Asia/Pacific

South Korea Signs 20-Year LNG Deal with Qatar

South Korea's energy ministry said on Monday it had signed a 20-year LNG supply agreement with Qatar for the next 20 years starting in 2025.

Tokyo Gas to Start Methanation Pilot Program by End-March

Tokyo Gas Co Ltd, Japan's biggest city gas supplier, said on Wednesday it would start a demonstration test of methanation, a technology to help decarbonize city gas, in Japan by the end of next March.

First Deepwater Gas Field Fully Run by China Starts Production

The first deepwater gas field fully operated by a Chinese company, Lingshui 17-2, started production on Friday, the country's national offshore producer CNOOC Ltd said.

Taiwan's CPC Cleaning Up Oil Pipeline Leak Near Talin Refinery

Taiwan's state-owned refiner CPC Corp has started cleaning up an offshore oil spill caused by a pipeline that cracked during the discharging of oil from a vessel at its Talin refinery.

PipeChina Aims for Peak Carbon Emissions Before 2030

China Oil and Gas Pipeline Network, or PipeChina, aims to bring its carbon emission and energy consumption to a peak before 2030, a company manager said.

Police Detain Eight Employees of China Gas Unit After Deadly Pipeline Blast

Eight employees at a China Gas Holdings unit have been detained by local police following a fatal gas pipeline explosion on Sunday, according to a statement by the Shiyan city government.

LNG's Share of Indian Gas Demand Forecast to Rise to 70% by 2030

Indian companies are investing billions of dollars to strengthen gas infrastructure, including laying 15,000-kilometer (9,320-mile) pipelines to supply cleaner fuel to households and industries.

Death Toll in China Gas Pipe Explosion Rises to 25

The number of people killed in a gas pipeline explosion in central China on Sunday has risen to 25, state broadcaster CCTV reported on Monday.

Posco International Reviewing Dividend Payments on Myanmar Gas Project

South Korea's Posco International said it is reviewing dividend payments on a gas project in Myanmar, in a move that could further constrain funding to the military junta, which seized control of the country in a Feb. 1 coup.

Russia, Pakistan Agree to Build Pakistan Stream Gas Pipeline

Russia and Pakistan have signed an agreement to build the Pakistan Stream gas pipeline, Russia's energy ministry said on Friday.

Total Announces Suspension of MGTC Cash Distributions

France’s Total distributed millions of dollars to a shareholder run by Myanmar’s military through gas sales linked to a pipeline, French newspaper Le Monde reported.

Shell Exits Philippine Gas Field in $460 Million Deal

Aside from gas reserves, Malampaya's assets include undersea pipelines and other facilities that could be tapped by future sellers and users of imported LNG.

Total and Papua New Guinea Government Remobilizing, Planning Papua LNG Project

France-based oil company Total and the government of Papa New Guinea announced the remobilization of the Papua LNG project after a year of delay caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

LNG Cargoes Diverted from India as COVID Crisis Dampens Demand

LNG cargoes are being diverted away from ports in India as surging coronavirus cases there hamper domestic gas demand, trade and shipping sources said on Monday.

Indonesia to Stop LPG and Fuel Imports by 2030

Indonesia will stop both liquefied petroleum gas and fuel imports by 2030 and plans big changes to its energy infrastructure to meet that target, a top energy official said.

Neptune Energy Producing Natural Gas from Merakes Project in Indonesia

Neptune Energy announced that the operator, Eni, said production has started from its Merakes development in the East Sepinggan block offshore Indonesia.

Malaysia's Petronas Exports LNG in ISO Tanks to China

Malaysia's Petroliam Nasional Bhd said on Monday that it has started exports of LNG in ISO tanks to China from its filling facility in Pengerang in the southern state of Johor.

Chevron Lobbies U.S. Officials on Myanmar as Sanctions Pressure Rises

U.S. oil giant Chevron Corp lobbied lawmakers and government officials to protect its energy interests in Myanmar during the first quarter, as the administration of President Joe Biden comes under pressure to impose sanctions against the south Asian country’s military junta.

PipeChina's Cost-Sharing Plan Reduces Importer Interest for LNG Terminal Slots

Most companies shortlisted for PipeChina's LNG import terminal slots are backing off from a deal as new terms proposed by the gas pipeline operator threaten to jack up costs, trade sources said.

Med Red Land Bridge Inaugurates Operations Through EAPC Pipeline Network

The crude carrier contracted with Med-Red Land Bridge Company represents the first tanker to utilize the recently recommissioned 242 km (150 mi) pipeline owned by Europe Asia Pipeline Company.

Asian LNG Spot Prices Rise as China Replenishes Inventories

Asian spot prices for LNG rose this week as China, Japan and South Korea sought supply in an early move to stock up for winter, industry sources said.

China's 2021 Fuel Exports to Surge 32% as Refining Capacity Swells

Gas imports are forecasted to rise 12.5% to 158.5 bcm this year, with pipeline gas at 55 bcm and LNG at 103.5 bcm.

Feasibility Analysis for Gazprom’s Soyuz Vostok Gas Pipeline Project Approved

The feasibility analysis regarding the construction project for the Soyuz Vostok gas trunkline was approved Monday, Gazprom announced.

U.S. LNG Export Bonanza Reshapes Energy Map in Asia

U.S. exports of LNG to China, Japan and South Korea, the biggest importers of the fuel, have surged to record highs in recent months as the heavily industrialized region recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic, Eikon trade data shows.

Perspective: U.S. Gas Industry Increasingly Relies on LNG Exports

U.S. gas producers have become increasingly reliant on LNG exports to Europe and Asia to absorb their growing output and prevent domestic prices from plunging as a result of oversupply.

Suez Canal Steps Up Efforts to Remove Blockage as Shipping Rates Surge, Tankers Diverted

The Suez Canal stepped up efforts on Friday to free a giant stuck container ship and end a blockage that has sent shipping rates for fuel tankers soaring and disrupted global supply chains for everything from grains to baby clothes.

Singapore Appoints Two More Term LNG Importers

Singapore's Energy Market Authority has appointed ExxonMobil LNG Asia Pacific and Sembcorp Fuels (Singapore) as term liquefied natural gas importers for the city state, increasing the number of players to four.

Thai Energy Firm PTTEP Expanding Midstream Investments

Thai oil and gas giant PTT Exploration and Production Pcl on Tuesday said it plans to expand midstream investments to have new businesses account for 20% of its profits by 2030, with a focus on gas-to-power.

Perspective: China’s Gas Conundrum – Cleaner Air but Growing Security Risk

China has made significant progress building a gas distribution network to supply residents in major urban centers, helping provide cleaner and more convenient energy for heating and cooking while reducing air pollution.

NDT Global Conducting Baseline Inspection for Trans Adriatic Pipeline

NDT Global, a leading supplier of ultrasonic inline inspection, acoustic resonance technology, and advanced data analytics, announced it was awarded the contract to complete a baseline inspection survey for Trans Adriatic Pipeline AG, headquartered in Baar, Switzerland.