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EPC giant, McDermott Asia Pacific Sdn Bhd has signed up Aqualis Offshore for its engineering reviews and marine warranty services. Aqualis will stay associated with McDermott for five years on the contract, supporting McDermott’s offshore operations in the Asia Pacific region. Under the scope of the agreement, Aqualis Offshore will provide engineering reviews and approvals, vessel surveys, towage approvals and marine warranty services for McDermott’s projects.
Oil prices held fast today amidst early jump in Asian stocks. International Benchmark Brent crude oil futures climbed 0.2%, to $77.77 a barrel. US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures rose by 0.4%, at $67.89 a barrel. Analysts however believe that sentiments remain cautious after financial markets plunged last week over concerns of slowing global growth.
Ongoing trade war with the US has forced Asia's refiners to look for alternatives. China has bought 1.71 MMbpd from West Africa for October, which is the highest since August 2011. Also, the nation has decided to increase its crude imports from West Africa. Further, the overall crude import of Asia from West Africa will climb to 2.44 MMbpd in October, which is the highest in seven year.
Santos has completed its sale of interests in the Sampang PSC and Madura Offshore PSC in Indonesia, and Vietnam Block 12W PSC. It follows the company’s announcement in May 2018 when Santos decided to sell its non-core Asian portfolio to Ophir Energy plc. Santos received a cash proceed of $144 million after the completion. It will help the company reduce its debt which was $2.2 billion till Aug. 31, 2018.
As a result of the surge in the crude stockpiles of U.S. and slow economic growth, mainly in Asia, oil prices slipped on Wednesday. Brent futures fell down by 0.4%, at $73.91 a barrel and WTI dropped down by 0.6% and was traded at $68.38 a barrel. The signs that the supply in the Bab al-Mandeb Strait will be resumed soon also affected the oil prices.
Oil prices, in wait of fresh fundamental drivers, stabilized today with a marginal rise. Brent crude prices remain untouched from last week’s settle at $74.29 per barrel, while the NYMEX September light sweet crude contract was 0.28% higher, traded at $68.88 per barrel. Last week, the market was mostly driven by Saudi’s oil halt and other factors.
Leading oilfield services company, Houston-based Schlumberger yesterday announced second quarterly earnings, reporting a profit for the company. Schlumberger CEO, Paal Kibsgaard regarded the second quarter as both busy and exciting. Schlumberger reported second-quarter revenue in North America to be around $2.5 billion, which is an increase of 12% sequentially. In the international markets of $4.4 billion, profits for the company grew by 6%.
Typically peaking during winter and summers, the LNG demand in Asia has already increased to such levels that the prices have increased by 32 percent. Since mid-April, the gas prices have soared up to $9.60/million British thermal units (Btu) and are edging to $10/million Btu. Lower domestic gas production, industrial demand, and early stock building to prepare for the coming winter are some reasons attributed to the current scenario.
The Petroleum Planning and Analysis Cell (PPAC) of the Indian Oil Ministry has disclosed that the countrywide fuel consumption for the month of April totaled to 17.67 million tonnes. This indicates a rise in India’s fuel demand by 4.4%, and is owed to the surge in cooking gas (LPG) and auto fuel consumption. The data from the PPAC also showed an increase in Petrol, Diesel, ATF and other fuels.
JODCO Lower Zakum Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Japan’s INPEX Corp. has been appointed as the asset leader for Abu Dhabi’s Lower Zakum concession area by ADNOC. This move is followed by the award of 10% stake in offshore Lower Zakum concession to INPEX in February, 2018. INPEX also maintained its 40% stake in Satah and increased its Umm Al Dalkh share from 12% to 40%.
India’s oil minister, Dharmendra Pradhan, revealed that India is seeking Japan’s help to build infrastructure to boost the usage of liquefied natural gas (LNG) in India and elsewhere in Asia. India wants to increase the share of this cleaner fuel to 15 percent of its energy usage by 2030.
Maharashtra’s Konkan region’s proposed site of a large refinery and petrochemicals complex has become a political hot potato as the regional leader Mr. Thackeray has challenged against the proceedings of the 3 trillion INR Saudi Aramco’s project saying, “We won’t allow the government to acquire even an inch of land.”
GAIL (India) Ltd. to be split by March next year. It shall be divided into two companies: one marketing gas and another operating pipeline that can be used by consumers who buy directly from producers as told by the head of the sector's regulator to Reuters. To ease the process in future, GAIL is already keeping separate accounts for its gas pipeline and marketing business.
Aazhivaikal villagers have put banners demonstrating a bar on entry to ONGC and others to explore natural resources. K. Ilanthirayan, a farmers’ association leader said that no agency should be allowed to damage the ecosystem of the village. Villagers in one voice said that “The Central and State governments must value our sensitivities and should not indulge in hydrocarbon exploration in Aazhivaikal.”
BP and RIL announced the sanctioning of the second of the three projects- Satellite cluster project- in Block KG D6. A total of about 3 Tcf discovered gas resources with a total investment of $6 billion is expected to develop out of these three projects phased over 2020-2022. Mukesh Ambani, chairman and managing director of RIL expressed his delight on the on-schedule progress of the project.
Nagarjuna Oil project at Cuddalore in Tamil Nadu, India has entered a liquidation phase under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC) as prospective bidders failed. Bidders which came forward, BPCL, Citax Ventures, Gulf PetroChem and Haldia Petrochemicals submitted bids lower than Rs 1450 Crores which was set as the liquidation value.
India’s ONGC Videsh Ltd. has filed an arbitration claim against the Sudanese government in a London court, to recover long pending dues from a project that was hit by the disintegration of South Sudan in 2011. Sudan’s ambassador to India says that the country is facing problems in making the payments due to the sanctions imposed on Sudan.
Dharmendra Pradhan, the Union Petroleum Minister of India, has said that India will join hands with China and other Asian countries to challenge the ‘Asian Premium’ being charged by the OPEC. Asian Premium is the extra charge being collected by OPEC nations from Asian countries when selling oil and India has been expressing dissent against it.