Monday, October 14, 2019

Asia Pacific News

Iranian Tanker Hit by Missiles, Oil Rises

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Oil prices jumped more than 2% on Friday, October 11, 2019, after Iranian media said a state-owned oil tanker had been struck by missiles in the Red Sea near Saudi Arabia, raising the prospect of supply disruptions weeks after attacks on Saudi oil plants.The Suezmax crude tanker Sabiti was ablaze and suffered heavy damage after being hit by two missiles, Iranian media reported.Both oil benchmarks recorded their biggest daily rise since Sept. 16, the first trading day after the attacks on Saudi installations pushed oil prices up around 20%.International benchmark Brent crude futures were up$1.39…

Airswift Eyes APAC Growth

Airswift, the global workforce solutions provider for the energy, process and infrastructure sectors, announced two senior hires to build upon recent successes in the Asia Pacific (APAC) region. Fueled by the region’s energy and infrastructure markets, the appointments follow 20% year-on-year growth for the company.Based in Brisbane, Ryan Carroll has been appointed as Regional Director, Australia & New Zealand, where he will be responsible for all in-country operations. Carroll has four years’ recruitment experience in Australia across industries such as civil engineering…

Yamal LNG Increases Asia-Pacific Shipments Via NSR

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Russia’s largest independent natural gas producer Novatek said that its operated Yamal LNG project has shipped 15 cargoes of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to Asia-Pacific markets directly via the Northern Sea Route (NSR) during 3Q19.The eastbound shipments represented about 25% of all LNG dispatched from Yamal LNG during the quarter. Planned 2019 volumes of LNG delivered eastbound to the Asian Pacific markets via the NSR will be increased by more than 4 times compared to last year.A current…

PTTEP, Halliburton Ink Automation Deal

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PTTEP, a national petroleum exploration and production company in Thailand, selected Halliburton Landmark for joint development of new well design workflow to automate drilling and completion engineering processes across the well lifecycle, the US-based oilfield services company announced.Halliburton said the new workflow is based on PTTEP well design initiative which will be developed using Landmark Digital Well Program, an application within DecisionSpace 365, which transforms how wells…

Japanese Backers for Novatek's LNG Complexes

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Russia’s largest independent natural gas producer and LNG project operator Novatek has formed ties with Japan's shipper Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) and Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) to collaborate on liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects.The three companies will implement projects for construction of a marine LNG transshipment complexes in Kamchatka Territory and Murmansk Region, including possible acquisition of participation interest in projects and potential financing of projects.“We have already started successful cooperation with Japanese companies in large LNG projects…

Woodside in LNG Supply Deal with Uniper

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Australian LNG producer Woodside signed a heads of agreement (HOA) with Uniper Global Commodities SE for a long-term (13 years) supply deal which would kick off in 2021.The quantity of LNG to be supplied will initially be up to 0.5 million tonnes per annum (Mtpa), increasing to approximately 1 Mtpa from 2025.Woodside CEO Peter Coleman said the HOA, signed at Gastech in Houston, builds on previous LNG supply arrangements between Woodside and Uniper.“This HOA deepens our relationship with Uniper, an international energy company and a leading player in global gas markets.

McDermott JV Bags Arctic LNG-2 Deal

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Engineering services firm McDermott International announced that its joint venture Qingdao McDermott Wuchuan Offshore Engineering Co. Ltd (QMW) in Qingdao, China, has been awarded a contract to provide three complex modules for the Arctic LNG 2 Project in the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Region in Russia.McDermott defines a large contract as between $50 million and $250 million. The designation refers to McDermott’s share of the award via its joint venture."This award recognizes QMW's experience and excellent performance in the Arctic on an earlier Yamal LNG project.

Shore Power Market to Reach $2.7Bln by 2024

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The global shore power market is estimated to be valued at USD 1.4 billion in 2019 and is projected to reach USD 2.7 billion by 2024, at a CAGR of 13.3% during the forecast period.Reduction of low-frequency noise and emissions at ports, a growing number of cruise liners in the shipping industry, and installation of retrofit shore power systems have increased the demand for a shore power system, said a report by ResearchAndMarkets.However, huge installation & maintenance costs and high…

Xodus Hires Rivers

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Energy consultancy Xodus Group said it has appointed Stephen Rivers as Subsea & Pipelines Manager for Asia-Pacific as the company targets strategic growth and new projects in the region. He will be based in in Perth, Australia.Rivers’ previous roles have included Engineering Director for Peritus International Pty Ltd and Senior Vice President for INTECSEA for Australia and New Zealand.With more than 30 years' in the oil and gas industry, Rivers commenced his career in subsea pipeline…

Saudi Minister Commits to Output Cuts

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Oil prices rose more than 2% on Monday after the new Saudi energy minister, Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman, confirmed expectations that he would stick with his country's policy of limiting crude output to support prices.Prince Abdulaziz, son of Saudi King Salman and a long-time member of the Saudi delegation to the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), replaced Khalid al-Falih on Sunday."The move is bullish for oil prices," Phil Flynn, an analyst at Price Futures Group in Chicago, said in a note. "Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman is known as an oil production cutter.

