Asia/Pacific

Philippines Greenlights Seventh LNG Project, Gears Up for Gas Imports

The Philippines' Department of Energy said on Friday it has approved a $67-million LNG import terminal project, the country's seventh such facility, as it gears up for the launch of its liquefied natural gas industry this year.

Chinese Oil Major CNOOC Wins Ruling Against Canada's Pembina Pipeline

Canada's Pembina Pipeline Corp. unjustly discriminated against Chinese oil major CNOOC Ltd. by refusing access to storage facilities in Edmonton, Alberta, the Canada Energy Regulator has ruled. The Edmonton terminal is part of the TransMountain pipeline system and is fed by 20 feeder pipelines coming from different parts of Alberta.

Indonesia Approves Revised $3.35 Billion Plan for Eni's Merakes Gas Fields

Indonesia has approved a revised plan of development for its Merakes and Merakes East gas fields with a total investment of $3.35 billion, its upstream oil and gas regulator said on Tuesday.

China's CNOOC Targets Record Oil, Gas Output in 2023

China's CNOOC Ltd. has raised its 2023 production target by around 8% to a record 650 million to 660 million barrels of oil equivalent, it said on Wednesday.

Global Pipeline Construction Outlook 2023

(P&GJ) — Seldom has a new year arrived with the degree of supply and demand uncertainty facing global energy markets at the start of 2023. Pipeline & Gas Journal's annual survey of global construction activity reflects a renewed emphasis on energy security after Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

Japan Insurers to Maintain Cover for LNG Vessels in Russian Waters

Japanese insurers are expected to maintain marine war insurance, which covers the sinking and requisition of ships due to war in Russian waters for at least three months for LNG vessels, industry sources said on Friday.

Putin Says Russia Now One of China's Leading Oil and Gas Suppliers

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday that Russia had become one of China's leading suppliers of oil and gas, with 13.8 billion cubic meters of gas shipped to China via the Power of Siberia pipeline in the first 11 months of 2022.

China Starts Up Crude Oil Pipeline Linked to Mega Private Refiner

A major crude oil pipeline connecting a storage farm in east China's Zhoushan of Zhejiang province to mega private refiner Zhejiang Petrochemical Corp. started pumping oil for the first time on Wednesday, local state media reported.

Japanese Firms Sign Multiyear Agreements to Buy LNG from Oman, US

Japanese companies inked several deals on Tuesday to receive LNG supplies, with a preliminary agreement lasting up to 10 years with Oman LNG and a 20-year deal with U.S.-based Venture Global.

Putin Oversees Launch of Siberian Gas Field Feeding Pipeline to China

The Kovykta gas field will feed into the Power of Siberia pipeline carrying Russian gas to China. With recoverable reserves of 1.8 trillion cubic meters, it is the largest in eastern Russia.

Putin Plans to Increase Gas Sales to China

President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that Russia would increase gas supplies to "the East", particularly China, and set prices for sales to Europe using an electronic platform.

India to Receive First LNG Cargo from Indonesia's Tangguh LNG

India will receive its first cargo from Indonesia's Tangguh LNG plant at the Dahej terminal on Monday, according to a Refinitiv analyst and Refinitiv ship tracking data.

Qatar Signs 27-Year Deal with China as LNG Competition Heats Up

QatarEnergy has signed a 27-year deal to supply China's Sinopec with LNG, the longest such LNG agreement so far as volatile markets drive buyers to seek long-term deals.

One Killed, Two Injured in Petronas-operated Pipeline Explosion in Malaysia

Malaysian state energy company Petronas reported a fire at the Sabah-Sarawak Gas Pipeline near Lawas on Wednesday afternoon, which the Borneo Post online said led to an explosion that killed one person and injured two others.

US Allows Transactions to Free Sanctioned Oil Tanker Stranded in Indonesia

The Indonesian navy has been trying to free the Djibouti-registered ship, Young Yong, which ran aground off Indonesia's Riau Islands on Oct. 26 near a gas pipeline.

