MENA Region: Pushing Through Critical Energy Projects This Year

04/08/17 • •

In the Middle East North Africa region $622 billion worth of development is planned in the energy sector for the next five years. The power sector accounts for the largest share at $207 billion, with the oil and gas sector at $195 billion and $159 billion respectively. Leading the drive will be Saudi Arabia, and Iraq and Iran will play catch-up. Algeria will pump billions into its upstream sector, and much is expected from Egypt’s recent gas. Renewable-energy projects will be at the forefront of efforts to meet rising power demand in Morocco, Tunisia and Jordan.


U.S. Natural Gas Pipeline Projects Certificated In 2017

03/07/17 • •

Last year the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) certificated 17.6 billion cubic feet per day of new natural gas pipeline capacity, and so far this year the Commission has certificated more than 7 Billion cubic feet per day. The seven projects certificated during the first few weeks of 2017 include more than 1,500 miles of natural gas pipeline construction and expansions. The pipeline projects are concentrated in the eastern half of the United States to improve access to markets for growing eastern natural gas production, and they have projected 2017 and 2018 in-service dates.


India Looks At Myanmar’s Oil And Gas

03/06/17 • •

“The prospect of deepening Myanmar-India ties are very interesting and could potentially be quite wide,” said Michal Meidan, Asia Energy Policy Analyst at Energy Aspects. “Indian refiners are increasingly looking to sell products to Myanmar in order to tap a growing market. This makes sense both on the geopolitical level where India is increasingly seeking regional influence – and Myanmar will be pleased to hedge against China, and in terms of Indian refiners’ corporate needs to deepen their presence in new markets,” she added.


Southeast Asia’s Oil & Gas Sector: Opportunities For Growth

03/13/17 • •

According to Rigzone’s Ideal Employer Survey the top three attributes that oil and gas professionals value most in an employer are “a commitment to health and safety”, “competitive salary” and “positive organizational culture”. With respect to the “ideal employer”, the first three rankings go to Royal Dutch Shell, Exxon Mobil and Chevron, both globally and in the Southeast Asia region. Southeast Asia has suffered with the global oil glut but it still has opportunities for growth. InvestKL, for example, is working closely with PETRONAS to help attract large global multinational oil and gas companies.


EIA: U.S. Expected To Become Net Exporter Of Natural Gas By 2018

02/29/17 • •

The transition of the U.S. to net exporter of natural gas by 2018 is to be driven by declining pipeline imports, growing pipeline exports, and increasing exports of liquefied natural gas. The Sabine Pass facility in Louisiana became the first operating LNG export facility in the Lower 48 states in 2016. By 2021, four LNG export facilities are expected to be completed with a combined operational export capacity of 9.2 billion cubic feet per day. The EIA also projects the U.S. to become a net exporter of total energy in the 2020s.


India Steps Up Efforts To Boost Domestic Oil And Gas Production 02.17.2017

Following its first oil and gas field auction in six years India has decided to award the bulk of the operating licenses to new players. The operating licenses are for 31 contract areas comprising 44 oil and gas fields and have been awarded under a revenue-sharing model. These contract areas would monetize 40 million metric tons of oil and 22 billion cubic metres of natural gas over 15 years for the Indian government. India’s oil demand growth will outpace China‘s for the third year in a row in 2017.


Gazprom And China Broadening Cooperation In Energy Sector 02.16.2017

Meetings have recently been held between Russia and China on energy: one between Gazprom and the State Council of the People’s Republic of China covering the collaboration between Gazprom and Chinese energy companies and financial organizations; and the other between Gazprom and CNPC which looked at the current progress and future prospects for gas deliveries from Russia to China, the possibilities for underground gas storage facilities and gas-fired power generation in China, as well as the use of LNG as a vehicle fuel along the Europe-China international transport route.


EIA Energy Outlook: The U.S. To Become Net Energy Exporter 01.08.2017

The International Energy Agency’s Annual Energy Outlook provides modeled projections of U.S. domestic energy markets through 2050, and includes scenarios with different assumptions of macroeconomic growth, world oil prices, technological progress, and energy policies. With strong domestic production and relatively flat demand, the United States becomes a net energy exporter in most Outlook cases as petroleum liquid imports fall and natural gas exports rise over the projection period under consideration. Energy-related carbon dioxide emissions decline in most of the cases, with the highest emissions projected in the “no Clean Power Plan” projection.


Oil And Gas Sector Vulnerable To Cyberattacks 01.19.2017

Critical U.S. infrastructure, including oil and gas pipelines, is vulnerable to cyberattacks. Because no major breaches have recently been announced, the topic of cybersecurity in the oil and gas space has been quiet. That doesn’t mean that the threat of cyberattacks has gone away, Ken Talanian from Evercore said. The Saudi Aramco hack in 2012 – when an unleashed virus erased data from three-quarters of Aramco’s corporate personal computers – would have served as a wakeup call for the industry if the Stuxnet attack in 2010 on an Iranian nuclear facility didn’t.


Cruise Line Executive: LNG Represents The Fuel Of The Future 01.05.2017

Carnival Corp & plc, the world’s largest leisure travel company with 10 cruise line brands traveling to all seven continents and nearly 750 ports of call, has ordered a total of seven fully LNG-powered cruise ships – a first for the industry. The ships, the first of which will set sail in northwest Europe and the Mediterranean, will feature dual-fuel engines that will burn LNG both in port and at sea. The company’s senior VP talks about the rationale behind the change from marine diesel to LNG.


cMISTTM : ExxonMobil’s New Natural Gas Technology 01.05.2017

ExxonMobil has developed cMISTTM technology, which dehydrates natural gas using a patented absorption system inside pipes and replaces the need for conventional dehydration tower technology. This new technology reduces corrosion and equipment interference helping to ensure the safe and efficient transport of natural gas through the supply infrastructure and ultimately to consumers. It has been licensed to the Chemtech division of Sulzer, a leading player in separation technologies, to facilitate deployment across the oil and gas industry.


Electric Vehicles: Not A Game-Changer For Oil Market 12.27.2016

iconAccording to BP, electric vehicles are not likely to be a game changer for the growth of oil demand over the next 20 years where the increasing prosperity in emerging Asia is likely to swamp the impact of even a very rapid increase in electric cars. In fact, there may well be more cost effective methods of reducing CO2 emissions over this period, for example greater improvements in vehicle efficiency, a switch away from coal in the power sector, or increased investment in Carbon Capture and Storage. But these considerations should not detract from the many potential benefits that electric vehicles may bring.