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Asia

Politics muddy the race for first LNG in the Philippines

The Philippines this week approved yet another proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) import scheme as the country faces a looming gas supply crunch. However, the latest award, to AG&P, underscores the department of energy’s (DOE’s) lack of strategy for LNG imports in the power-hungry Southeast Asia nation.

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Philippine tycoons jostle for Shell’s Malampaya stake

Philippine business tycoons are eager to buy Shell’s stake in the deep-water Malampaya project. However, any potential suitors for the 45% interest, valued at between $250 million and $300 million by analysts at Rystad Energy, will need to bring strong technical skills to eek more gas out of the aging field.

Asia

Energy sector at risk from U.S.-China flashpoints

The increasing geopolitical rivalry between the U.S. and China has more than a 50% chance of spilling over into some form of military confrontation in the year ahead. This could involve threats, posturing, or the actual use of force, as well as have serious implications for energy companies and markets.

Asia

Chinese oil majors undervalued

Analysis from investment house Bernstein suggests that the Chinese oil majors - CNOOC, Sinopec and PetroChina - offer a potential 30% upside as they trade at a wide discount to historic prices and global peers.

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Philippines pushing for upstream renaissance

Law makers in the Philippines are seeking to refocus the Philippine National Oil Company’s (PNOC’s) investment mandate towards exploration and production ventures. The move is part of an effort to revive the Southeast Asian nation’s ailing upstream sector and attract new investment as its energy security situation continues to deteriorate.

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Woodside slammed for Myanmar stance

Human rights groups and industry executives have slammed Woodside Energy’s rationale to proceed with a major gas development and exploration campaign in Myanmar following a military coup and subsequent bloody protests.