Unlike most governments in the economically developed Western world, Indonesia’s leaders are crying out for more upstream oil and gas investment. However, even as demand is projected to rise up to four times by 2050, Southeast Asia’s biggest economy is struggling to convince energy investors to come.
Chevron (NYSE:CVX) confirmed that its wholly owned subsidiary, Chevron New Ventures, has entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with India’s Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) to assess the exploration potential across a number of basins in India, the company told Energy Voice.
Australia’s Santos (ASX:STO) and US giant Chevron (NYSE:CVX) have committed to spending around A$200 million (US$136 million) to assess the geological potential for carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects offshore Australia after winning two greenhouse gas (GHG) acreage permits.
A Woodside-led (ASX:WDS) joint venture that includes BP (LON:BP), Shell (LON:SHEL), Chevron (NYSE:CVX), as well as Japan’s Mitsubishi and Mitsui, have been awarded greenhouse gas (GHG) permit G-10-AP in the northern Carnarvon basin offshore Western Australia, as they pursue a potential CCS project.
Shell, ExxonMobil, Chevron and Equinor plan to withdraw multibillion-dollar lawsuits against Nigeria’s state energy company after finalizing new terms for deep-water oil production in Africa’s largest crude producer.
Analysts reckon Jadestone Energy (LON:JSE) has its sights set on acquiring a bigger share of the producing North West Shelf oil fields offshore Western Australia that are currently operated by Woodside Energy (ASX:WDS). Ultimately, Singapore-based Jadestone will be seeking operatorship to maximise profitability, the analysts told Energy Voice.
Thailand’s upstream natural gas sector is struggling to reverse falling output due to bad planning and policy from the government, coupled with a seeming lack of innovation at PTT Exploration & Production (BKK:PTTEP), a state-backed company, that is taking increasing control of the country’s gas resources.
Philippine billionaire Enrique Razon will acquire a controlling stake in businessman Dennis Uy’s Malampaya gas project, in a move that may help extend the life of a field that fuels some of the nation’s biggest power plants. Significantly, Shell is also in the process of trying to divest its share of Malampaya.
Thailand’s dependence on imported liquefied natural gas (LNG) continues to expand despite soaring global prices. Significantly, the increasing demand for LNG is being exacerbated by production declines across ageing domestic fields, particularly Erawan.