Opinion on Natural Resources in Asia-Pacific

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Western oil majors are feeling the pinch from national companies

As recent figures indicate, major Western oil companies such as Royal Dutch Shell, BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, and TOTAL are increasingly losing ground to a new breed of competitors. With many of the most lucrative hydrocarbon reserves situated in emerging nations and jealously guarded by national oil and gas companies, could this signal the end for Western domination of the oil industry?

Published By Datamonitor
31 Jan 2011
CommentWire
CommentWire

Water Disclosure Project launch: managing the energy-water nexus is vital

Backed by 137 institutional investors representing $16 trillion in assets, the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) has launched a new program designed to assess the risks and opportunities associated with the water consumption of the world's 500 largest companies. As 90% of global freshwater is used for food and energy production, utilities need to proactively manage water as a core asset.

Published By Datamonitor
30 Nov 2010
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Expert View

Vietnam's energy industry is luring foreign investment

In the past month, Vietnam has experienced an extraordinary raft of investment in major energy projects. The government has in recent years been very open to foreign capital and has already developed a strong banking sector. Now it is the turn of the energy companies and Vietnam is managing this new market very effectively, both in terms of sustainability and investment.

Published By Datamonitor
09 Nov 2010
CommentWire
CommentWire

Utilities continue to move upstream to secure supplies

Although gas prices have slumped and Europe is facing a supply glut, energy firms remain intent on securing supplies and hedging wholesale price risks by boosting their hydrocarbon reserves. Utilities are continuing their dash for upstream assets as the steep scaling back in oil and gas investments caused by the downturn could potentially lead to supply shortfalls once economic growth recovers.

Published By Datamonitor
07 Dec 2009
CommentWire
CommentWire

US shale gas exposure leaves Reliance well-placed for the forthcoming opportunities in India

Reliance Industries' recent investments in the shale gas sector have positioned it as a key player in the US natural gas industry. The developments will also provide the firm with an opportunity to develop domain-specific technical and operational skills, which would give it a first-mover advantage when its domestic market, India, opens its auctions for shale gas blocks in 2011.

Published By Datamonitor
28 Sep 2010
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CommentWire

US oil: Mexico spill highlights new challenges for oil companies

Having caused one of the worst spills in living memory, BP's ruptured oil well in the Gulf of Mexico has revived the debate over the exploration of US offshore regions. Indeed, the fallout from the incident could affect offshore exploration and production in many other areas of the world. Oil companies must remain proactive and promote industry best practices if they are to weather the storm.

Published By Datamonitor
18 May 2010
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US LNG terminal building boom will lead to massive underuse of capacity

Gas producers without export pipelines are taking advantage of increased natural gas demand in Europe, the US and Asia by shipping gas in liquid form. Demand for LNG is so great that shipments at sea have been diverted from their original destination to take advantage of arbitrage opportunities elsewhere. Nevertheless, new capacity created by a boom in LNG infrastructure builds may be underused.

Published By Datamonitor
31 Aug 2007
CommentWire
CommentWire

Upstream oil: increasing margins likely to boost profitability

Oil company profits suffered considerably in Q4 2008 and Q1 2009 due to the global economic downturn and the associated drop in oil prices from record highs. However, the reduction in upstream costs proved to be a silver lining, and this, combined with the recent recovery in oil prices, is expected to drive healthy profit results this quarter.

Published By Datamonitor
16 Jun 2009
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CommentWire

UK LNG: foreign suppliers are failing to deliver

UK wholesale gas prices have been at a premium to the US market; however, this has failed to encourage LNG shippers, which have diverted tankers away from the UK. Cargo needs, capacity planning and concerns about the security of supply should be raised, given that market fundamentals are not at work. A supply failure, albeit temporary, must be corrected for the market to function efficiently.

Published By Datamonitor
01 Apr 2008
CommentWire
CommentWire

Turkmenistan: emerging as a strong gas partner for the EU

In an attempt to establish itself as an exporter to the EU, Turkmenistan has announced plans to provide some of its 40bcm annual surplus of natural gas to the Nabucco pipeline project. Although this will allow the country to diversify its export markets, it will face numerous challenges to selling its gas to the EU, as it will have to bypass the two major players in the region, Iran and Russia.

Published By Datamonitor
10 Dec 2010

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