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VIETNAM: Russia’s Gazprom unit to invest in upstream activities, buy 49% stake in troubled refinery

(EnergyAsia, Monday April 14 2015, Tuesday) — Gazprom Neft, the oil subsidiary of Russia’s leading gas producer Gazprom, said it plans to invest in Vietnam’s upstream sector as well as acquire a 49% stake in the country’s only oil refinery at Dung Quat. Gazprom Neft said its venture into the Southeast Asian country will be […]

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MARKETS: US shale sector hopes for oil price recovery while global exploration costs seen falling 30%, say consultants

(EnergyAsia, April 9, 2015, Thursday) — Amid sharply reduced budgets and activities, the US shale sector is hoping for the stage to be set for oil prices to stabilise and eventually recover, said UK consultant Douglas-Westwood (DW). Another consultant Wood Mackenzie expects exploration costs to fall by a third, spurring drilling activity for 2016 to […]

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AUSTRALIA: Chevron sold off entire 50% stake in Caltex to focus on LNG projects

(EnergyAsia, March 30 2015, Monday) — US major Chevron has sold off its entire long-held 50% stake in Australia’s largest downstream company for A$4.7 billion to focus on developing its core Gorgon and Wheatstoneliquefied natural gas (LNG) projects. (US$1=A$1.30). Despite the exit, Chevron said in a statement it remains one of Australia’s largest foreign investors and […]

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MALAYSIA: Southeast Asia’ s first crude oil storage terminal launched

(EnergyAsia, March 26 2015, Thursday) — Malaysia’s Johor state has started up Southeast Asia’s first commercial crude oil storage terminal with the receipt of one million barrels of Middle Eastern crude from a supertanker last week. MT Mesdar, a vessel chartered by France’s Total, docked at the Pengerang deepwater terminal jointly owned by Dutch oil […]

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MARKETS: BIMCO developing charter to bring greater flexibility to LNG spot trades

(EnergyAsia, March 24 2015, Tuesday) — In response to the growing liquefied natural gas (LNG) trade, the world’s largest shipping association said it is working with the industry to develop a new contract to provide for better risk and cost-management of the fuel’s transportation under voyage charter terms. The Baltic and International Maritime Council (BIMCO), […]

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ASIA: Summer LNG price rally to be cut short by additional Australian production, says Wood Mackenzie

(EnergyAsia, March 19 2015, Thursday) — Asia’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) prices will enjoy a brief rally in the summer that will be quickly cut down by the start-up of new production capacity in Australia, predicts energy consultant Wood Mackenzie. The expected resumption of operations at some nuclear plants in Japan will also pressure Asian […]

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STORAGE: CME Group to launch first physically delivered crude oil storage futures contract on March 29

(EnergyAsia, March 18 2015, Wednesday) — CME Group, the world’s largest derivatives market operator, said it and two US firms expect to launch a physically delivered crude oil storage futures contract on March 29 upong receiving US regulatory approval. The Chicago-based firm said it jointly developed the pioneering contract with LOOP LLC, operator of the […]

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SINGAPORE: Puma Energy expands global bitumen and fuels businesses with acquisitions in Australia and the UK

(EnergyAsia, March 16 2015, Monday) — In separate announcements today, Singapore-based Puma Energy said it has agreed to purchase BP’s bitumen business in Australia and Murco Petroleum’s fuels wholesale and distribution business in the UK. The proposed deals will be subject to local regulatory approvals. The integrated midstream and downstream energy company, which has been […]

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INDIA: Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and five others charged over alleged role in coal scandal

(EnergyAsia, March 12 2015, Thursday) — The Indian government’s attempt to solve the country’s decade-long energy crisis took an unexpected twist yesterday with the arrest of its powerful former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and some his allies to face charges of corruption and criminal conspiracy related to the alleged illegal sales and allocations of the […]

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