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Damon Evans


Pertamina lifts Rokan output after Chevron exit

Indonesian national oil company (NOC) Pertamina has seen production at the giant Rokan Block edge up by 2,000 barrels per day (b/d) since taking over the field from Chevron last month. However, it remains to be seen if the NOC, which plans to spend $2 billion at Rokan by 2025, can significantly boost volumes in the longer term.


Gas price risk rising for emerging Asian markets, threatens expansion plans

Surging US Henry Hub gas prices, as well as higher and extremely volatile global gas prices, offers a lesson for emerging markets that investment in gas importing, distribution and power production assets will lead to stranded assets and lost wealth, according to analysis from IEEFA.


Vietnam to start maiden LNG imports in 2022

Vietnam aims to begin importing its first liquefied natural gas (LNG) cargoes in 2022 as part of a longer-term plan to maintain stable natural gas supply and meet rising demand for power, the country’s Minister of Industry and Trade Nguyen Hong Dien said.

Renewables/Energy Transition

Thailand’s PTT closer to ruling EV market in Southeast Asia

Thai oil and gas group PTT has signed a joint venture deal with leading electronics producer Foxconn to make electric vehicles (EVs) as Thailand aims to become the region's top manufacturer and exporter of EVs. The move underscores the state-backed energy company's desire to diversify away from the traditional oil and gas business, which may have slower growth potential in the long run.


BHP decommissioning bill pegged at $3.9bn

BHP Group will transfer some $3.9 billion worth of oil and gas decommissioning liabilities to Woodside if the pair’s merger goes through successfully. The liability is much smaller than expected helping to ease investor concerns at Woodside.


Sembcorp wins Dorado FPSO work

Singapore’s Sembcorp Marine will carry out front-end engineering design (FEED) work for the floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) facility that will form part of Santos’ Dorado development offshore Australia.


PNG scrutinises Santos-Oil Search merger

The government of Papua New Guinea (PNG) has raised concerns that Santos’ proposed $15.5 billion merger with Oil Search could harm national interests in the liquefied natural gas (LNG) exporting country.


Keppel delivers Guyana’s second FPSO

Singapore yard Keppel Offshore &Marine (Keppel O&M) has delivered a mega floating storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel dubbed Liza Unity to SBM Offshore that will process oil from the prolific Stabroaek Block offshore Guyana.

Oil & Gas

Oil price could hit $200 without new investments says Omani minister

Oil prices could hit $200 per barrel if no new investments are made in the upstream oil and gas sector in the short-term, Oman's energy and minerals minister said yesterday in reply to the International Energy Agency's (IEAs) assessment for reaching net-zero emissions by 2050, reported S&P Global Platts.


‘Carbon Neutral’ LNG demand soars in Asia despite criticism

Liquefied natural gas (LNG) shipments tagged “carbon neutral” are gaining popularity among Asian buyers, despite criticism that the offsets used to justify the label don’t actually cancel out planet-warming emissions generated by the fossil fuel.


Carbon capture and the future of LNG in Asia

Carbon capture and storage (CCS) will play an important role in decarbonising liquefied natural gas (LNG), but the pace of progress remains too slow, writes Gavin Thompson, Asia Pacific vice chair, Wood Mackenzie.