Energy Update: July 11, 2018

Energy Update | July 11, 2018
Authors: Riley Smith and Mianmian Fei
 
LOOKING AHEAD
 
 

July 16: ASEAN Presidents' Luncheon Series (Singapore)

August 20-21: 2018 Singapore Business Mission

August 23-24: 2018 Laos Business Mission

September 4-6: Powertrends 2018 (Manila)

October 29-November 2: Singapore International Energy Week (SIEW) 2018

 
THE COUNCIL'S TAKE
 
 

National Grid Corporation of the Philippines Presents Masterplan to Connect Power Grid

The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) has presented its Transmission Development Plan (TDP) 2016-2040, a 25-year, comprehensive masterplan to interconnect the country’s electricity grid, including grids on smaller islands. The TDP is aligned with the Department of Energy's (DOE) Power Development Plan 2016-2040 and aims to establish a unified power transmission network that can meet the country’s projected peak demand for electricity by 2040. NGCP hopes that more reliable electricity transmission via unified national grid will help help boost investments, infrastructure development, and commerce in the Philippines.

A key part of the TDP is the P52 billion (US$971 million) Mindanao-Visayas Interconnection Project (MVIP). MVIP, which was authorized by the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) to start in July 2017 and is expected to finish in December 2020, is part of the larger One Grid 2020 initiative, a project that seeks to connect the grids on the islands of Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. The Luzon and Visayas grids have been linked since 1998 and utilize a high-voltage direct current (HVDC) system with a 440 MW capacity. The MVIP will also use an HVDC system but with a slightly higher initial capacity of 450 MW. MVIP will utilize a combination of 184 circuit-kilometers of submarine cable and 526 circuit-kilometers of overhead wires, to connect Dapitan, Zamboanga del Norte, to Santander, Cebu, using HVDC submarine cable. The project will help to improve the power supply security by facilitating the sharing of reserves across the connected grids, which is one of the reasons why it was the first project to be declared an energy project of national significance by the DOE this past May. However, completion of the project is likely to be accompanied by a slight increase in consumers’ electricity rates, though this increase is only expected to be around P0.03 (0.0006 USD) per kilowatt-hour.

Besides MVIP, the TDP is designed to help identify and mitigate causes of power interruptions and transmission-related outages, as well as extend transmission lines and expand substation capacity. As of March of this year, the NGCP had a total transmission line length of 20,848.54 circuit kilometers and a total substation capacity of 34,177 megavolt-amperes (MVA). NGCP plans to increase its total transmission line length to 35,312 circuit kilometers and its total substation capacity to 88,036 MVA to meet the projected system peak demand of 49,844 MW, according to the latest data from the DOE. The TDP also addresses the transmission planning approach for incorporating renewable energy sources into the grid, particularly wind and solar.

Indonesia's Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources Issues New Regulations on Ore Exports, Mineral and Coal Processing and Refining Activities

On May 3, 2018, the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resource (ESDM) of Indonesia issued ESDM Regulation 25/2018 with the intent of meeting two aims: improving the overall effectiveness, efficiency, and accountability in the mining sector; and promoting development of the mineral and coal industries. Specifically, ESDM Regulation 25/2018 makes changes to regulations governing ore exports, non-state tax revenue derived from processing and refining activities, and regulatory reporting obligations, among others.

For ore exports, ESDM Regulation 25/2018 updates the list of minimum mineral content and rock quantity used to enforce the country’s export ban, adding requirements for nickel sulfide, nickel sulfide hydrate, and nickel oxide. Ore can be exported as long as the necessary export permits are obtained, but in order to get the necessary permits the exporters must show that the product meets a certain level of mineral content or rock quantity. For nickel sulfide and nickel sulfide hydrate, the product must have a minimum nickel content of 20% to be eligible for export, while for nickel oxide the minimum nickel content must be 65%. For minerals or rock products not included in the list, ESDM Regulation 25/2018 states that these products can only be exported after ESDM determines the minimum content levels.

ESDM Regulation 25/2018 also expands the requirement to pay non-state tax revenue to those holding processing and refining licenses in the mining sector. Previously, it was holders of exploration and operation production mining concessions that had to pay several forms of non-state tax revenue. ESDM issued Decree No. 1823 K/30/MEM/2018 (ESDM Decree 1823/2018) specifically to implement this new requirement. Under ESDM Decree 1823/2018, royalties on the relevant processed or refined metal or metal mineral not already paid by the mining concession holder must be paid by the processing and refining license holders.

