ANGOLA: IMF may return in October to resume talks over troubled economy

(EnergyAsia, July 20 2016, Wednesday) — The International Monetary Fund (IMF) said it may return to Angola in October to resume discussions after the financially-strapped government of President Jose Eduardo dos Santos rejected an offer of a loan bailout package. dos Santos told the fund his government did not want the proposed loan and was...

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IRAQ: IMF lends US$5.4 billion to help economy cope with oil and war shocks

(EnergyAsia, July 17 2016, Sunday) — The International Monetary Fund (IMF) said it is lending Iraq US$5.4-billion to help the war-torn country stave off economic collapse from the “double shocks” of the oil price collapse and on-going military conflicts. Iraq’s economy contracted by 2.4% last year despite a 13% rise in oil production as the...

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CHINA: Hanergy and Germany’s Africa GreenTec advance production and use of off-grid power, says Harrop

(EnergyAsia, July 11 2016, Monday) — This is an edited version of an article written by Peter Harrop, chairman of IDTechEx, a Cambridge, UK firm which provides independent research and business intelligence and advice. Innovations undertaken separately by China’s Hanergy and Germany’s Africa GreenTec have helped advance the production and consumption of off-grid clean renewable (more…)

NIGERIA: Oil sector looks to China for US$80 billion worth of energy investments

(EnergyAsia, July 10 2016, Sunday) — Nigeria is hoping to revive the fortunes of its battered oil industry following last week’s memorandum of understating (MOU) to secure US$80 billion worth of energy investments from China. The proposed deals are far from certain amid the escalating threats from militia groups to Nigeria’s main oil-producing Niger Delta...

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UPSTREAM: Rystad Energy and BP clash over which country has world’s largest crude oil reserves

(EnergyAsia, July 5 2016, Tuesday) — Thanks to its shale revolution, the US now has the world’s largest recoverable crude oil reserves of 264 billion barrels, said Norwegian consulting firm Rystad Energy. The Oslo-based firm made the headline-grabbing conclusion in a statement that ranked Russia second with 256 billion barrels and Saudi Arabia a distant...

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SAUDI ARABIA: Aramco and Sabic to jointly study building US$30 billion oil-to-chemicals complex

(EnergyAsia, July 5 2016, Tuesday) — Two of Saudi Arabia’s largest state-owned companies said they have agreed to conduct a joint feasibility study to develop a fully integrated complex in the kingdom to convert crude oil into chemicals and high-end products. Petroleum giant Saudi Aramco and chemicals conglomerate Saudi Arabian Basic Industries Corp (Sabic) said...

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ASIA: UN agency and energy group to cooperate on boosting region’s electricity trade, cross-border grid connections

(EnergyAsia, July 3 2016, Sunday) — The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) said it and the Global Energy Interconnection Development and Cooperation Organization (GEIDCO) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to cooperate on boosting the region’s cross-border electricity connections and trade. Shamshad Akhtar, ESCAP’s Executive Secretary and the (more…)

NIGERIA: Inflation set to accelerate with naira’s 43% plunge a week after currency float

(EnergyAsia, June 29 2016, Wednesday) — Nigeria is bracing for more domestic political turmoil from a projected surge in inflation with the 43% collapse of the naira following the government’s June 20 decision to float the currency. President Muhammadu Buhari buckled to months of pressure from the business community and the International Monetary Fund (IMF)...

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Companies ready to help Asia grow economy, fight climate change and improve energy security

Asia Power Week, June 20 2016 Asia’s governments today face an increasingly difficult set of challenges to grow their nations’ economies, mitigate climate change and improve energy security all at the same time, said the World Bank. To succeed, they will need political resolve, financial resources as well as help from infrastructure and engineering firms (more…)

MIDDLE EAST: Region accounted for 75% of OPEC export revenue in 2015

(EnergyAsia, June 20 2016, Monday) — The export revenues of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) will plunge to a 12-year low of nearly US$341 billion in 2016, predicts the US Energy Information Administration (EIA). Coincidentally, the price of Brent benchmark crude is forecast to fall to a 12-year average low of US$43.03 per...

