MALAYSIA: Petronas faces negative cash flow in 2015; 2Q net profit plunged 47.3%

(EnergyAsia, August 18 2015, Tuesday) — After announcing a 47.3% plunge in second quarter profit, the CEO and president of Malaysia’s state-owned energy firm Petronas said he expects the company to tap into cash reserves this year to help pay for on-going operations, capital investments and mandated dividends to the government. (more…)

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MARKET: Developing countries continue to boost coal consumption, say scientists in new research study

(EnergyAsia, August 12 2015, Wednesday) — Despite growing calls to reduce the world’s greenhouse gas emissions, China, India and many developing countries are increasing their consumption of the most polluting fossil fuel — coal, according to a new study undertaken by three scientists at the Berlin-based Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change […]

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CHINA: Declining coal demand piles further pressure on Australia’s mining industry, says Moody’s

(EnergyAsia, August 11 2015, Tuesday) — China’s slowing energy demand is further draining the financial life out of Australia’s thermal coal miners and services companies at a time when they are struggling with low commodity prices, said US ratings agency Moody’s. China’s thermal coal demand is declining amid the country’s slowing industrial production and push […]

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LIBYA: National Oil Company’s eastern chairman wants to reopen use of oil terminals, boost production

(EnergyAsia, August 10 2015, Monday) — Boosted by a banking deal with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) last week, the newly appointed chairman of Libya’s National Oil Company (NOC) said he plans to lift the force majeure on the country’s Ras Lanuf and As Sidra oil terminals, according to a briefing note from MAST Security. […]

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US: Refining throughput hits record high of over 17 million b/d, says EIA

(EnergyAsia, August 8 2015, Saturday) — Reflecting the growing strength of the US economy, its refiners have been operating at a record throughput of over 17 million b/d since mid-July, said the Energy Information Administration (EIA). The rolling four-week average of US gross refinery inputs has been above the five-year range every week so far […]

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