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MARKETS: IEA dampens expectations for major oil price rise as supply growth slows from mid-2015

(EnergyAsia, February 26 2015, Thursday) — Forget about oil prices overshooting to the upside and making a strong recovery even as the growth in global oil supply slows sharply from mid-year, predicts the International Energy Agency (IEA). With the drastically changed market conditions, the agency said it expects the crude oil price to average US$55 […]

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OMAN: UK’s Amec Foster Wheeler starts work on design of Ras Markaz crude oil storage tank farm

(EnergyAsia, February 24 2015, Tuesday) — UK’s Amec Foster Wheeler has started work on the front-end engineering design of the Ras Markaz crude oil storage tank farm in Oman following the contract’s award by state-owned Oman Tank Terminal Company (OTTCO) last month. The London-based firm declined to reveal the contract’s value for the project which […]

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CHINA: Energy demand has decoupled significantly from GDP, says Wood Mackenzie economist

(EnergyAsia, February 17 2015, Tuesday) — Breaking from a two-decade trend, China’s demand for energy and other natural resources grew at a significantly slower rate than the 7.4% increase in its GDP last year, said UK consultant Wood Mackenzie. Calling this a “decoupling”, its principal economist for Asia, Cynthia Lim, said the energy sector will […]

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SHIPPING: IHS expects maritime casualties to increase as world continues to expand trading fleet

(EnergyAsia, February 10 2015, Tuesday) — IHS, a leading global provider of critical information and insight, said it expects maritime casualties to increase around the world, particularly in hotspots in northeren Europe and Southeast Asia as trading fleets continue to expand. The incidences of hull and machinery damage, wrecking and stranding, ship-on-ship collisions and contact […]

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MALAYSIA: Johor state agency to take 10% stakes in Pengerang oil and LNG terminals

(EnergyAsia, February 9 2015, Monday) — The Johor state government will acquire a 10% stake in two proposed terminals at the Pengerang Integrated Complex (PIC) being developed by Malaysia’s national oil and gas firm Petronas, all targeted for start-up in 2019. In a statement, Petronas said the State Secretary Incorporated Johor (SSI) has also signed […]

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SHIPPING: UK-based broker Seacurus offers insurance cover for petroleum-related piracy in Southeast Asian waters

(EnergyAsia, February 6 2015, Friday) — UK-based Seacurus said it is offering insurance coverage on pirate attacks against oil tankers, cargoes and crew transiting the South China Sea, Malacca Straits, Indonesian Archipelago and Gulf of Guinea. The cover is being offered to customers’ existing Kidnap & Ransom (KR) insurance policies in response to the rising […]

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MARKETS: Negative impact of oil price drop on producing countries exceeds benefits for consumers, says World Bank

(EnergyAsia, February 5 2015, Thursday) — On balance, the negative economic impact of an oil price decline on producing countries exceeds the benefits accruing to consuming countries, said the World Bank. In its flagship ‘Global Economic Prospects’ report, it said oil-exporting economies could expect to contract by 0.8 to 2.5 percentage points in the year […]

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SINGAPORE: Bunker sales down for third consecutive year, but overall maritime performance improved

EnergyAsia, February 2 2015, Monday) — For the third consecutive year, Singapore reported lower bunker sales in 2014 as trade fell on a combination of tightening credit and confusion following the bankruptcy of a key supplier, the imposition of tighter fuel specifications, better fuel efficiency, and fears of a slowing global economy amid the sharp […]

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