INDIA: Plans underway to jointly develop oil storage, downstream projects with Middle Eastern producers

(EnergyAsia, May 24 2016, Tuesday) — India is hoping to secure oil storage investment deals with Iran, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Kuwait to enhance its own energy security as well as bolster political, economic and military ties with the Middle East. Iran offers the most exciting prospect following the May 23 signing of a...

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FUJAIRAH: Concord Energy on track to start up crude and oil products storage by mid-2018

(EnergyAsia, May 23 2016, Monday) — Concord Energy, a Singapore-based energy trader and developer of oil infrastructure assets, said it is on course to construct and start up its second oil storage terminal in Fujairah by mid-2018. The Concord Oil Terminal will have the capacity to store up to 1.1 million cubic metres of crude...

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EAST ASIA: Region positioned to grow economy, fight climate change and improve energy security, says World Bank

(EnergyAsia, May 17 2016, Wednesday) — The governments of six East Asian countries are positioned to achieve a difficult trio of objectives: grow their nation’s economies, mitigate climate change and improve energy security, said the World Bank. In a special report, East Asia’s Sustainable Energy Future, the bank said China, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand...

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CLIMATE: World leaders signed Paris agreement, carbon pricing deal to slow down global warming

(EnergyAsia, May 15 2015, Monday) — The world faces a tough struggle to slow down global warming despite last month’s signing of an agreement by 175 countries to keep global temperature from rising between 1.5 and two degree Celsius above pre-industrial levels around 1750. Bjorn Lomborg, a well-known critic of climate agreements, has described the...

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COMPANY: Puma Energy reports record sales and gross profit for January-March quarter

(EnergyAsia, May 12 2016, Thursday) — Singapore’s Puma Energy said it achieved rapid growth in its January-to-March quarter including record sales volume and gross profit compared with the same period last year. The integrated mid and downstream energy company with operations in Asia, Europe, Africa and the Americas said gross profit rose 23.3% to US$428...

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MARKETS: IEA sees possible “light at the end of the tunnel” for oil prices

(EnergyAsia, March 12 2016, Saturday) — Nearly two years into the global oil price collapse, the International Energy Agency (IEA) has suggested the market is close to bottom with a comment that there is “light at the end of the tunnel”. In its latest monthly report, the agency observed that crude oil prices have recovered...

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AUSTRALIA: LNG export earnings seen surging 22%, oil revenues to drop in FY2015

(EnergyAsia, March 5 2016, Saturday) — Australia expects its combined oil and gas export earnings to increase by more than 9% to A$27.86 billion for the current fiscal year to June, compared with A$25.55 billion for FY2014 (US$1=A$1.4). According to the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, the nation’s earnings from liquefied natural gas (LNG)...

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INDIA: IMF urges continued push to promote private investment and structural reforms

(EnergyAsia, March 4 2016, Friday) — India must continue to promote private investment and structural reforms to ensure its economy stays on the path of sustainable long-term growth, said the International Monetary Fund (IMF). A mix of positive policy actions and the unexpected collapse in oil prices will enable India’s economic growth to accelerate to...

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ASIA: Changes to pricing, trading system imminent, predicts president of world’s largest LNG importer

(EnergyAsia, March 3 2016, Wednesday) — Asia’s rigid and well-established system of trading and pricing its liquefied natural gas (LNG) cargoes is breaking down as more supply comes on the market with new players prepared to offer better terms to buyers, said Yuji Kakimi, president of Japan’s JERA Co Inc. JERA was established last April...

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MALAYSIA: Petronas’s 2015 net profit down 56% to RM20.8 billion on write-offs and weaker currency

(EnergyAsia, March 1 2016, Tuesday) — Low oil and gas prices, asset write-offs and a weaker local currency combined to sink Malaysian state energy firm Petronas’s after-tax profits by 56.3% to RM20.8 for 2015. Revenues were down 24.7% to RM247.7 billion while cashflow crashed by a third to RM69.6 billion, dragged down mostly by a...

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AUSTRALIA: Santos writes off A$3.9 billion, suffers record loss of A$2.7 billion for 2015

(EnergyAsia, February 29 2016, Monday) — Australian upstream company Santos said it wrote off a further A$3.924 billion worth of assets after reporting a record loss of A$2.9 billion last year as oil and gas prices continued their rapid descent from mid-2014. (US$1=A$1.4). The tide of red ink flowed through from 2014 when the company...

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IRAN: Technical and political hurdles to limit 2016 oil production to 500,000 b/d, predicts Moody’s

(EnergyAsia, February 22 2016, Monday) — Despite being recently freed of most sanctions to trade with the world, Iran will be hard pressed to produce more than 500,000 b/d of crude oil this year owing to a combination of “technical and political hurdles”, said Moody’s Investor Service. Iran could be fully re-admitted into the global...