Cosmo Oil Builds IMO-compliant Fuel Stocks at Chiba Port

Japanese oil refiner Cosmo Oil is to build new storage capacity for IMO-compliant low-sulfur fuel at its Chiba facility. (Photo © Adobe Stock / show999)

Japan’s third-largest oil refining company, Cosmo Oil, , has started building stocks of very-low-sulfur fuel oil (VLSFO) for supply to domestic marine fuel markets from next month (October 2019) ahead of the IMO 2020 mandate requiring ships globally to reduce their bunker fuel sulfur content to 0.5% from the current 3.5% from January 2020.Cosmo Oil is using VLSFO produced at its residue desulfurizer (RDS) unit at its Chiba refinery near Tokyo to build the stocks, Cosmo Oil’sPresident Shunichi Tanaka said on Sunday…

Offshore Wind Cable Market to Reach $3B

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The global offshore wind cable market is estimated to grow at CAGR above 16% over the forecast time frame 2019 to 2026 and reach the market value around $3 billion by 2026.The demand for offshore wind cables has seen significant development due to the paradigm shift towards fresh renewable techniques with increasing consciousness of carbon emission limits, said a report by Acumen Research and Consulting."Offshore wind turbines are rapidly growing, with a higher capacity production more than onshore wind generation.

BSP Contracts AqualisBraemar

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Oil & natural gas company Brunei Shell Petroleum Company Sdn Bhd (BSP) has awarded AqualisBraemar a frame agreement to conduct rig inspection services for the operator.The agreement is valid for three years with an option to extend the contract for additional periods of three times one year, said the Norway-based global company that provides, through its subsidiaries and associates, consultancy services to the energy, marine and insurance sectors.Oslo-listed AqualisBraemar – a result of the recent unification between Aqualis Offshore and Braemar Technical Services – will provide rig inspection services…

NSER Wins $600mln Contracts in S. Arabia

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National Energy Services Reunited (NESR), a provider of integrated energy services in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and Asia Pacific regions, has been awarded contracts worth US$660 million by Saudi Aramco for coiled tubing, stimulation and cementing services for a five year period.The contract is with the National Petroleum Technology Company, a subsidiary of NESR, for coiled tubing and N2, stimulation services and cementing services for a period of five years with possible extensions of up to two years.Mohammed Y.

DNV GL Opens 1st LiDAR Test Site in Asia

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Global certification group DNV GL has launched its first LiDAR verification site in Asia to cater for the growing windpower market.The world’s largest resource of independent energy experts and certification body said in a press release that the site, based in the near-shore facility, in Youngkwang, South Korea, provides optimal wind conditions for the verification of wind systems.LiDAR measurement verifications are vital to subsequently conduct measurement campaigns for power performance…

New CEO Guy Takes the Helm at EnerMech

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Aberdeen-headquartered services company EnerMech announced on Wednesday that John Guy has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer (CEO), succeeding company founder Doug Duguid, who will assume the role of Deputy Chairman.Guy’s appointment as CEO will become effective from August 1, 2019, when Doug Duguid will take on the Deputy Chairman role for a six-month period. The move is part of a planned strategic transition put in place following the acquisition of EnerMech in December 2018 by global investment firm…

Mainstream Names Asia-Pacific Head

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Irish wind and solar projects developer Mainstream Renewable Power has appointed Raghuram Natarajan chief executive of its Asia-Pacific business."This key appointment to the Group’s Leadership Team, based out of its newly opened regional headquarters in Singapore, comes ahead of significant expansion plans for the region," said a press release.Natarajan brings a decade and a half of senior leadership experience in the wind and solar industry across India, Thailand, the Philippines, Malaysia…

DNV GL Supports Asia's Largest Solar Floater

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DNV GL, the international accredited registrar and classification society, said that it has been appointed by PUB, Singapore’s national water agency,  as technical adviser for a 50MW floating photovoltaic (PV) project tender in Singapore.The first-of-its-kind 50 MW project, south-east Asia’s largest floating PV, could reduce Singapore’s carbon footprint by the equivalent removing 6,000 cars off local roads."Once completed, the floating solar project will be one of the largest single floating…

Pavilion Acquires LNG assets of Iberdrola

(L to R) Mr Frédéric H. Barnaud, Group CEO of Pavilion Energy and Mr Aitor Moso, CEO of Liberalised Business, Iberdrola. Photo: Pavilion Energy

Singapore-based LNG company Pavilion Energy said its wholly owned subsidiary Pavilion Energy Trading & Supply has agreed to buy Spanish energy company Iberdrola's portfolio of liquefied natural gas (LNG) assets.The portfolio comprises about 4 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) of Iberdrola's long-term LNG sale and supply contracts.It also includes long-term regasification of approximately 2 mtpa at the Grain LNG terminal (UK), regasification access in Spain and the Spanish-France border pipeline capacity, as well as the time-charter of a newbuild MEGI LNG vessel.

Asian Renewables Investment on the Rise

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Renewable energy investment in the Asia-Pacific region will overtake spending on oil and gas exploration by 2020, consultancy Rystad Energy said on Monday.Total capital expenditure in renewables will rise above $30 billion in the region by 2020, just overtaking investment into exploration and production for oil and natural gas, the consultancy said.India, Australia, Japan, Vietnam and South Korea will be the leading destinations for investment in Asia, according to Rystad.The company focuses on China separately and did not include the nation in this assessment.