Monday, October 14, 2019

Bahrain News

Siemens Plans to List Energy Unit in 2020

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Siemens plans to list its energy unit by around September next year, the head of its gas and power division said on Tuesday.The German conglomerate said in May that it was spinning off its gas and power business, which has dragged on the German engineering firm's performance as the rise of renewable power hits demand for gas turbines."We are very excited about what the company will have in its portfolio and then for the company to be a separate listed entity next year about this time will allow it to be very independent and very focused on the energy market…

How to Determine Which Countries Have the Best Energy Policies

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Which countries have the best energy policies? This is an interesting, and rather obvious, question, considering that every country’s energy practices impact the world in one way or another. But it’s one you don’t often hear asked.That is probably because it’s hard to compare countries in any sensible and fair way, given the differences in population, size, economy and resources.Still, the world needs to know who does it best. The challenge is to measure performance against a set of agreed indicators…

Two Tankers Attacked in Gulf of Oman

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Two oil tankers were attacked in the Gulf of Oman on Thursday, leaving one ablaze and both adrift, shipping firms said, driving oil prices as much as 4% higher over worries about Middle East supplies.The Front Altair, carrying petrochemical feedstock, was on fire in waters between Gulf Arab states and Iran after an explosion that a source blamed on a magnetic mine. The Norwegian owner said its crew were safe.A second Japanese-owned tanker was abandoned after being hit by a suspected torpedo, the firm that chartered the ship said.

Oil Price Risks Rise

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Supply disruptions in the Middle East on top of an already tight crude market could send oil prices violently upward, said the energy research firm Rystad Energy.Two Saudi Arabian oil tankers were reportedly attacked off the coast of the United Arab Emirates this weekend, sending crude futures up sharply May 13.Bjørnar Tonhaugen, Head of Oil Market Research at Rystad Energy, says: “In the short term, the perceived risk of supply disruptions from the area will only add to the premium of short-dated oil contracts compared to deferred contracts on the futures curve…

Bahrain LNG Terminal to Start Commercial Operations in May

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Bahrain's liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal will start commercial operations in May, with the first LNG shipment to be imported mostly from the UAE's ADNOC, state media quoted the CEO of Bahrain’s National Oil and Gas Authority (NOGA) as saying.Bahrain LNG is the developer of the receiving and regasification terminal within the Khalifa bin Salman Port facility in Hidd, Bahrain, Bahrain LNG's website says.The terminal also houses an offshore LNG receiving jetty and breakwater, a regasification platform, subsea gas pipelines from the platform to shore, an onshore gas

Eni Continues High-speed Gulf Drive

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In less than 12 months Eni CEO Claudio Descalzi has turned the Middle East from a sideshow to a strategic hub for the Italian energy major. And the shift is not over.Since last March the 63-year-old has clinched nine deals in the United Arab Emirates, gained a toehold in Bahrain and expanded in Oman to reshape the group's future.In the latest deal on Sunday, Eni pledged $3.3 billion to buy part of the world's fourth-biggest refinery in the UAE, increasing its…

Newcomers Pile into Race for Qatar LNG

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Qatar is preparing to issue a tender for energy firms seeking a stake in its gas expansion project, drawing interest from long-standing partners as well as newcomers Chevron, Norway's Equinor and Italy's Eni, industry sources said.Plans to expand Qatar's liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities, already the world's largest, by more than a third in the next five years are considered one of the most lucrative investments in the rapidly growing global gas market.Competition…

Bahrain's First LNG Terminal Ready for Business

Bahrain expected to start LNG imports early this year; FSU on 20-year time charter to Bahrain LNG arrives in the GulfBahrain's first liquefied natural gas (LNG) floating unit arrived in the Gulf this week as the country gets ready for its maiden imports of the super-chilled fuel this year, data from Refinitiv Eikon showed.Bahrain Spirit, a floating storage unit (FSU) with a capacity of about 173,000 cubic meters, is currently anchored in Fujairah after docking in the United Arab Emirates region on Jan.

Bahrain, ENI Join Forces for Offshore Exploration

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National Oil and Gas Authority of the Kingdom of Bahrain (NOGA) and ENI signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to pursue petroleum exploration of Block 1, an offshore area of over 2,800 sqkm still largely unexplored, located in the northern territorial waters of the Kingdom of Bahrain with water depth ranging from 10 metres up to 70 metres.The signing took place by  Mohamed Bin Khalifa Al Khalifa, Minister of Oil of Bahrain and Chairman of the board of directors in NOGA…

Qatar to Leave OPEC

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Qatar said on Monday it was quitting OPEC from January to focus on its gas ambitions, taking a swipe at the group's de facto leader Saudi Arabia and marring efforts to show unity before this week's meeting of exporters to tackle an oil price slide.Doha, one of OPEC's smallest oil producers but the world's biggest liquefied natural gas (LNG) exporter, is embroiled in a protracted diplomatic row with Saudi Arabia and some other Arab states.Qatar said its surprise decision was not driven by politics but in an apparent swipe at Riyadh…

Saudi Crown Prince, Bahrain's King Open New Oil Pipeline

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Bahraini King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa opened a new oil pipeline between the two countries on Monday, the Saudi Press agency said.The crown prince and the king attended the opening ceremony for the pipeline, a cooperative project between Saudi oil company Aramco and Bahrain Petroleum Company (Bapco).The pipeline connects Saudi oil processing facilities at Abqaiq with the Bapco refinery in Bahrain, with a flow that currently reaches 220,000 barrels per day, and a transport capacity of up to 350,000 barrels per day.