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CHINA: State oil companies under review by Moody’s for possible ratings downgrade

(EnergyAsia, February 18 2016, Thursday) — Five of China’s leading state-owned oil firms and some of their subsidiaries have been placed on review by Moody’s Investor Service for a possible downgrade of their current Aa3 credit ratings. The US ratings agency said the review covers China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC), China Petrochemical Corporation (Sinopec Group),...

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JAPAN: LNG import prices to remain linked to crude oil formula despite increase in spot trades

(EnergyAsia, February 13 2016, Saturday) — Led by Japan, Asia’s use of an established crude oil-based formula to price its liquefied natural gas (LNG) imports will likely continue into the next decade, according to one of the region’s leading energy economists. In a recent commentary, Ken Koyama, chief economist and managing director of the Institute...

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SINGAPORE: SGX makes another attempt at energy futures pricing and trading with LNG contract

(EnergyAsia, February 12 2016, Friday) — For all its illustrious history as Asia’s oil centre, Singapore is still missing a vital piece in its quest to become a full-fledged energy trading hub: a successful futures exchange to support price discovery and regional paper trades. New York and London set the standard as true global centres...

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JAPAN: Economy still weak despite the benefit of 18 months of cheap oil and gas prices

(EnergyAsia, February 1 2016, Monday) — Japan’s ailing energy-intensive economy continues to struggle for life despite the infusion of an unexpected windfall from prolonged weak oil and gas prices since mid-2014. Even with the support of a weak yen and Tokyo injecting over US$30 billion in stimulus spending last year, the economy grew by just...

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JAPAN: Fate of nuclear power industry will shape long-term LNG, fossil fuels demand

(EnergyAsia, January 25 2016, Monday) — The precarious fate of Japan’s nuclear power industry will cast an uncertain shadow over the country’s energy outlook for at least the next 15 years, suggests its state planning agency. The bulk of Japan’s nuclear power plants, which used to supply nearly 30% of its electricity, remains idled after...

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SAUDI ARABIA: King Salman, China’s President Xi jointly opened year-old Yanbu oil refinery

(EnergyAsia, January 21 2016, Thursday) — Saudi Arabia’s King Salman and China’s President Xi Jinping have officially launched a 400,000 b/d oil refinery in Yanbu city jointly owned by their countries’ state energy firms that will help deepen China’s involvement in the Middle East. Amid security concerns, the two leaders officiated the Wednesday launch from...

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JAPAN: JERA on course to reduce term LNG purchases in favour of spot purchases

(EnergyAsia, January 17 2016, Sunday) — Japan’s JERA Co Inc has set its sights on meeting at least half its 40 million tonnes/year of liquefied natural gas (LNG) purchases through spot trades to take advantage of expected low prices over the next few years. Established last April through the merger of two of the country’s...

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MARKETS: IEA says global oil stockpile at record three billion barrels

(EnergyAsia, December 3 2015, Thursday) — The International Energy Agency (IEA) has delivered another piece of news to beat down any hopes for a near-term recovery in oil prices: global stockpile have just topped a record three billion barrels. According to the agency, the stockpiles “are providing world markets with a degree of comfort” as...

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ASIA: Modest growth, healthy margins outlook for oil refiners, says Moody’s

(EnergyAsia, December 2 2015, Wednesday) — Moody’s Investor Service said Asian downstream oil companies can expect modest growth and healthy margins in 2016 with crude prices staying low and the region’s refining capacity glut easing off. The US rating agency presented its forecast of the industry in a report examining the prospects of nine major...

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MARKETS: Analysts see crude in the $20s, Saudi officials hoping for recovery in 2016

(EnergyAsia, November 23 2015, Monday) — Down by over 65% since mid-2014, crude oil prices could fall another 50% to the US$20s a barrel next year, said analysts at Wall Street firms. The oil market’s fundamentals are worsening, particularly with the sharp slowdown in the economies of Saudi Arabia and China combining to pressure lower...

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CENTRAL ASIA: Doubts persist over proposed TAPI gas pipeline

(EnergyAsia, November 20 2015, Friday) — Despite reports of a December start-up, the construction of possibly Asia’s most ambitious pipeline project to supply natural gas from Turkmenistan to Afghanistan, Pakistan and India remains shrouded in doubt as it faces a myriad of mounting financial, political and security problems. Proponents of the proposed TAPI pipeline, named...

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MARKETS: Oil demand growth to slow sharply from five-year high in 2015, says IEA

(EnergyAsia, November 1 2015, Sunday) — Global oil demand growth will slow sharply to 1.2 million b/d next year after reaching what would be a five-year high of 1.77 million b/d in 2015, predicts the International Energy Agency (IEA). Demand has been stimulated by more than a year of low oil prices, with the world’s...

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CENTRAL ASIA: World Bank expects region’s economies to face “strong headwinds” on new challenges from weak oil, Russia

(EnergyAsia, October 31, 2015, Saturday) — Still reeling from the effects of the global financial crisis of 2008, the World Bank said Central Asia is facing “strong headwinds” from a set of new challenges brought on by the continuing weakness in oil and gas prices, Russia’s recession and worsening relations with the West, the slowdown...

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