Sunday, February 17, 2019

Malaysia News

GasLog: LNG Demand Grew 9% in 2018

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Liquefied natural gas (LNG) is expected to have increased by 9%, from 288 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) in 2017 to 313 mtpa in 2018, said GasLog.The Monaco-based owner, operator and manager of LNG carriers said in a stock exchange announcement that China’s LNG imports increased by approximately 16 mtpa, or 41%, to 54 mtpa in 2018, driven mainly by continued coal-to-gas switching in the industrial, commercial and residential sectors.South Korea, Pakistan, Thailand and Mexico also experienced strong growth in LNG imports during 2018.

Yinson Tallies Layang FPSO Contract

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Floating production, storage and offloading unit (FPSO) provider Yinson announced Thursday it has received a letter of award from JX Nippon to provide operation and maintenance services for an FPSO due to commence operations at the the Layang field offshore Malaysia by the fourth quarter of 2019.The charter contract is for a firm period of eight years, plus 10 extension period options of one year each.Yinson said the estimated aggregate value of the operation and maintenance contract, assuming the extension options are fully exercised…

Velesto Gets Contract Extension from Hess

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Malaysian drilling contactor Velesto Drilling said that the oil company Hess Exploration and Production Malaysia has extended the contract for the Naga 8 jack-up drilling rig in North Malay Basin, Malaysia.Naga 8 jack-up rig is owned by Velesto Drilling (previously known as UMW Offshore Drilling), a subsidiary of Velesto Energy Bhd (formerly known as UMW Oil & Gas Corp Bhd).In a filing with Bursa Malaysia, Velesto said that the contract was for 18 months plus extensions.The value of contract to provide high pressure high temperature jack-up drilling rig and services is estimated to be approximately $38 million…

Sapura Energy, OMV Partner for E&P

Sapura Energy's Tan Sri Shahril and OMV's Johann Pleininger at the November 2019 signing ceremony (Photo: OMV)

Malaysia’s largest oil and gas services company Sapura Energy Berhad and Austria’s OMV Aktiengesellschaft have agreed to form a new strategic partnership that will see the creation of a new joint venture independent oil and gas company.OMV Exploration & Production GmbH, a wholly-owned subsidiary of OMV Aktiengesellschaft, has paid $540 million for a 50% stake of the issued share capital in the newly formed SapuraOMV Upstream Sdn. Bhd.Malaysia based SapuraOMV Upstream Sdn. Bhd is a independent oil…

DOF Subsea Wins Yinson Energy Contract

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Malaysia's Yinson Holdings Bhd's associate Yinson Energy has awarded DOF Subsea Asia Pacific Region a contract to provide transportation & installation (T&I) services to position and moor the FPSO Helang on the Layang field, Sarawak, Malaysia.DOF,  international subsea operating company, said in a press release that the award includes Project Management, Engineering, Towing and Mooring Services and is expected to be completed by Q3 2019.The project will utilize construction support vessel (CSV) Skandi Hercules…

WSM to Manage FSRU for Pardus Energy

Pardus Energy's FSRU Turquoise will be fully managed by WSM. Image: Wilhelmsen Ship Management

Wilhelmsen Ship Management (WSM) has entered into a management agreement with Ireland-based Pardus Energy for their new building Floating Storage and Regasification Unit (FSRU).WSM, one of the world’s largest third-party ship manager with a portfolio of more than 450 vessels and 9200 active seafarers, will be providing ship management services for the new FSRU named “Turquoise”.The FSRU is a 170,000 CBM gas processing vessel, built at Hyundai Heavy Industry, South Korea. The FSRU will be managed by Wilhelmsen Ship Management Malaysia.“We are extremely excited to be selected as the manager for this FSRU.

Wellit Partners with Norvestor

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The owners of software company Wellit have decided to sell 60 percent of company shares to private equity company Norvestor.Wellit develops logistics solutions for the global oil and gas industry. Its software, WELS, is a cloud-based multi-tenant platform tailored to the oil and gas industry.WELS enables all involved parties in the oil and gas value chain to communicate on one logistics platform, thereby removing the risk of miscommunication and duplicate information. WELS optimizes planning and reduces lead-time from order to delivery.

WoodMac on Medco Energi's Potential Takeover of Ophir Energy

Angus Rodger, Research Director, Asia Pacific. Photo: Wood Mackenzie

Wood Mackenzie Research Director, Angus Rodger, provides insight on a of UK-listed Ophir Energy by Indonesia's Medco Energi."On the first day of 2019, Ophir announced it was in talks with Indonesia's Medco Energi regarding a cash takeover. No amount or other details have yet been released, other than Medco has to make a clear binding offer by the 28th of January if a deal is to proceed. Ophir's upstream portfolio includes assets in Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Equatorial Guinea and Tanzania.

China's LNG Imports Hit Record High

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China's imports of liquefied natural gas (LNG) in November surged to a new record as the country briskly promotes the green fuel to clean its energy mix, said a report in Xinhua.In November, LNG imports totaled 5.99 million tons hitting a new record, rising 48.5 percent year-on-year, according to figures from the General Administration of Customs released over the weekend. The previous record was 5.18 million tons set in January this year, according to media reports.The report said that the country's appetite for natural gas has swelled rapidly in recent years…

Cheniere, Malaysia's Petronas Sign 20-Year LNG Pact

Sabine Pass LNG Terminal. Image: Cheniere Energy

Houston-based Cheniere Energy Partners has signed a 20-year liquefied natural gas (LNG) supply deal with a subsidiary of Petronas, Malaysia's state-owned oil and natural gas company.Per long-term pact, Petronas agreed to buy about 1.1 million tons a year from the Sabine Pass facility, according to a statement Tuesday. That’s about a quarter of the sixth plant’s capacity. “Petronas is one of the largest and most experienced participants in the global LNG market, and we are pleased to have it as our newest foundation customer at Sabine Pass…

AET Grows in Brazil

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With the ongoing development of deepwater pre-salt plays and a decreased demand on local content in tankers and other vessels, Brazilian national operator Petrobras and other super-majors have been looking abroad for better rates and reliable operators of shuttle tankers. Claudio Paschoa, Maritime Reporter’s correspondent in Brazil spoke to Peter Liew, Global Director – Mid Size Tankers, Crude Shipping, about AET Tankers’ history and its operations in Brazil.AET (formerly American Eagle Tankers) was founded in Houston in 1994 primarily to conduct lightering operations in the Gulf of Mexico.

