Asia/Pacific

Asia Needs Flexible LNG Deals Not Linked to Oil Prices - India Oil Minister

Asia needs flexible LNG contracts with no links to oil prices to reflect changes to the market as demand recovers from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, India's oil minister said.

China Launches 685-Mile Section of Natural Gas Pipeline

Operations have started on the middle portion of the China-Russia East natural gas pipeline, allowing natural gas from the Power of Siberia system in Russia to be transmitted to a smog-prone region in northern China.

China Hits 26% of Planned 2020 U.S. Energy Imports

China has accelerated imports of crude oil, propane and LNG from the United States since July, but total energy product purchases through October remain far short of targets set out in the Phase 1 trade deal.

China Bullish on Myanmar’s Gas Reserves, Pipelines

After many years of brokering deals and planning, China has managed to cement its place as the sole buyer of Myanmar’s massive Shwe Gas reserves. A new trans-Burma corridor now aims to secure oil imports from the Middle East and Africa.

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OPEC Predicts Oil Demand to Plateau in Late 2030s World oil demand will plateau in the late 2030s and could by then have begun to decline, OPEC said, in a major shift for the producer group that reflects the lasting impact of the coronavirus crisis on the economy and consumer habits.  ..

China Oil Imports Probably Weaker than Data Suggests

China's imports of crude oil slipped as expected in October, but while a 12.2% drop appears significant, the actual state of demand was probably even weaker.

Italy's Snam Takes First Steps into India with Hydrogen, Gas Deals

Italian gas group Snam has taken its first steps into India by signing a series of deals involving hydrogen and low-carbon mobility projects, the company said.

Favoring Gas, Philippines Shuts Door on Coal Power Proposals

The Philippines has stopped accepting new proposals for coal-based power projects to encourage investment in other energy sources like natural gas and renewables, the government's energy chief said on Wednesday.

China to Step Up E&P, Pipeline Construction

China said it plans to step up its exploration of oil and gas, and speed up the construction of oil and gas pipelines and storage facilities, according to the official Xinhua News Agency.

New GSPL Pipeline to Boost Gas Transmission Volumes in India

Gas transmission by India's Gujarat State Petronet Ltd will rise by about 25% in the next fiscal year as it links northern regions to an existing grid in the western state, a company official said.

China's Sinopec Completes Qingdao-Nanjing Gas Pipeline Construction

China's Sinopec announced on Tuesday it had completed construction of a natural gas pipeline connecting the Qingdao LNG terminal to Nanjing city in the Jiangsu province.

Explosion at Thai PTT Gas Line Kills Three, Injures 28

A gas pipeline exploded in Thailand on Thursday killing three people and injuring 28.

China Crude Storage Flows Accelerate as Last of Cheap Oil Offloads

China pumped more crude oil into storage in September reversing two months of drawdowns as the world's largest oil importer continued to work through massive purchases made earlier this year when prices plunged.

China on Course for Record LNG Imports as Industries Recover, Expand

China's imports of LNG will likely grow 10% to new highs this year as companies scoop up cheap supplies to cover increasing industrial use and robust residential demand.

Pipeline Rupture at India Gas Plant Sparks Fire, Halts Supply

A fire at an Oil and Natural Gas Corp plant caused by a pipeline rupture has cut gas supplies to customers including power and fertilizer companies, said a person familiar with the matter at gas marketing firm GAIL (India) Ltd.

Pandemic to Trim China's 2020 Gas Demand Growth — Report

Natural gas consumption in China is expected to grow at the slowest rate in five years according to a new report released by Beijing.

PETRONAS Launches Virtual LNG Pipeline System

Malaysian energy firm PETRONAS has launched a virtual LNG pipeline system to deliver natural gas to customers who cannot attach to the pipeline distribution grid.

Death Toll from Bangladesh Gas Explosion Rises to 24

The death toll from a gas pipeline explosion in a mosque outside Bangladesh’s capital rose to 24 on Sunday while authorities were examining how a leakage caused the accident during evening prayers.

Russia's Lukoil Suspends Uzbek Gas Exports to China Due to Weak Demand

An official from Russia's Lukoil said in a conference call on Friday the company has suspended gas deliveries to China from its projects in Uzbekistan due to weak demand amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Philippine Energy Chief Says LNG Projects Still on Track Despite Virus Delays

Four LNG import projects in the Philippines are still on track for approval despite "minor delays" due to the coronavirus pandemic, the country's energy secretary said on Thursday.

China Ramps up U.S. Oil Purchases Ahead of Trade Deal Review — Sources

Shipments of U.S. crude oil into China are expected to rise in the coming weeks as the two countries begin to review a trade agreement signed in January.

Japan's Mitsui Cleared to Export Gas from West Australian Project

Japan's Mitsui & Co won an exemption from the Western Australian government on Monday to export gas from a new onshore field

Gas Pipeline to China's First Major Independent LNG Terminal Complete

Work has been completed on a subsea gas pipeline connecting the country's first major privately owned terminal with a local gas grid.

Heavy Rains Cause Collapsed Roads, Pipeline Explosion in Northwest China

A natural gas pipeline exploded in northwest China early Wednesday morning after heavy rains caused several roads to collapse.

China Starts Building Southern Section of East-Route Pipeline

Construction has started on the southern portion of the China-Russia East natural gas pipeline, which carries supplies from the Power of Siberia system in Russia, PipeChina announced Tuesday.

China's Sinopec Seeks Long-Term LNG as Prices Remain Low

Taking advantage of near-record low prices for LNG, China's Sinopec is seeking to sign 10-year delivery contracts to take delivery beginning in 2023 according to several sources.

PipeChina to Take on $56 Billion of Pipelines to Boost Network Access

China is taking major steps to consolidate its midstream oil and gas sector with the newly formed state-owned PipeChina taking on more than $55 billion in assets.

PetroChina to Sell Major Pipeline Assets to PipeChina for $38 Billion

China's state-owned oil firm PetroChina has announced it is selling its oil and gas pipelines and storage facilities to the country's new midstream company China Oil and Gas Pipeline Network (PipeChina) for nearly $40 billion.

Zhejiang Wins China's First Private Fuel Export License — Sources

Zhejiang Petroleum & Chemical Co has been granted a license to export fuel from the country to the international market, a first for a private oil company in the country.

China Hires Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs to Advise on Pipeline Asset Transfers — Sources

China has hired Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs to advise the country's top energy firms on multi-billion dollar deals transferring oil and natural gas pipeline assets to a new national energy infrastructure company.