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Oil & Gas

Upstream M&A deals hit three-year high of $181 billion in 2021

Global upstream merger and acquisition (M&A) deals rebounded to pre-Covid-19 levels in 2021, reaching a total of $181 billion, a 70% increase over 2020, Rystad Energy research shows. The total deal value for 2021 was the highest in three years and almost reached the highs seen in 2017 and 2018 of $205 billion and $199 billion, respectively.

Insights

NorthStone: Spending surge predicted for oil and gas

While energy sector attention is focused on the low-carbon narrative, the short-term outlook for upstream activity is positive as we head into 2022.  Consensus amongst industry analysts point to significant percentage increases in activity for next year, with further increases in 2023 and beyond.

Asia

Indonesia seeks $187bn in upstream oil and gas investment

The Indonesian government estimates that $187 billion needs to be invested in its upstream sector to meet its 2030 oil and gas production targets of 1 million barrels per day of oil and 12 billion cubic feet per day of gas. However, this target seems ambitious with major investors seeking to exit Indonesia's oil and gas sector, unless the government can attract local conglomerates.

Asia

Can Asia avert a gas supply crisis?

With domestic supply in decline, Asia urgently needs to address its growing gas and energy needs. In the past few months, multiple energy crunches across the globe highlights that a flexible and reliable supply of energy is critical to keep markets and prices stable. In Asia, a growing gap between booming gas demand and falling supply is cause for significant concern.

Asia

Amid wall of cash Asian governments must do more to support upstream, says Woodmac

Surging oil and gas prices will see the upstream industry generate a wall of cash, which in the past led to rising upstream spend. But the energy transition has upset the outlook for oil and gas producers, changing the rules of the game for not only international oil companies (IOCs), but also national operators and host governments, according to Wood Mackenzie.

Asia

US firm wins Sri Lanka LNG deal

New Fortress Energy has finalised a contract with the government of Sri Lanka that gives it the rights to develop a new liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal off the coast of Colombo that is expected to start up in 2023.

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.

Asia

Bleak outlook for Philippines upstream as Malampaya disappoints

Natural declines and underinvestment in new exploration has left Philippine oil and gas production in freefall posing significant risks to future energy security. The risk is particularly acute given how reliant the Southeast Asian nation is on oil and gas for power generation, industrial processes and transportation, warn analysts at Fitch Solutions. But interest from investors has been rekindled.

Asia

Indonesia’s upstream output to falter amid high risks

Indonesia's crude oil and natural gas production growth outlook continues to be downbeat. Total oil and gas output have seen broad declines since 2010 and the long-observed trend is not expected to be reversed any time soon, reports Fitch Solutions.

Asia

BP bags approval for $2bn Tangguh LNG expansion project

Indonesian upstream regulator SKK Migas has approved BP’s $2.04 billion plan to develop new gas fields in West Papua that will supply its Tangguh liquefied natural gas (LNG) export project. However, the UK supermajor will likely need Indonesia to finalise regulations around carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) before any expansion can take place.