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Damon Evans

Asia Pacific specialist
one of Exxon's offshore platforms

Exxon could sell out of Vietnam’s Blue Whale

ExxonMobil may turn its back on the 150 bcm Blue Whale project offshore Vietnam, a move that would make commercial sense and pave the way for new LNG terminals.

Just now Asia Pacific / Exploration & Production
A Mahakam Block drilling rig

Indonesian gas exports set to hit 20-year low

Piped gas and LNG exports from Indonesia are expected to hit a two-decade low in 2019 as NOC Pertamina is struggling to revive falling production from the Mahakam field.

6 days ago Asia Pacific / Exploration & Production
The Malampaya project in the Philippines

First Gen eyes first Philippine LNG imports in 2021

The company has accelerated plans for the country’s first LNG imports, which it will aim to secure through short-term deals.

6 September 2019 Asia Pacific / Supply & Demand
An offshore platform at the Bayu-Undan field

Big decisions for East Timor as treaty is ratified

The maritime boundary treaty between East Timor and Australia has been ratified, giving the Southeast Asian nation control over valuable assets in the Timor Sea, but a strategic plan for further development is lacking.

5 September 2019 Asia Pacific / Exploration & Production
The Hazira LNG terminal in Gujarat.

Gas faces uphill battle in Indian power sector

India appears to be favouring coal over gas as a partner to its expanding renewable energy capacity.

29 August 2019 Asia Pacific / Policy & Regulation
A Wartsila liquid fuel power plant in Kenya

Cambodia pivots towards LNG-to-power

Drought caused outages in Cambodia's power system earlier this year, leading the country to step up its LNG-to-power plans.

22 August 2019 Asia Pacific / LNG
An LNG terminal in India

India commits to liberalising pipeline network

The Indian government is looking to break state-owned Gail's hold over the country's pipeline network and increase third-party access.

15 August 2019 Asia Pacific / Policy & Regulation
A Vietnamese offshore rig

Vietnam’s first LNG terminal faces headwinds

Construction work has started on the 1 mtpa Thi Vai facility, but PV Gas may face difficulties before it is commissioned such as the signing of a deal with Vietnam's power monopoly.

8 August 2019 Asia Pacific / LNG
A Hoegh FSRU docked in Indonesia

Pertamina struggles to absorb LNG cargoes

The Indonesian NOC may send its surplus cargoes into neighbouring markets as a result of weaker-than-expected domestic gas demand.

6 August 2019 Asia Pacific / LNG
A BW Group FSRU

Pakistan’s new LNG terminals gain traction

The country's decision to lower the barriers to entry for foreign players in its domestic gas market means that plans for at least two new LNG terminals can proceed.

1 August 2019 Asia Pacific / LNG
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte

Philippines signals transition to cleaner alternatives to coal

President Rodrigo Duterte has indicated a turnaround in the country’s energy policy by pledging to reduce its dependence on coal-fired power and increase the share of renewables and gas.

29 July 2019 Asia Pacific / Pipelines, Storage & Power
An LNG cargo loading at PNG LNG in Papua New Guinea

Osaka Gas bucks trend with PNG arbitration

Osaka Gas's turn to price review arbitration over its contract with PNG LNG is thought to mark the first time a Japanese buyer has made such a move.

25 July 2019 Asia Pacific / LNG
An Indonesian offshore rig

Jakarta warming to IOC development plans

The company's plans for its IDD project will be buoyed by the Indonesian government's adoption of a new development plan for Shell and Inpex's Abadi LNG plant.

18 July 2019 Asia Pacific / Exploration & Production
Shell's Malampaya deepwater gas-to-power project in the Philippines

Philippine LNG import scheme hits snag

The proposed Tanglawan LNG terminal in the Philippines has been delayed, which is likely to leave the country waiting for LNG to replace its declining production.

18 July 2019 Asia Pacific / LNG
A tanker at the PNG LNG plant jetty

PNG LNG expansion delayed

Oil Search has confirmed that FEED work on the expansion of Papua New Guinea's LNG plant will not start until the end of the year.

16 July 2019 Asia Pacific / LNG
People in Bangladesh carrying baskets of coal.

Bangladesh’s energy transition tilts towards coal

The country is aiming to triple its generation capacity by 2040, with apparently few concessions to its climate commitments.

15 July 2019 Asia Pacific / Alternative Fuels
Signing ceremnony for the Summit LNG FSRU

Bangladesh ups gas prices to bolster LNG imports

The country has hiked prices by around 33% as it tries to limit losses at state-owned Petrobangla while gas demand surges.

11 July 2019 Asia Pacific / LNG
The Thaketa gas-fired power plant

Boost for LNG-to-power as Myanmar ups tariffs

The higher electricity prices introduced this week will give the country a larger budget to allocate to new power generation projects.

4 July 2019 Asia Pacific / LNG
British Columbia Premier Christy Clark on a tour of the Bintulu LNG plant in Malaysia. (BC govt/Flickr)

Giant Malaysian find bolsters PTTEP’s growth strategy

The Lang Lebah discovery offshore Sarawak is PTTEP's biggest find and is good news for the explorer as it seeks to bolster its reserves.

1 July 2019 Asia Pacific / Exploration & Production
The Sabah oil and gas terminal

Malaysia aims to unlock sour gas fields

The country needs to develop new gas projects to feed the Bintulu LNG plant, but doing so will mean tackling its technically tricky sour gas fields.

27 June 2019 Asia Pacific / Exploration & Production

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