Damon Evans

Asia Pacific correspondent
Map Ta Phut LNG terminal in Thailand. (Qatargas)

Thailand plays it coy on future LNG needs

The Thai government may appear to be burying its head in the sand by sticking with its previous LNG import forecasts, but it has good reason for playing dumb.

9 August 2017
Indonesia’s Oil and Gas Director General Ego Syahrial. (Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources)

Jokowi’s wrath triggers shake-up at ministry

Indonesia’s energy minister is shaking things up in the hope of prompting much-needed investment.

7 August 2017
BP’s Tangguh LNG plant. (BP plc)

Indonesia delays plans for LNG imports

Weaker-than-expected growth in Indonesia’s gas demand and rising domestic output mean the country has postponed its plans to import LNG.

3 August 2017
Indonesian President Joko Widodo has warned against excessive red tape. (PA)

Jakarta shocks upstream with latest regulatory blow

Indonesia has introduced new regulations that have caused uproar among investors.

28 July 2017
A platform at the Malampaya field. (Shell)

Philippines seeks LNG to avert supply crunch

The Philippines is stepping up its efforts to start importing LNG before the giant Malampaya gas field becomes depleted.

25 July 2017
Vietnam is exploring for oil and gas in the South China Sea. (PetroVietnam)

Opportunities as South China Sea spat simmers

Oil and gas developments are being used by Southeast Asian countries to gain the advantage in disputes with China over contested waters.

20 July 2017
Greater Sunrise gas could be used to backfill the Darwin LNG plant in northern Australia. (ConocoPhillips)

East Timor’s last chance for Greater Sunrise

East Timor is running out of time to develop its Greater Sunrise gas fields, as potential investors consider alternatives.

17 July 2017
The Petronas vessel PFLNG Satu off the Malaysian coast. (Petronas)

New gas projects to help Malaysian LNG

Malaysia is hoping to bolster flagging production at existing fields in an effort to support the country’s LNG exports

10 July 2017
Indonesian Deputy Energy Minister Arcandra Tahar is upbeat about the upstream sector. (Indonesian energy ministry)

Jakarta pins upstream hopes on new law

Indonesia is hoping revised upstream legislation will boost interest in its new licensing round, but analysts remain sceptical.

13 June 2017
A Green Dragon gas facility in China. The CBM player is experiencing financial difficulties. (Green Dragon)

Financial woes hit China CBM player Green Dragon

UK-listed Green Dragon Gas may be forced to sell its CBM assets if the company cannot solve its cashflow problems.

6 June 2017
A tanker off Indonesia. The country’s government is hoping to progress the Masela project. (SKKMigas)

Masela edges forward despite political bluster

Inpex is finally making headway at its Masela development in Indonesia after months of political deadlock.

23 May 2017
An offshore rig at Indonesia’s Mahakam block. The country could see a 2.5 MMboe/d shortfall. (SKKMigas)

Indonesian imports set to rocket as crisis bites

Indonesia could see its imports rise dramatically unless the government implements a strategic energy plan to boost domestic production.

19 May 2017
A flow station off the Indonesian coast. The country has attracted little interest in its offshore acreage. (SKKMigas)

New gas law offers Indonesia glimmer of hope

Indonesia is hoping revised legislation will attract much-needed investment to its upstream sector.

18 May 2017
The PFLNG Satu. The vessel is ramping up to its 1.2 mtpa capacity. (Petronas)

Petronas makes its mark with first FLNG cargo

The PFLNG Satu has shipped its first cargo, but it is still too early to say how significant floating liquefaction will be for Petronas.

20 April 2017
A production platform at the Bongkot field. Thailand is inviting IOCs to bid for concessions. (BG Group)

Thai gas fields on offer after legislative changes

Thailand is opening its huge Erawan and Bongkot fields to competitive bidding, although many of the finer details are still sketchy.

12 April 2017
A rig at the Mahakam Block. Pertamina will become the operator next January. (SKKMigas)

Pertamina starts afresh under new CEO

The new CEO of Indonesia’s NOC has a huge task on his hands as the company needs to be restructured while making big investments.

11 April 2017
An LNG tanker. Shell is part of a JV working on a Thai-focused project on an LNG terminal in Myanmar. (Shell)

Is Myanmar right to choose an FSRU?

Myanmar’s short-term demand for LNG could soon see it launch a tender for an FSRU, but long-term solutions are less clear.

28 March 2017
Woodside’s North Rankin Complex in Western Australia. The company hopes to tap Timor Sea reserves. (Woodside)

Signs East Timor softening Greater Sunrise stance

East Timor has insisted for the past five years that the Greater Sunrise fields be developed on its shores or not at all, but this commitment may be wavering.

21 March 2017
A tanker off the Indonesian coast. The country’s upstream sector needs better cooperation, analysts say. (SKKMigas)

Political risks rising across Southeast Asia

Increasing political volatility in countries such as Indonesia and Thailand will raise the risk profile for investors, analysts say.

9 March 2017
The Indonesian government hopes to encourage the use of renewables in remote provinces. (Flickr, Bart Speelman)

Gas could help solar shine in eastern Indonesia

New Indonesian energy price regulations will boost coal use but could offer gas an opportunity to support solar in the country’s east.

8 March 2017

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