FSU Delivered to Bahrain LNG

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Teekay LNG’s first floating storage unit (FSU) has been delivered to charterer Bahrain LNG.The vessel Bahrain Spirit was delivered from the shipyard in South Korea at the end of August, before going on hire on September 19, 2018.The FSU will form part of Bahrain LNG’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) receiving and regasification terminal within the Khalifa bin Salman Port facility, in Hidd, Bahrain. The project comprises of a FSU, an offshore LNG receiving jetty and breakwater…

Bahrain's Oil Company Targets $1 Bln Through Dual-tranche Bond

Shaikh Mohamed bin Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, Chairman (Photo: Nogaholding)

Bahrain's state-owned oil company Nogaholding plans to raise $1 billion through a dual-tranche U.S.

Asian LNG Demand to Grow

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Currently planned regasification capacity expansions in Asia will allow LNG demand to grow towards 2030, said energy consultent Rystad Energy.Total planned capacity additions is forecasted to reach 700 Mtpa by 2030 driven by expansions in China and India. Asia LNG demand of 392 Mt in 2030 would imply an average utilization rate of 56% if all regasification projects were sanctioned.The seasonality in East Asian demand will require China to continue its capacity development…

Middle East Oil & Gas Shipping Routes are at Risk

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Saudi Arabia said on Thursday it was suspending oil shipments through the Red Sea after Yemen's Iran-aligned Houthis attacked two crude tankers, underscoring risks caused by the conflict in the world's top oil exporting region.Iran, in its row with the United States over sanctions, has also threatened to block the Strait of Hormuz, the other major strategic shipping route for oil from the region and the main route for Iranian crude exports.Below are facts about region's shipping routes:Bab al-MandebAny move to block the Bab al-Mandeb…

Bahrain Launches $1 bln Energy Fund

Bahrain's government has launched an energy fund that aims to raise $1 billion from local, regional and international investors to develop the kingdom's energy assets, Oil Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa al-Khalifa said on Thursday.The Bahrain Energy Fund will receive its initial capital from local entities including Nogaholding, the investment arm of Bahrain's National Oil and Gas Authority, as well as from investment banks Osool and SICO, according to the minister's statement.It will invest in a range of energy projects across the downstream, mid-stream and upst

Bahrain: New Field has 80 bln Barrels of Reserves

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Bahrain's oil minister said on Wednesday that the estimated oil reserves in a newly discovered field, the kingdom's largest ever, is at least 80 billion barrels of tight oil. Bahrain said on Sunday it had discovered the tight oil and deep gas resources located off the west coast of the kingdom. "DeGolyer and MacNaughton’s and Haliburton’s independent appraisals have confirmed NOGA’s (Bahrain’s National Oil and Gas Authority) find of highly significant quantities of oil in-place for the Khalij Al Bahrain…

Oil Down 2%

* Concerns of U.S. * U.S. Oil fell by more than 2 percent on Monday, pressured by a rise in Russian production, expectations that Saudi Arabia will cut prices of the crude it sends to Asia and a deepening trade spat between China and the United States. Brent crude was down $1.44, or 2.1 percent, at $67.90 a barrel by 1:32 p.m. EDT (1832 GMT). That was the lowest level since March 21. U.S. crude lost $1.72, or 2.7 percent, to $63.22, its lowest since March 20. Trading volumes were lower than normal as some countries were on Easter holiday.

TechnipFMC-led Consortium to Expand Bahrain Refinery

State-run Bahrain Petroleum Co (Bapco) has awarded a consortium led by UK-based TechnipFMC a contract to expand Bahrain's only oil refinery, sources close to the matter told Reuters on Friday. A spokesman for South Korea's Samsung Engineering, also a member of the consortium, confirmed the news. Samsung Engineering said in a statement the consortium received a letter of award from Bapco on Nov. 30 to execute the project in a contract worth a total amount of $4.2 billion.

Oil Steady Near Two-Year Highs

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Middle East tensions raise risk of supply disruptions; Increase in U.S. oil drilling caps prices. The Brent oil price was steady at close to two-year highs on Monday, with support from Middle East tensions and record long bets by fund managers balanced by rising U.S. production. Benchmark Brent crude futures were down a modest 5 cents at $63.47 a barrel by 1228 GMT but up 14 percent so far this month. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures rose 6 cents to $56.68.