CHINA: Canada’s Cenovus Energy makes first “very significant” crude oil sale

(EnergyAsia, March 23 2012, Friday) — Canadian oilsands producer Cenovus Energy Inc has exported its first crude oil cargo to China that it hopes could lead to a long-term supply deal. The Calgary, Alberta-based company declined to reveal the identity of the Chinese buyer which took the 250,000-barrel cargo of heavy crude last month as...

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CHINA: Fitch says energy plan favours grid, nuclear power companies

(EnergyAsia, March 23 2012, Friday) — China’s latest plan to reform energy use and resource pricing will benefit the state companies that own and operate the nation’s electricity grid, nuclear power plants and retail oil markets, but not the thermal power industry, said US ratings agency Fitch. In his report to the National People’s Congress...

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CHINA: Government under pressure after missing energy conservation, emissions targets

(EnergyAsia, March 23 2012, Friday) — China failed to meet its targets to reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions last year, putting the government under pressure to accelerate its energy conservation and environmental plans as part of an ambitious economic restructuring programme in coming years. According to Zhang Ping, Minister of the National Development and...

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CHINA: State oil firms to build new storage terminals in Tianjin Port and Fujian province

(EnergyAsia, March 23 2012, Friday) — Three of China’s main state oil companies each plan to build new storage terminals to serve major markets in the northern and southern parts of the country. China Petrochemical Corp (Sinopec Group) and China National Petroleum Corp (CNPC) said they will each build a 300,000-ton terminal in Tianjin city...

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THAILAND: Shaw awarded contracts for deep catalytic cracking technology for refinery upgrade project

(EnergyAsia, March 23 2012, Friday) — The Shaw Group Inc, a US-based global provider of engineering, construction, technology, fabrication, remediation and support services, said it has been awarded contracts to provide a process design package and technology licence for the addition of a 30,000 b/d deep catalytic cracking (DCC) unit for IRPC’s oil refinery in (more…)

PEOPLE: Bright prospects, higher salaries await oil and gas professionals in Asia, says Rigzone

(EnergyAsia, March 22 2012, Thursday) — Exploration and production spending is expected to rise in Asia in 2012, creating an environment ripe for oil and gas professionals to switch jobs, even though employers are frequently offering incentives to keep them in their current position, said Rigzone, a leading online resource for oil and gas information, (more…)

INDIA: IMF chief meets PM Manmohan Singh, warns Brent could exceed US$160 on Iran conflict

(EnergyAsia, March 22 2012, Thursday) — The International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief said Brent crude oil could surge 20% to 30% from its current level of US$125 a barrel if oil flows from Iran were disrupted in the event of conflict with the West. Following her visit to China and India earlier this week, Christine (more…)

DUBAI: DEWA launched 250-million-dirham main substation and cables

(EnergyAsia, March 22 2012, Friday) — Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) said it is continuing its efforts to raise and upgrade the emirate’s power capacity and infrastructure to keep pace with the growth of demand. The agency upgraded its 132kV power transmission grid by opening a 120-million-dirham 132/11kV main substation with a 150 MVA (more…)

CHINA: CNPC and Shell sign first shale gas production sharing contract for Sichuan Basin block

(EnergyAsia, March 22 2012, Thursday) — China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) and Shell China Exploration and Production Company Limited, a subsidiary of the European major, said they have signed what could be the country’s first shale gas production sharing contract (PSC). Still to be approved by the Chinese government, the contract is for the exploration, (more…)

INDIA: Refiners look to exports to offset domestic losses

(EnergyAsia, March 22 2012, Wednesday) — As a strategy to stay ahead of their East Asian rivals, India’s oil refiners are aggressively expanding plant capacity and upgrading capabilities while boosting product exports to offset losses from their domestic downstream operations. Led by IndianOil Corp, BPCL, HPCL and Essar Oil, Indian refiners expect to increase their...

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VIETNAM: VTT leveraging solid biomass fuel resources

(EnergyAsia, March 21 2012, Wednesday) — Vietnam has substantial biomass resources, which are mainly used by households and small businesses. Finland’s VTT Technical Research Centre is hoping to leverage the country’s solid biomass fuel resources on an industrial scale through an energy and environment partnership programme operated by the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs. In...

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CHINA: Oil contributed to biggest record monthly trade deficit in February

(EnergyAsia, March 21 2012, Wednesday) — As part of its great economic rebalancing act, China appears to be reducing its US dollar holdings, de-emphasising exports and increasing oil imports that contributed to a larger-than-expected trade deficit of US$31.49 billion for February, its biggest monthly on record. Even taking into account reduced activity during the Lunar...

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INDIA: Essar Oil starts up diesel hydrotreater unit at Vadinar refinery to produce Euro V-grade gasoil

(EnergyAsia, March 21 2012, Wednesday) — India’s privately owned Essar Oil Ltd said its Vadinar refinery in Gujarat state produce can now produce Euro V-grade gasoil with the start-up of a new diesel hydrotreater unit. The Essar Group company said it would complete the first phase expansion of the refinery with the commissioning of the...

