MARKETS: Suez blockage highlights Asia’s vulnerability to disruptions, says Wood Mackenzie

(EnergyAsia, April 10, 2021, Sunday) — The following is a series of comments written by analysts at consulting firm Wood Mackenzie. Introduction by Gavin Thompson, Asia Pacific vice chair of Wood Mackenzie. Asia’s economies are intimately linked to global maritime trade. Cargo vessels sailing from the ports of Northeast Asia’s export giants supply the consumers (more…)

JAPAN: Eneos to convert Osaka refinery, focus Chiba plant on exports

(EnergyAsia, October 20, 2020, Tuesday) — In response to Japan’s declining domestic oil consumption, the country’s largest downstream company, Eneos Holdings, has announced a restructuring of the ownership and operations at two of its refineries….

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ASIA: Gasoline retail ripe for consolidation in the wake of COVID-19

COMMENT By Abhi Bhuchar * (EnergyAsia, July 17, 2020, Friday) — For most segments of the oil and gas industry in Asia, the outlook is dismal for the next two years at least. One exception may be fuel retailing where a fractionalized market with large swaths of underdeveloped assets seems headed for consolidation and major (more…)

ASIA: Oil stored in offshore tankers easing on uptick in demand

(EnergyAsia, June 19, 202, Friday) — The recent uptick in Asia’s oil demand, led by China and India, has contributed to a decline in crude and products stored in tankers, say analysts. The two countries account for 55% of the region’s 36 million barrels/day oil market….

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SRI LANKA: China-backed Hambantota Port says tank farm and fuel services fully operational

(EnergyAsia, June 16, 2020, Tuesday) — Sri Lanka has taken another step forward to becoming a fuels trading hub in South Asia with the start-up of an oil tank farm and bunker fuel supply services in the southeastern port of Hambantota….

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INDIA: Strategic petroleum stockpile at record level as storage efforts shift to tankers

(EnergyAsia, May 9, 2020, Saturday) — India has boosted its strategic petroleum reserves to a record 32 million tonnes or over 235 million barrels after a recent spate of buying to take advantage of the collapse in world oil prices….

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CHINA: Shortage of storage capacity hampers Shanghai exchange’s global oil pricing ambition

(EnergyAsia, May 3, 2020, Sunday) — China’s attempt to have a bigger influence on world crude prices has been partly hampered by the lack of storage capacity to help traders settle oil futures contracts on the Shanghai International Energy Exchange (INE)….

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MARKETS: Asia whiplashed as oil goes from the threat of US$200 a barrel to the reality of US$20

(EnergyAsia, April 20, 2020, Monday) — In under six months, the world went from fearing the devastating prospects of crude oil at US$200 a barrel to experiencing the equally devastating reality of the commodity’s collapse to $20….

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THAILAND: PTT’s expansion plan under threat as outlook darkens, net profit down 22.3% for 2019

(EnergyAsia, March 31, 2020, Tuesday) — PTT plc, Thailand’s main energy firm, may have to revise its ambitious expansion plan as it faces the simultaneous threats of a global economic recession, slumping oil and gas prices, and declining profitability in 2020….

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INDIA: Energy security to weaken as OPEC predicts more than doubling of oil demand by 2040

(EnergyAsia, November 27, 2019, Wednesday) — India is unlikely to resolve its energy supply challenge for at least another 20 years, judging by the latest oil forecast issued by the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC)….

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