(EnergyAsia, October 15 2018, Monday) — Some Asian countries are reviving an old habit of raising fuel subsidies in response to rising oil prices. The Brent crude price is holding firmly at a four-year high level of over US$80 a barrel as more traders bet it will breach US$100 sometime next year.
(EnergyAsia, September 27, 2018, Thursday) — For once, Donald Trump will not be eager to claim credit for what could turn out to be a geopolitical and energy deal of global significance.
(EnergyAsia, August 20 2018, Monday) — The most notable feature of the recent agreements between Saudi Aramco, Abu Dhabi National Oil Co (Adnoc), and a consortium of Indian oil companies to build a US$44-billion refinery-petrochemicals complex on India’s west coast was the absence of a deadline for the proposed project’s completion.
EnergyAsia, August 19 2018, Sunday
Asia’s political stability faces a series of stress tests from the unique triple threats of a possible oil shock, a strong US dollar, and the hardline foreign policy stance of the United States towards China, Russia and Iran.
(EnergyAsia, August 7, 2018, Tuesday) — Asia’s share of the world’s oil market has nearly doubled over the past 30 years to a record 35.2% in 2017, according to BP’s latest annual review of energy statistics.
(EnergyAsia, June 20 2018, Wednesday) — Singapore will remain an important centre for Asia’s booming oil trade despite the growing challenge from potential rivals in China, South Korea and Southeast Asia, said the latest entrant into the region’s independent oil storage business.
(EnergyAsia, June 16 2018, Saturday) — Mobil Refining Australia, a subsidiary of ExxonMobil, has announced it will be building a new crude oil storage tank at its Altona refinery near Melbourne city to help meet the country’s growing demand for transportation fuels.
(EnergyAsia, May 25 2018, Friday) — Abu Dhabi has begun storing crude oil in India with the first delivery of a two-million barrel cargo to an underground cavern in the western port of Mangalore early this week.
(EnergyAsia, May 25 2018, Friday) — China may have built up the world’s largest strategic petroleum capacity in 2017, according to data provided by the International Energy Agency (IEA).
(EnergyAsia, May 15 2018, Wednesday) — Australia clearly believes it is still a lucky country judging from the continued sanguine response to the latest warnings that its petroleum stockpiles are stuck at emergency low levels as crude prices surged to a four-year high.
(EnergyAsia, March 27 2018, Tuesday) — Buoyed by expectations for the region’s sustained economic prospects, Singapore is hopeful its bunker fuel sales will build on last year’s record sales of 50.6 million tonnes.
(EnergyAsia, February 18, 2018, Monday) — If Southeast Asia’s 10 countries were to merge into a new nation, it would have the world’s third largest population, and its sixth largest economy. The region’s 640-million population would be behind China and India in size, while its combined GDP of nearly US$2.6 trillion would be larger than France’s and smaller than the United Kingdom’s.
(EnergyAsia, February 10 2018, Saturday) — Thailand’s state-owned PTT Exploration & Production PCL (PTTEP) is making good on a promise to expand its hydrocarbon reserves with an agreement buy over Royal Dutch Shell’s combined 22.2222% stake in the Bongkot field and an adjoining acreage located off the coast of Thailand.
(EnergyAsia, February 7 2018, Wednesday) — Boosted by sharply higher export prices of liquefied natural gas, coal and other commodities in 2017, Indonesia’s economy expanded by 5.07% for its fastest growth rate in four years, the government’s Central Statistics Agency has announced.
(EnergyAsia, February 5 2018, Monday) — in its search for energy security, Indonesia risks creating an uncompetitive giant from the planned merger of two of its largest state-owned oil and gas companies, said consulting firm Wood Mackenzie.
(EnergyAsia, January 29 2018, Monday) — Buoyed by a near 60% surge in net profit last year, Thailand’s largest oil and gas company said it plans to boost its petroleum reserves by investing in upstream projects in Southeast Asia and the Middle East.
(EnergyAsia, January 26 2018, Friday) — Indonesia is becoming less dependent on energy exports as evident from its 2017 trade surplus reaching a five-year high of US$11.83 billion despite the continuing decline in its oil and gas sales.
(EnergyAsia, January 24, 2018, Wednesday) — Singapore’s ‘world-class’ offshore oil and gas sector could lose lucrative oil-rig building contracts after its two leading companies were named in a scandal involving the bribery of Brazilian officials in exchange for multi-billion-dollar contracts.
(EnergyAsia, January 15, 2017, Monday) — Royal Vopak of the Netherlands said its jointly owned storage terminal in the southern Malaysian state of Johor is on course to begin operating in the first half of 2019.
(EnergyAsia, January 11, 2017, Thursday) — China’s influence on the world’s oil markets is growing, thanks in part to the increasing role of its refiners in boosting both crude imports and product exports at the same time.
(EnergyAsia, January 10, 2018, Wednesday) — Asia’s oil expenditure could rise another 9% in 2018 after surging by an estimated 25% last year, according to calculations based on US government data and projections.
(EnergyAsia, December 23, 2017, Saturday) — Without much fanfare, the oil markets have recovered strongly over the past year, with Brent crude rising by nearly a quarter or US$10 a barrel, said the US Energy Information Administration (EIA).
(EnergyAsia, December 21, 2017, Thursday) — India will continue to outpace China and remain as Asia’s fastest growing major economy and energy consumer, according to the World Bank.
(EnergyAsia, December 16 2017, Saturday) — Australia’s natural gas industry is heading into 2018 in “confident new mood” as it continues to recover from a three-year slump, said energy veteran Graeme Bethune.