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CHINA: Kuwait Petroleum Corp, Total sign MOU for refining-petrochemicals project in Guangdong province

(EnergyAsia, March 21 2012, Wednesday) — France’s Total and two subsidiaries of Kuwait Petroleum Corp said they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to develop an integrated oil refining-petrochemicals complex in Zhanjiang, China’s southern-most major city in Guangdong province with Chinese major Sinopec. Through its subsidiaries, Kuwait Petroleum International (KPI) and Petrochemicals Industries Company (more…)

CHINA: The Xinjiang Quagmire

(EnergyAsia, March 21 2012, Wednesday) — The following is an edited version of an article by Arabinda Acharya and Wang Zhihao of the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS). At the National Peoples’ Congress early this month, the Chinese government announced an 11% increase in spending on domestic security. At US$ 111 billion, this is (more…)

SINGAPORE: ROS becomes second company to set up operations at Offshore Marine Centre

(EnergyAsia, March 20 2012, Tuesday) — Rotating Offshore Solutions (ROS) has become the second company to invest in Singapore’s new Offshore Marine Centre (OMC) owned and managed by state industrial landlord JTC Corp. ROS, an engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning services (EPCC) for the oil and gas industry, said its S$25 million facility ona two-hectare (more…)

PEOPLE: Schlumberger says E&P industry in “major transition” as a generation of petroleum professionals near retirement

(EnergyAsia, March 20 2012, Tuesday) — As it struggles to replace depleting mature oil fields at a time of surging global energy demand, the upstream oil and gas sector will face a critical loss of more than 22,000 senior key technical professionals through retirement by 2015. According to oilfield services company Schlumberger, the industry will (more…)

MALAYSIA: Petronas awards engineering contract for LNG Train 9 project to three foreign contractors

(EnergyAsia, March 20 2012, Tuesday) — Malaysian state energy company Petronas said it has awarded the contract for the Front End Engineering Design (FEED) for a 3.6 million tons/year liquefied natural gas (LNG) project to JGC Corporation and to a Chiyoda Corporation-Saipem SpA partnership. Petronas, which is building train 9 at its LNG complex in (more…)

JAPAN: INPEX to acquire 17.5% stake in Shell’s floating LNG project in Australia

(EnergyAsia, March 20 2012, Tuesday) — Japan’s leading upstream company, INPEX Corp, said its subsidiary, INPEX Oil & Gas Australia Proprietary Limited, has agreed to acquire a 17.5% interest in the Prelude floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) project from Shell Development (Australia) Proprietary Limited (SDA), a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell plc. Neither company disclosed (more…)

INDIA: Petronet working on expanding Dahej LNG terminal

(EnergyAsia, March 19 2012, Monday) — India’s largest gas importer, Petronet LNG Limited, said it has begun work on expanding the capacity of its 10-million-tonne/year Dahej terminal in Gujarat state to handle more liquefied natural gas (LNG) cargoes to meet the country’s rising energy consumption. After pushing Dahej to its operational limits to import 11...

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INDIA: Oil refining capacity seen rising 15% to 214 million tonnes by March

(EnergyAsia, March 19 2012, Monday) — India’s state planners expect the country’s annual oil refining capacity to grow by 15% year-on-year to 214 million tonnes (4.31 million b/d) for the current year ending March 31. According to their ‘Economic Survey 2011-12’ report submitted to Parliament last week, India’s 21 refineries are expected to produce 206.15...

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SINGAPORE: Oronite’s latest investment to expand Jurong Island additives plant by 2014

(EnergyAsia, March 19 2012, Monday) — US major Chevron said it has approved a multi-million-dollar expansion of its Oronite lubricant additives plant on Singapore’s Jurong Island by 2014, more than double the plant’s original capacity when it started up in 1999. The additives are used to improve the performance of lubricants used in engines, hydraulic (more…)

THAILAND: Shaw awarded contract to revamp residue fluid catalytic cracking unit

(EnergyAsia, March 19 2012, Monday) — The Shaw Group Inc, a US engineering company, said it has been awarded a contract to provide the technology licence and process design package for the revamp of a residue fluid catalytic cracking (RFCC) unit for the Star Petroleum Refining Company in Thailand. Shaw Group will incorporate the latest (more…)

MALAYSIA: Petronas, Germany’s BASF to jointly develop new refinery-petrochemical complex, expand existing plant

(EnergyAsia, March 19 2012, Monday) — Malaysia’s state energy company Petronas and German chemicals giant BASF said they will jointly invest a total of RM4 billion to develop an integrated oil refinery-petrochemical complex in the southern Malaysian state of Johor, and expand their existing venture in nearby Pahang state. (US$1=RM3.05). The two projects are targeted (more…)

JAPAN: OPEC expects oil demand to rise 2% in 2012 after climbing 0.6% in 2011

(EnergyAsia, March 16 2012, Friday) — OPEC expects Japan’s oil demand to grow by about 2% this year, making it one of the fastest in recent memory as the country looks to fossil fuels after shutting down most of their nuclear power plants. The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) said Japan’s oil consumption edged (more…)