Asia-Pacific
Still hope for Indonesia's upstream, but incentives needed
15 April 2013
Just under half of Indonesia's potential resources have not yet been produced
China-Russia energise relations, but gas deal still out of reach
25 March 2013
China and Russia signed a raft of new deals during president Xi Jinping’s state visit to Moscow. The agreements promise to deepen the countries’ energy ties, but the crucial element of a proposed gas-supply deal – the price – has not yet been finalised
Timor-Leste facing problems with spending
28 February 2013
Timor-Leste (East Timor) was once seen as the poster child for developing nations. It had natural resources, a comprehensive legal framework covering their extraction and an oil fund. Now, almost 11 years after attaining independence, the country better resembles a problem child
Greening China’s pumps as cars expected to double in number
25 February 2013
Can efficient vehicles and a push for alternative fuels take the edge off the country’s thirst for oil?
New book reveals how China’s superbank takes on the world
20 February 2013
China Development Bank has emerged as one of the most important financial institutions in the world, bankrolling the country’s rise at home and abroad, but little is known about its operations. Justin Jacobs reviews a new book which helps shine a light on the secretive bank
Myanmar still has far to go on road to democracy
8 February 2013
Despite recent reforms, human rights and transparency issues pose real challenges for Myanmar
Clock ticking on China-Russia gas supply deal talks
16 January 2013
Russia still hopes to strike a gas supply deal with China – vital if the country’s strategic shift from Europe to Asia is to succeed. But, as Justin Jacobs argues, Russia needs to act quickly or miss out on the opportunity
Afghanistan's natural resources need investment
10 December 2012
As Kabul offers the oil industry exploration acreage in the north of the country, Richard Devine and Ana Severova* look at the legal and other challenges facing potential investors
Japan's economy in crisis as LNG imports soar
7 December 2012
Japan’s economy is in crisis as the cost of increased liquefied natural gas (LNG) imports – necessary to help power generation companies make up for the loss of nuclear capacity – has pushed the country to its first trade deficit in 31 years
Court abolishes Indonesian energy regulator
26 November 2012
Investments said to be at risk as judges rule BPMigas is unconstitutional
Indonesia weighs up energy conundrum
26 November 2012
The country is struggling to attract investment despite being Southeast Asia's largest oil producer
New measures for China’s energy efficiency drive
15 November 2012
China, the world’s largest energy consumer, wants to cut its fuel import bill and reduce its carbon footprint – and sees new efficiency measures as the way to do it
China tops up its tanks amid escalating import dependence
31 October 2012
China’s escalating dependence on oil imports has spurred the country to pursue an ambitious strategic stockpiling programme that is expected to be a feature of the global oil market throughout this decade
China stockpiling imports masks tepid oil demand
10 July 2012
China’s oil imports continue to surge, but is it sustainable, and what are the long-term impacts?
India has potential to be a major gas importer
24 May 2012
With brand new liquefied natural gas infrastructure and new pipelines opening, India has the potential to be a major gas importer. But the government faces a dilemma which may scupper its gas ambitions. Does it deliver much-needed market reform or does it protect millions of citizens living below the poverty line?
Japan trades on new LNG role fuelled by stronger yen
3 May 2012
Japanese trading houses are reinventing their role in the gas game fuelled by a stronger yen, healthy balance sheets and a new political vigor
China faces uncertain future as cracks appear in economy
16 March 2012
China’s economy is facing strong tests and any sign of weakness will hit bullish projections for its oil-demand growth
Putin return will not rock Russian energy policy
19 October 2011
Vladimir Putin’s inevitable return to the top of Russian politics will not alter the country’s energy policy, deputy energy minister Anatoly Yanovsky told yesterday’s International Energy Agency (IEA) ministerial meeting
Indian fertiliser feeds huge gas-import growth
8 September 2011
Government demands for a switch to natural gas in urea production will further boost Indian demand, but domestic output cannot keep up with soaring consumption
Cambodia in bid to resolve Thai border row
2 September 2011
There is renewed hope that Cambodia and the newly elected Thai government will resume talks to resolve claims to a 27,000 square kilometre resource-rich stretch of seabed in the Gulf of Thailand
Meeting China's surging gas demand
11 March 2011
China is now the world's largest consumer of energy and its rising demand represents the most formidable geopolitical challenge of the foreseeable future
Massive Japanese quake rocks LNG market
11 March 2011
Four nuclear reactors shut; Japan could import 3 to 5 more LNG cargoes a month; spot prices could reach $11/m Btu
BP's alliance with Rosneft a master stroke
27 January 2011
Despite a year of difficulties, BP's latest Russian venture shows the UK supermajor is still playing at the top table
Indonesia cabotage law a threat to investment
27 January 2011
Legislation to ensure vessels operating in Indonesian waters are domestically owned or flagged, has led to a dip in investment interest
Russian gas-market liberalisation crawls ahead
30 September 2010
Gazprom's grip on Russia's gas market is loosening, but liberalisation will be a slow process, writes Tom Nicholls
Russia's petroleum-taxation dilemma
1 September 2010
The petroleum fiscal regime in Russia is ineffective and confusing for investors. Could an economic-rent tax cut the Gordian knot, asks Zaur Muslumov, senior consultant, Palantir Solutions*