Uganda Says First Oil in April 2025, Eyes China for Pipeline Funding

Uganda aims to start commercially pumping its oil reserves in April 2025, with China being considered as a potential source of funds to develop an export pipeline, Uganda's energy minister said on Tuesday.

Japan Asks Malaysia's Petronas to Help Customers after LNG Disruption

Japanese industry minister Yasutoshi Nishimura has asked Petronas CEO Tengku Taufik to continue efforts to mitigate the impact on Japanese customers of its LNG after a disruption at Malaysia LNG.

Indonesia Expects New Gas Supply Deal with Singapore

Indonesia expects to sign a new long-term contract next week to supply Singapore with piped natural gas via the Grissik-Batam-Singapore Pipeline, its energy minister said.

China's Oil Imports Fall as Pipeline Gas, LNG Rebound

China's crude oil imports in September were 2% below their level a year earlier as independent refiners curbed throughput amid thin margins and lackluster demand, but natural gas imports bounced back.

China Halts LNG Sales to Foreign Buyers to Ensure Own Supply

China has asked its state-owned gas importers to stop reselling LNG to buyers in Europe and Asia as it seeks to ensure its own supply for the winter season, Bloomberg News reported on Monday.

Mubadala Energy Makes Significant Gas Discovery Offshore Malaysia

(P&GJ) — Mubadala Energy, the Abu Dhabi headquartered international energy company, has confirmed the discovery of a good quality gas reservoir penetrated by the Cengkih-1 exploration well in Block SK320 offshore Malaysia.

Explainer: Does China Need More Russian Gas via the Power-of-Siberia 2 Pipeline?

Russian President Vladimir Putin held a meeting with his counterparts from China and Mongolia on Thursday, where they discussed a major new infrastructure project, Power-of-Siberia 2, to deliver gas to China via Mongolia.

Mongolian President Advocates for Russia-China Oil, Gas Pipelines via Mongolia

Russian energy giant Gazprom hopes to build the Power of Siberia 2 gas pipeline via Mongolia to China with a view to exporting 50 billion cubic meters of gas per year via the route by 2030.

Turkmenistan Pipe Dreams: Russia, China Both Make Overtures

(P&GJ) — Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has quickly transformed the West’s relationship with Russia. It’s forged Russia’s closer alignment with China. It seems that 2022 is becoming the year when everyone is rethinking the circles of power, especially in Eurasia.

President Ramos-Horta Urges Australia to Back Gas Pipeline to East Timor

Timor President Ramos-Horta said it made no sense to him to send the gas to Darwin, which would require a 500-km (310-mile) pipeline, rather than to East Timor with a 200-km (124-mile) pipeline and added that operating costs in Timor would be much less than in Australia.

Pipeline Operator Gail Says India in Talks with Russia to Resume Gas Supply Deal

India is in talks with Russia to resume gas supplies under the long-term import deal between Gazprom and GAIL (India) Ltd., the state-run Indian company's chairman said at an annual shareholder meeting on Friday.

NextDecade Inks 20-Year LNG Supply Deal with Guangdong Energy Group

NextDecade Corp. has entered a 20-year sale and purchase agreement with Guangdong Energy Group for the supply of LNG from NextDecade’s Rio Grande LNG export project in Brownsville, Texas.

China Port Group Starts Pumping Crude Oil into New 230-Mile Pipeline

China's Yantai Port Group started on Monday pumping oil into a newly expanded crude oil pipeline that connects the port of Yantai to a group of independent refineries in the country's refining hub Shandong, state media reported on Tuesday.

Russia Looks to Lure Asian Buyers with Higher Quality Crude Oil

Russia has been improving the quality of its flagship Urals crude oil export, making the heavily-discounted grade even more attractive to buyers in Asia who have been snapping it up, data obtained by Reuters showed.

India Moves to Modernize, Expand Gas Pipeline Network

Indian government says that it foresees an increase in the share of natural gas in the country’s energy mix – from 6% in 2021 to 15% by 2025. A total of $60 billion of new investment planned in the country’s natural gas infrastructure by 2024, with most of that coming from the private sector.