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SAUDI ARABIA: Government hurries economic diversification plan as oil’s share of GDP falls to 30%

(EnergyAsia, June 16 2016, Thursday) — Two years into the global energy market collapse with no certainty of a recovery, Saudi Arabia has hurriedly approved a radical economic diversification plan after firing its long-serving oil minister. Last week, the Saudi government approved the first phase of Vision 2030 to transform the economy and reduce dependence...

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MIDDLE EAST: Political instability from low oil prices and conflicts threatens other regions, says IMF

(EnergyAsia, June 13 2016, Monday) — Two years into the global energy price collapse, the political and socio-economic turmoil gripping the Middle East and Central Asia could become a lot worse amid the “exceptionally challenging policy environment”, said the International Monetary Fund (IMF). In a 52-page survey released early June, the fund said the mounting...

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MARKETS: Unplanned global oil supply disruptions at highest level since January 2011, says EIA

(EnergyAsia, June 11 2016, Saturday) — Unplanned global oil supply disruptions averaged more than 3.6 million b/d in May 2016, the highest monthly level recorded since the US government’s energy unit began keeping such records in January 2011. According to the Energy Information Administration (EIA), a huge surge in production losses in Canada, Nigeria, Iraq (more…)

INDONESIA: Oiltanking-Gunvor joint venture starts up oil storage terminal on Karimun Island

(EnergyAsia, June 6 2016, Monday) — With the June 6 start-up of a 730,000-cubic metre terminal, Indonesia’s Karimun Island has realised a century-old vision to provide oil storage services to support the booming trade in Southeast Asia. In a statement, PT Oiltanking Karimun, a joint venture between Oiltanking GmbH and Gunvor Group, said its state-of-the-art...

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SINGAPORE: No serious security threat yet to booming offshore oil storage, analysts say

(EnergyAsia, June 3 2016, Friday) — There are no immediate or serious security threats yet to the growing volume of oil stored in floating tankers in and around the increasingly congested waters off Singapore, but vulnerability exists, said analysts. Faced with a permanent land shortage, Singapore, one of the world’s leading oil trading and storage...

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COMPANY: Puma Energy considering a public listing

(EnergyAsia, June 1 2016, Tuesday) — On the back of its successful expansion across the world, Singapore-based mid-and-downstream firm Puma Energy is looking to list its shares on a major stock exchange, according to UK’s Sky News. In a story last week, Sky News reported that the firm which specialises in operating fuel storage and...

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MARKETS: Storage is key to oil price outlook as supply-demand gap narrows

(EnergyAsia, June 1 2016, Tuesday) — After months of debate over the direction of global oil prices, the International Energy Agency (IEA) has emerged the clear winner over Wall Street for correctly calling the market’s short-term recovery. Brent crude touched a six-month high of US$50.07 a barrel on May 26 to complete a steady rebound...

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JAPAN: Vopak sells off stake in joint venture firm owning five storage terminals

(EnergyAsia, May 31 2016, Tuesday) — Continuing its divestment of global assets to boost competitiveness, Dutch oil and chemical logistics giant Royal Vopak said it has sold off its 40% stake in Nippon Vopak Company Limited that owns and operates five storage terminals in Japan. The Rotterdam-based firm said it will realise a gain of (more…)

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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INDONESIA: SBS International and Black & Veatch to develop commercial tidal currents projects

(EnergyAsia, April 29 2016, Friday) — US infrastructure builder Black & Veatch said it and UK’s SBS International Ltd have agreed to jointly develop commercial-scale tidal current projects to produce energy for remote communities in Indonesia. The companies recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to follow through on feasibility studies supporting the development of (more…)

SINGAPORE: Construction begins on giant container port terminal

(EnergyAsia, April 29 2016, Friday) — Singapore has begun construction of a giant terminal at the western end of the island to replace existing container port facilities and consolidate operations for the long term. The first phase of the Tuas Terminal project will have 20 deepwater berths with an initial capacity to handle an annual (more…)