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China Belt & Road spending dips in H1, with no investment in Russia - research
July 25, 2022
Source: Reuters

China Belt & Road spending dips in H1, with no investment in Russia - research

China's finance and investment spending in Belt and Road countries fell slightly in the first half compared to a year earlier, with no new coal projects and investments in Russia, Egypt and Sri Lanka falling to zero, new research showed. Saudi Arabia was the biggest recipient of Chinese investments over the period, with about $5.5 billion, According to the Shanghai-based Green Finance and Development Center (GFDC) in research published on Sunday.

China Belt & Road spending dips in H1, with no investment in Russia - research
July 25, 2022
Source: Reuters

China Belt & Road spending dips in H1, with no investment in Russia - research

China's finance and investment spending in Belt and Road countries fell slightly in the first half compared to a year earlier, with no new coal projects and investments in Russia, Egypt and Sri Lanka falling to zero, new research showed. Saudi Arabia was the biggest recipient of Chinese investments over the period, with about $5.5 billion, According to the Shanghai-based Green Finance and Development Center (GFDC) in research published on Sunday.

Column: Asia imports of thermal coal, LNG hold up despite record prices
July 12, 2022
Source: Reuters

Column: Asia imports of thermal coal, LNG hold up despite record prices

With thermal coal and liquefied natural gas (LNG) prices holding close to record highs in Asia, it would be logical to expect demand destruction, especially in developing nations said to be price sensitive. But it isn't happening yet.India, the world's second-biggest coal importer, behind China, saw record arrivals in June of thermal coal, used mainly to generate electricity, according to data compiled by commodity analysts Kpler.

Column: Asia imports of thermal coal, LNG hold up despite record prices
July 12, 2022
Source: Reuters

Column: Asia imports of thermal coal, LNG hold up despite record prices

With thermal coal and liquefied natural gas (LNG) prices holding close to record highs in Asia, it would be logical to expect demand destruction, especially in developing nations said to be price sensitive. But it isn't happening yet.India, the world's second-biggest coal importer, behind China, saw record arrivals in June of thermal coal, used mainly to generate electricity, according to data compiled by commodity analysts Kpler.

Asia more concerned about oil price fallout from Libyan woes than cargo flows
April 19, 2022
Source: S&P Global

Asia more concerned about oil price fallout from Libyan woes than cargo flows

Libya's oil production woes may not dramatically alter Asia's crude buying plans due to the region's relatively low dependence on those supplies, but refiners are bracing for some price impact and supply squeeze as traditional customers of the North African OPEC producer scramble for cargoes from elsewhere.

Russia should diversify its energy exports towards Asia: Putin
April 15, 2022
Source: Energy World

Russia should diversify its energy exports towards Asia: Putin

Western countries have announced measures to ban or reduce the use of Russian oil, gas and coal due to Moscow's military operation in Ukraine.

Shell supplies first sustainable aviation fuel to Singapore customers
Feb. 18, 2022
Source: Energy World

Shell supplies first sustainable aviation fuel to Singapore customers

Shell has become the first supplier of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) in Singapore, and plans to start blending the fuel at its plant in the aviation hub.

Asia-Pacific stocks tumble, tracking Wall Street declines; oil prices down 2%
Jan. 21, 2022
Source: CNBC

Asia-Pacific stocks tumble, tracking Wall Street declines; oil prices down 2%

SINGAPORE — Asia-Pacific markets tumbled on Friday, tracking declines on Wall Street overnight. Meanwhile, oil prices slipped from their 2014 highs earlier in the week, falling about 2%. Japan’s Nikkei 225 fell 2%, while the Topix was down 1.54%. Auto and tech stocks fell across the board, but pared some losses. Toyota was down more than 3%, Mazda dropped nearly 5% and Mitsubishi fell more than 4%. In tech stocks, Sony was down more than 2%, and Softbank declined 2%. Japan’s inflation data released on Friday showed that core consumer prices rose 0.5% in December compared to a year earlier, as fuel and raw material costs increased, according to Reuters. The increase was for a second month straight at the fastest pace in nearly two years, Reuters said.

Asian crackers eyeing LPG as cheaper feedstock alternative to naphtha
Jan. 21, 2022
Source: S&P Global

Asian crackers eyeing LPG as cheaper feedstock alternative to naphtha

Asia's petrochemical makers are shifting, or considering to use propane as alternate steam cracker feedstock amid the deepening discount of propane to naphtha, as LPG is pressured by ample supply and a lull in Chinese and Indian demand, traders said Jan. 21. South Korean crackers have started seeking propane, traders said, even when the discount of February FEI propane swap to the Mean of Platts Japan naphtha was around $26.25-$26.50/mt over Jan. 17-18, before widening to $36/mt Jan. 20. This is the deepest discount since June 8, 2021, at $41.50/mt, Platts data showed. In contrast, the difference between FEI propane and MOPJ naphtha was at a premium of $185/mt on Oct. 4 last year.

