Asia-Pacific
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*
China's energy strategy advances in Myanmar
29 July 2010
MYANMAR's (Burma) planned elections later this year are unlikely to lead to an easing of Western economic sanctions. But its energy sector will continue to expand, driven by Asian investment, writes Ian Lewis
Australian super-tax defeated
29 July 2010
THE ROW over a proposed "super-tax" on mining, oil and gas companies has been settled in spectacular style after the ousting of prime minister Kevin Rudd in a modern-day palace coup
China arrives in North America's unconventional gas sector
8 July 2010
CNPC's deal with gas producer EnCana gives it a foothold in Canada's growing shale-gas business and heralds the arrival of China's state-owned oil companies in North America's unconventional-gas sector.
Australia: Tax proposals put CBM timetable in doubt
2 June 2010
A proposed new tax on onshore natural-resources production threatens to increase overall costs for the CBM sector, potentially putting it at a disadvantage compared with offshore conventional gas production
Indian fuel subsidies suffocating refiners
6 April 2010
Indian fuel prices must rise immediately or the country's downstream companies could face bankruptcy. But they probably won't, Yeshi Seli reports from New Delhi
India's shifting gas strategy
6 April 2010
India's gas-sector strategy was based on LNG imports and international pipelines. But big domestic gas discoveries and tough economic conditions have changed that, writes Ian Lewis
Cleaning up China's energy supply
1 December 2009
China's energy economy represents more than just a vast opportunity for the resource industries. The country's need for fuel is set to become one of the biggest geo-strategic issues of our times, writes Conal Walsh
India: the price isn't right
1 April 2009
Low crude prices could have allowed the Indian government to reform its domestic price-fixing regime, but political factors are likely to prevent such a change, reports James Gavin
Woodside urges carbon caution
1 October 2008
Plans to introduce a cap-and-trade scheme for CO2 emissions is facing opposition from energy companies, writes Ian Lewis