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Oil Search rejects $16bn merger approach from Santos

Australia’s Santos said today that it approached compatriot Oil Search about a potential merger last month. However, the offer to create an energy company with a market value of $16.1 billion was rejected by Oil Search, which has major stakes in Papua New Guinea’s (PNG’s) emerging liquefied natural gas (LNG) sector.


Oil Search seeks new boss after shock resignation

Oil Search managing director Keiran Wulff has suddenly resigned from the Australian-listed company following complaints about his behaviour and ill health. This leaves the Papua New Guinea-focused oil and gas producer in an uncertain position as it seeks new leadership.


Qatar signs 15-year LNG supply pact with Taiwan

Qatar Petroleum will supply 1.25 million tonnes per year of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to Taiwan’s CPC Corporation for 15 years. Qatar Petroleum said yesterday that LNG deliveries will start in January 2022. Since the first LNG delivery in March 2006, CPC has received more than 63 million tonnes of LNG from Qatar.


Chevron makes $4bn investment to keep pumping Gorgon LNG

The Chevron-led Gorgon LNG venture in Australia will proceed with a $4 billion investment for the Jansz-Io compression development that will keep customers in Asia supplied with gas for decades. Significantly, the subsea compression project, needed to move the gas from the deep seas to shore, will be the first of its kind outside of Norway.


Petronas talks up New Energy business

Petronas, which has yet to make a firm carbon-neutral pledge, sees significant growth ahead for solar and wind, particularly as a hedge against volatile fossil fuel prices, Jay Mariyappan, head of the state-backed Malaysian company’s new energy business told the APAC power and renewables summit.


Supplying Asia with LNG got much costlier for the US, but strong demand brings export records

Supplying liquefied natural gas (LNG) to the expanding Asian market has become more expensive for US producers this year, a Rystad Energy report reveals. Even so, US exporters are unlikely to repeat last year’s cost-related shut-ins as global demand has rebounded to strong levels. Instead, US LNG exports climbed to a record monthly high of 6.5 million tonnes in May and may keep rising to new peaks, according to the energy consultancy.