QATAR: Shell signs new deals despite Doha’s regional political challenges

(EnergyAsia, June 19 2017, Monday) — As it digs in for a protracted political battle against several Arab countries, Qatar has been given a major endorsement by Anglo-Dutch energy giant Shell with the signing of two new business agreements….

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SAUDI ARABIA: Aramco and China’s Development Research Center (DRC) agree to advance joint collaboration and research

(EnergyAsia, June 15, 2017, Thursday) — Saudi Arabia’s state oil firm Aramco and China’s Development Research Center (DRC) have agreed to step up their collaboration and research activities in the energy sector….

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ASIA: Singapore retains regional oil storage and trading role despite growing competition

(EnergyAsia, June 2 2017, Friday) — Thanks to its well-established storage, refining and banking infrastructure, Singapore remains an important player in Asia’s booming oil trade despite growing competition from other countries….

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CHINA: Satellite firms offering to monitor oil stockpiling

(EnergyAsia, June 1 2017, Thursday) — With China unable or unwilling to provide timely and accurate data on its oil stockpiling programme, two US satellite firms said they have the technology to help companies track and measure the country’s oil flows….

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CHINA: More direct crude oil purchases from US strategic petroleum reserves expected

(EnergyAsia, May 31 2017, Wednesday) — China could be in line to buy up more crude oil released from the US strategic petroleum reserves (SPR) following its first purchase in February. The prospect of the US selling off more stockpiled crude to China reflects the radically different outlook on supply adopted by the world’s two…

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SRI LANKA: India in renewed attempt to help redevelop, operate Trincomalee oil farm

(EnergyAsia, May 30 2017, Tuesday) — With a wary eye on China’s expanding presence in their neighbourhood, Sri Lanka and India have agreed to jointly develop a largely underused oil tank farm in the strategic port of Trincomalee located on the island state’s northeastern region….

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MALAYSIA: China’s CREC awarded contract to build revived oil terminal project

(EnergyAsia, May 28 2017, Sunday) — China Railway Engineering Corporation (CREC) has won a U$400 million engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract to build a recently revived oil storage project in Malaysia’s southern Johor state….

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CENTRAL ASIA: Conflict and terrorism fears add to economic worries

(EnergyAsia, April 23 2017, Sunday) — Its once high-flying economies battered by two years of contraction, Central Asia is now waking to the growing threats of political instability, homegrown terrorism, and increased superpower manouvering in its backyard….

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CENTRAL ASIA: TAPI pipeline project inches forward despite growing headwinds

(EnergyAsia, April 14 2017, Friday) — Proponents of an 1,800-km pipeline to deliver natural gas from Turkmenistan to Afghanistan, Pakistan and India remain hopeful the project will be built despite running up against a continuous tide of political, financial and security challenges….

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CENTRAL ASIA: Gas exporters hit as China delays plan to expand pipeline capacity

(EnergyAsia, April 3, 2017, Monday) — Central Asia’s weakening economic confidence has been further battered by reports that China has indefinitely delayed the planned expansion of a major pipeline network to import natural gas from the region….

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CENTRAL ASIA: Economic outlook remains weak despite doubling of crude price in 2016

(EnergyAsia, March 29, 2017, Wednesday) — Despite a near doubling in crude oil prices over the past year, the resources-dependent economies of Central Asia are nowhere near a full recovery and will continue to struggle in the near term, said the World Bank and Asian Development Bank (ADB)….

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KAZAKHSTAN: Economic growth to pick up after sluggish 2016, says IMF

(EnergyAsia, March 17 2017, Friday) — Kazakhstan’s economy will continue to recover with growth projected at 2.5% in 2017 to follow through last year’s 1% expansion and 2015’s 3.7% contraction, predicts the International Monetary Fund (IMF)….

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MALAYSIA: Petronas secures Saudi Aramco’s investment in important refinery-petrochemical project

(EnergyAsia, March 3 2017, Friday) — Saudi Arabia has handed Malaysia a major diplomatic and economic prize by agreeing to pump in a total of US$7 billion in a US$27 billion oil refinery-petrochemical complex that had been struggling to attract investors….

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