Oil Up as Omicron and Fuel Demand Fears Ease
Dec. 7, 2021
Source: Investing.com

Oil Up as Omicron and Fuel Demand Fears Ease

Investing.com – Oil was up Tuesday morning in Asia, after rebounding almost 5% the day before. Concerns about the omicron COVID-19 variant’s impact on fuel demand receded, while talks to revive an Iranian nuclear deal hit a snag. Brent oil futures were up 0.36% to $73.34 by 10:22 PM ET (3:22 AM GMT) and WTI futures gained 0.63% to $69.93. Ntsakisi Maluleke, a public health specialist in South Africa’s Gauteng province said over the weekend that patients with the new omicron COVID-19 variant had only shown mild symptoms. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director Anthony Fauci also said, "it does not look like there's a great degree of severity" so far.

Asian Buyers Can't Get Enough Of U.S. Sweet Crude Oil
Nov. 20, 2021
Source: Oil Price

Asian Buyers Can't Get Enough Of U.S. Sweet Crude Oil

Sweet crude grades from the U.S. Gulf Coast have seen increased interest from Asian buyers in recent weeks, as many refiners in the world’s largest oil-importing region are purchasing more of the sweeter crude varieties, energy analytics firm Vortexa says. Asian refiners are looking for more crude of the sweeter variety as high energy costs are making sour crude processing more expensive. The high cost of hydrogen, which is used to remove the sulfur from the sour grades in diesel hydrocrackers, has risen in recent months amid the natural gas crunch in Europe and Asia.

GlobalData expects 118 oil and gas project starts in Australia by 2025
May 5, 2021
Source: Oil & Gas

GlobalData expects 118 oil and gas project starts in Australia by 2025

Australia is expected to witness the commencement of 118 oil and gas projects’ operations across value chain during the period 2021-2025, accounting for 6% of the total project starts in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region. ‘Asia Pacific Oil and Gas Projects Outlook to 2025 - Development Stage, Capacity, Capex and Contractor Details of All New Build and Expansion Projects’, reveals that of the 118 projects during the outlook period, upstream projects would be 53, midstream projects would be the highest with 56 projects and petrochemicals at nine.

Saudi oil giant Aramco to scale back spending after 2020 profit slump
March 22, 2021
Source: Reuters

Saudi oil giant Aramco to scale back spending after 2020 profit slump

Saudi Arabian state oil giant Aramco is betting on an Asian-led rebound in energy demand this year after it reported a steep slide in net profit for 2020 on Sunday and scaled back its spending plans.The world’s largest oil exporter said net profit fell 44.4% to 183.76 billion riyals ($49 billion) for the year ended Dec. 31, from 330.69 billion riyals a year earlier.

Saudis raise U.S. and Asian crude prices for April delivery
March 8, 2021
Source: world oil

Saudis raise U.S. and Asian crude prices for April delivery

Saudi Arabia raised pricing for its crude for shipment to Asia and the U.S. next month after OPEC+ extended oil supply constraints, pointing to a tightening physical market. State oil producer Saudi Aramco increased pricing for Arab Light crude for Asia, its largest regional market, by 40 cents a barrel to $1.40 more than the benchmark. Aramco raised all other pricing to Asia, except for its Heavy crude which remained unchanged.

Iran taps old Asian oil customers while eying return of exports
March 4, 2021
Source: Livemint

Iran taps old Asian oil customers while eying return of exports

Iran is reaching out to its old customers in Asia to gauge interest in its crude as the Persian Gulf oil producer ramps up diplomacy in a bid to get US sanctions lifted. Iran’s crude shipments dwindled to a trickle after sanctions by the former US administration in 2018 and the end of waivers for some countries in 2019, although a number of Chinese refiners continued to take some oil.

U.S. oil exports to Asia hit new record in January
Feb. 3, 2021
Source: World oil

U.S. oil exports to Asia hit new record in January

American oil exports from Louisiana’s offshore supertanker port jumped to record as Asian buyers are stocking up U.S. crude for a post-pandemic rebound in fuel consumption. Eight vessels carrying nearly 15million barrels of crude transported to South Korea, China and India, according to ship-tracking data. Total U.S. Gulf crude outflows to Asia rose to nearly 51 million barrels in January.

Forum secured a South East Asia project
Nov. 5, 2020
Source: worldoil.com

Forum secured a South East Asia project

Forum Energy Technologies have bagged a contract to supply specialist subsea equipment for a cable maintenance project in South East Asia. The Equipment purposes to support telecommunication contracts between South East Asia and the Indian Ocean. Under the project, the Forum will be manufacturing and then installing the vehicle on the client's vessel by early 2021. Additional to this Forum will also be providing some operational and maintenance training to the client's personnel.

LNG buyers cancel US cargoes as natgas becomes most expensive
May 7, 2020

LNG buyers cancel US cargoes as natgas becomes most expensive

With the US natural gas prices topping the prices chart in Europe and Asia, the buyers have started cancelling the cargos. The buyers of the two continents have already cancelled the loading of around 20 cargoes from the United States in June. Henry Hub benchmark in Louisiana settled over both the Japan/Korea Marker (JKM) according to the most recent price data.

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