With the stated aim of increasing accountability and transparency in the construction of processing and refining facilities for mining operations, ESDM Regulation 25/2018 requires exploration license holders to prepare an exploration plan, exploration reports, and feasibility study reports. In order to obtain a production operation license, ESDM must first approve the feasibility study report. After ESDM issues the production operation license, the license holder must refer to the approved feasibility study report when constructing the relevant processing or refining facilities and even procuring and commissioning mining equipment.

Philippine Department of Energy Considering Draft Circular Requiring Unbundling of Costs of Petroleum Products

A draft policy from the Department of Energy (DOE) aimed at increasing price transparency and curbing alleged profiteering has raised concerns among oil and gas industry stakeholders because it would require oil firms to itemize the costs of petroleum products. The draft policy is yet another example of how the Philippine Government is searching for ways in which to tamp down stubbornly high inflation that has bedeviled the Philippine economy since the start of the year. Fuel that would be covered by the draft policy include gasoline, automotive and industrial diesel, kerosene, jet fuel, bunker fuel oil and household and automotive liquefied petroleum gas. As part of the itemization, oil companies would have to show how their costs were computed, taking into account movements in international prices, the biofuels cost, and the operational cost recovery. By law, oil firms must blend 10% ethanol for gasoline and 2% coco methyl ester for biodiesel, hence the need to include the cost of biofuels in the itemization.

If implemented, it would be the first time that the Government has mandated oil companies to release publicly the cost breakdown of their fuel products. The basis for the draft policy lies in the 20-year-old Act Deregulating the Downstream Oil Industry (Republic Act No. 8479, which can be found here), which had mandated that such unbundling of petroleum products’ costs occur. This provision of the act was never enforced because the rules for implementing it had not been finalized. However, a spike in domestic oil prices earlier in the year, a spike that was attributed to a combination of increased excise taxes on fuel under the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) act and record-high global oil prices, prompted the DOE to view the provision as protection against alleged profiteering. Emphasizing the increased transparency that would result from the policy, Secretary of Energy Alfonso Cusi said, “Identification of the costing for the major components of these petroleum products that may affect the pump prices would provide a higher level of transparency for our consumers, particularly the motorists.” In addition to itemizing the costs of producing petroleum products, the draft circular also requires oil companies to release price adjustment notices on a weekly basis.

The draft policy is currently the subject of focus groups with energy industry stakeholders. However, the Philippine Institute of Petroleum (PIP) has already criticized the proposal, saying that it is “inconsistent with the policy of deregulation.” According to the local daily Business Mirror, PIP Executive Director Terry Reyes said, “The position is that there is no need to unbundle. We felt that since all factors on how prices are arrived at are transparent, since these are published and known to everyone, then it would be ‘unnecessary’ for the unbundling.”

 
ADVOCACY UPDATE
 
 

US-ASEAN Business Council Hosts Indonesian Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources for Roundtable with Member Companies

The US-ASEAN Business Council hosted H.E. Ignasius Jonan, Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources of the Republic of Indonesia, for a roundtable with member company representatives on June 26. Minister Jonan was in Washington, DC for the World Gas Conference, for which he was a keynote speaker. Main points from the roundtable include:

  • Regarding the Government of Indonesia's (GOI) initiative to expand the country’s power generation capacity by 35 GW;
    • GOI expects full 35 GW to achieved by 2025.
    • 15-18 GW are underway; GOI expects these power plants to be operational by 2019-20205
  • President Joko Widodo has mandated regulations for electric vehicles (EVs) that will allow them to be sold in Indonesia;
    • These regulations are still being discussed and debated, but GOI would like to implement them as soon as possible;
    • Challenging part is determining importation tariff;
      • Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM) believe import duties for inputs should be minimum (potentially zero) as long as vehicle is manufactured in Indonesia.
  • ESDM has a preference for free competition between EVs and biofuels;
    • U.S. companies interested in learning more about biofuel policies should also talk to Pertamina.
  • GOI pushing for different areas of Indonesia to embrace their own strengths in terms of energy, so energy mix will differ depending on the region;
    • For renewables, main goal is to increase percentage of renewables in national energy mix to 23% by 2025;
    • Aim is to achieve 20% renewables in power sector (up from current 13%) by relying on geothermal and hydropower by 2025;
    • Remaining percentage will be made up in transportation sector through use of biofuels or other means.