Malaysia Agrees to Extend Oil Output Cut

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Malaysia will extend its oil production cuts by another six months after the agreement between OPEC and other oil producers to reduce global supply ends this year.OPEC and non-OPEC producers agreed at a meeting in Vienna on Friday to a new level of production cuts from January to June 2019, setting it at 1.2 million barrels per day from the current rate of 1.8 million barrels per day."Malaysia has agreed to continue its voluntary commitment by reducing its total oil output by 15,000 barrels per day," Azmin Ali, minister of economic affairs, said in a statement on Saturday.Malaysia is not an OPEC member.

ASEAN Adopts Oil Spill Contingency Plan

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International Maritime Organization (IMO) technical assistance and institutional support has been instrumental in the recent adoption of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Regional Oil Spill Contingency Plan.IMO said that the plan was adopted by the 24th ASEAN Transport Ministers Meeting, held in Bangkok, Thailand (8 November). The Regional Oil Spill Contingency Plan provides for a mechanism whereby ASEAN Member States can request and provide mutual support in response to any oil spills.It also ensures a common understanding and effective integration between affected and assisting ASEAN Member States…

Petronas, Vitol Asia Pact for LNG Supply Deal

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Malaysian oil and gas company Petroliam Nasional Berhad (Petronas) through its subsidiary, Petronas LNG Ltd (PLL) and Vitol Asia Pte Ltd (Vitol) announced the signing of binding Heads of Agreement (HOA) for long-term liquefied natural gas (LNG) sale and purchase (SPA) agreement.Under the terms of the agreement signed on 1 October 2018, the LNG supply to Vitol commencing in 2024 will be approximately up to 0.8 million tonnes per annum for a period of up to 15 years on both Delivered Ex-Ship (DES) and Free on Board (FOB) basis…

Petronas Q3 Profit Jumps 43%

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Malaysian state-owned energy firm Petroliam Nasional Berhad, or Petronas, on Tuesday said it will increase its dividend payout to the government after its third-quarter net profit jumped on higher revenue and oil prices.The new administration led by Mahathir Mohamad is relying more on Petronas - a significant contributor to government revenue and the country's largest employer - to offset a revenue shortfall from the government's plan to scrap a consumption tax.Higher and more stable oil prices have…

Petronas Sets Up Team for Renewables Push

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Malaysian state-owned oil and gas firm Petroliam Nasional Berhad, or Petronas, has set up a new business within the group to make a push into renewable energy, the head of the new venture said on Tuesday.Petronas has expressed interest over the last year to diversify into renewables amid low oil prices. In March, Chief Executive Wan Zulkiflee Wan Ariffin said Petronas will explore new business areas including new energy and that the company will assess opportunities in solar power.Jay Mariyappan…

Norway's Equinor strikes LPG Deal with Malaysia

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Norwegian oil and gas firm Equinor has entered into a long-term agreement with Malaysia's Global Petro Storage for a terminal and storage for liquified petroleum gas (LPG) volumes in Port Klang, in South-East Asia.According to statement from the petroleum and wind energy company, GPS will build a new facility to execute this agreement with startup of operations planned for mid-2021. Equinor will bring LPG to the terminal and sell into the domestic market in Malaysia as well as selling volumes to markets like Bangladesh…

Sapura Energy Wins Contracts in Mexico, Malaysia

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Malaysia-based integrated oil and gas services Sapura Energy Berhad has strengthened its presence in Mexico and Malaysia with new contract wins valued at approximately RM1.75 billion (USD 410 mln).The new contracts have lifted the company’s orderbook to RM18 billion and total contract wins to-date for this financial year to RM7 billion (USD 1.68 bln).Sapura Energy has built capabilities and expertise that are critical to support its clients in their quest to meet global energy demand and as a result…

​​​​Russian Oil Firm Signs Initial Exploration Deal with South Sudan

Russia's Zarubezhneft has signed a memorandum of understanding with South Sudan to explore four oil blocks, South Sudan's petroleum minister said on Tuesday.The company was awaiting more information on the blocks from the Petroleum Ministry before starting exploration, Petroleum Minister Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth told Reuters.Other foreign firms active in South Sudan's oil industry include China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC), Malaysia's Petronas and India's Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC Videsh).The minister said the country's oil production had risen to 135,000 barrels per day (bpd) from 130,000 bpd in Augu

OMV, Sapura Energy Sign Pact

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Malaysia’s Sapura Energy has entered into a heads of agreement with Austria’s OMV to form a strategic partnership and acquire half of Sapura Upstream for $1.6 billion."Under the agreements, OMV Exploration and Production GmbH (OMV E&P), a wholly-owned subsidiary of OMV Aktiengesellschaft, will buy a 50 per cent stake of the enlarged issued share capital in a newly-formed joint venture company, SEB Upstream Sdn Bhd (SUP), based on an enterprise value of up to USD1.6 billion comprising an equity value of up to USD1…