US-ASEAN Business Council Holds Roundtable with Government of Singapore Officials on Planned Carbon Tax

On July 2, representatives from Singapore's National Climate Change Secretariat (NCCS), the Ministry of Trade and Industry, the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources, and the Economic Development Board met with the Council and industry representatives to provide clarification on the Government of Singapore's (GOS) intent to impose a carbon tax starting in 2019. The proposed carbon tax was first introduced as part of Singapore Budget 2018. The GOS subsequently introduced a Carbon Pricing Bill (Bill No. 17/2018, available here) in May of this year. GOS hopes that imposing the carbon tax will help it maintain its commitments under the Paris Agreement of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Main points from the roundtable include:

  • Carbon tax will only be levied on large emitters;
    • Currently, only about 40 companies cross the 25 ktCO2e threshold, which contributes to about 80% of Singapore’s total emissions;
    • Most of these companies are in the manufacturing and power sectors.
    • Currently only looking at direct emitters; indirect emitters (such as data centers) would not be covered by this tax;
  • Carbon tax rate will be set at $5/ tCO2e in the first round (from 2019 to 2023);
    • 2019-2023 period to serve as a transition period for companies to adopt energy efficiency projects;
    • Tax rate will be reviewed by 2023;
    • Intention is to increase the rate to between $10/ tCO2e and $15/ tCO2e by 2030.
  • Carbon tax will be based on a fixed price credit-based tax mechanism;
    • GOS starting with a mechanism that is simple to implement, but it remains open to linking our carbon tax framework to external carbon markets in the future;
    • GOS wants to put in place the infrastructure for future linkages to external carbon markets.
  • Impact on manufacturing sector expected to be modest for most companies, but carbon-intensive sub-sectors are likely to be more affected;
    • For most sub-sectors, including SMEs, impact is likely be through increases in electricity prices.

Energy Committee Quarterly Call

On July 3, the Energy Committee held its second Quarterly Call for 2018. During the call Mr. Ali Al-Saffar provided a briefing on energy trends in Southeast Asia. Mr. Al-Saffar is an Energy Analyst at the International Energy Agency's Directorate of Sustainability, Technology and Outlooks and is the lead author of the IEA's Southeast Asia Energy Outlook 2017. Mr. Al-Saffar's official bio can be found here. The slides accompanying Mr. Al-Saffar's briefing can be found here

The remainder of the call was dedicated to reviewing the Council's participation in the ASEAN-IEA Digitalisation and Energy Workshop on June 27 and discussing a potential Energy Industry Mission to Malaysia immediately before the Malaysian Business Mission in October. A PDF version of the call notes can be found here.

If you have any questions about the call or the activities that were discussed, please contact Riley Smith at rsmith@usasean.org.

 
IN THIS UPDATE
 
 
ASEAN
Prospects for Nuclear Power in ASEAN

Brunei
PH, partner countries to boost biomass utilization
ASEAN-USAID fellowship for Bruneian solar scientist

Cambodia
Interview: China plays key role in Cambodia's energy development, says minister
PM announces new scheme for petrol pricing

Indonesia
Indonesia Introduces New Tariff Regime for Renewable Energies
Indonesia launches 1st wind power plant
Green finance to fund Indonesia's new development projects
Incremental Regulatory Changes for the Indonesian Mineral and Coal Mining Industry
Pertamina submits proposal on Rokan block 
Pertamina increases prices of several non-subsidized fuels
Govt. Amends Provisions on Distribution and Retail Sales Pricing for Oil Fuels
Jakabaring solar power plant inaugurated to support Asian Games
Govt. Sets Guidelines for the Implementation of Good Mining Techniques
Legal Fight Over Bali Power Plant Illuminates Indonesia's Energy Dilemma
China's First-Half Coal Imports Surge, Indonesia the Winner: Russell

Laos
Pak Lay Dam to Displace Residents in More Than 20 Villages in Northwestern Laos

Malaysia
Coal to curtail gas demand in Peninsular Malaysia
Malaysia's Petronas buys first ever oil cargo, due in September: sources
Companies to pay more for electricity from July 1
Is the solar energy boom in Malaysia sustainable?
Biomass feeds Malaysia's appetite for renewables
Turf war over Sarawak oil & gas resources may stump new investments
Sarawak gives oil & gas firms until end-March 2019 to obtain licences
Petronas, Sarawak govt case hits snag, uncertainty rises after July 1
Petronas committed to helping Sarawak become major oil industry player
Misif calls on govt to postpone natural gas tariff hike

Myanmar
Ministry plans to stabilise fuel oil price
20 villages in Sagaing District get electricity
Yangon could consume 3,000 MW of electricity by 2021-22
A new deal for oil and gas
Oil and gas responsible for half of Myanmar’s debt
Myanmar looks to boost alternative feedstock to meet rising energy demand
Relaunching Myitsone Hydropower dam could win investor confidence in Myanmar

Philippines
First Philippine peso green bond by IFC raises US$90 million
DOE: LNG terminal considered as ‘energy project of nat’l significance’
PH touted as future LNG market in Asia
NGCP draws up comprehensive grid interconnection masterplan
The Philippines is gearing up for the rise of the EV industry
PAP urges government to retain gas-industry incentives
Oil explorers bat to retain perks under service contract system
Distributed Solar-Storage is Going Great Guns in the Philippines
Government eyeing Malampaya gas field takeover after contract expires in 2024
DOE’s push for unbundling fuel product pricing meets resistance from oil players
Palace orders 4 ERC execs suspended again

Singapore
HDB eyes AI-powered energy system in Tengah
HDB eyes development of floating solar panels for open sea
Despite more charging points, obstacles abound to keep electric car sales from moving into fast lane
PUB aims to double water supply by 2060 without using more energy or producing more waste
Going green: HDB closer to 2020 solar power target as it awards tender to Sembcorp
500 car chargers planned for Singapore 
Singapore's concerted efforts to reduce emissions
Singapore: Landing of Bunker Samples Delayed After Customs Policy Change

Thailand
Power plan makeover to encourage small traders
Thailand demands compensation over US solar tariffs - WTO
Renewable energy should be focus of new power plan: expert
B.Grimm and Xuan Cau to develop Southeast Asia’s largest solar project
Bt11.37 Billion Set Aside to Subsidies Power Prices

Vietnam
Vietnam plans to extend FiT scheme for solar power projects in Ninh Thuan Province until the end of 2020
Developing a domestic wind turbine industry – which way for Vietnam?
Heat wave sends power consumption to record high in northern Vietnam
Vietnam’s Da Nang lights up with solar power
Vietnam promotes programme on electrical energy efficiency and conservation
Unlocking Soc Trang’s renewable energy potential
World gathers in Vietnam to tackle climate change challenges
Vietnam’s renewable energy yet to get wind in its sails
New hydro power plants
Thousands of biogas plants built thanks to ADB-funded projec
 
ARTICLE CLIPS
 
 
ASEAN

Prospects for Nuclear Power in ASEAN The Diplomat 28th Jun 2018
Last April, the ASEAN Center for Energy (ACE) published a “Pre-Feasibility Study on the Establishment of Nuclear Power Plant in ASEAN”, which may be the first official report produced by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in recent years to provide a comprehensive account of the state of play of civilian nuclear power development in the region in the mid- to long-term period.

Brunei

PH, partner countries to boost biomass utilization Philippine Information Agency 5th Jul 2018
The Department of Energy (DOE) hosted on Tuesday (3 July), an international conference and capacity building workshop on biomass, as part of the overall strategy for sustainable energy development in Southeast Asia. The workshop was conducted under the auspices of the Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA), which is part of the 6th Power and Energy Infrastructure Cluster (PEIC) Meeting. This activity underscores the importance of biomass and biofuels as abundant indigenous resources in the region for power supply and rural electrification.

ASEAN-USAID fellowship for Bruneian solar scientist Borneo Bulletin 1st Jul 2018
A Bruneian scientist whose research focusses on sustainable energy has been selected for the prestigious 2018-2019 ASEAN Science and Technology (S&T) Fellowship.

Cambodia

Interview: China plays key role in Cambodia's energy development, says minister Xinhua 27th Jun 2018
China has played a major role in the development of Cambodia's energy sector through investing in energy generation and distribution grid as well as providing capacity building for government officials, Cambodian Minister of Mines and Energy Suy Sem said. "Moreover, Chinese investment companies have strong financial capability and adequate experiences to allow Cambodia to build a strong bilateral cooperation with them during the implementation of major projects in accordance with the Master Plan for the Energy Sector Development in Cambodia," he said in an interview with Xinhua.

PM announces new scheme for petrol pricing Phnom Penh Post 25th Jun 2018
Responding to rising oil prices in the Kingdom, Prime Minister Hun Sen on Friday announced measures to cut petrol taxes by around $30 million per year. Noting that the government’s $82.8 million in oil subsidies over the last five months wasn’t enough to slow rising prices, the prime minister said, “the measures [subsidies] are not enough yet, so we need to take new measures”. He said the two measures are that the government will change the tax base calculation to match the international market, and lower special tax rates for regular gasoline, diesel and kerosene.

Indonesia

Indonesia Introduces New Tariff Regime for Renewable Energies Lexology 3rd Jul 2018
The Indonesian government has introduced a new tariff regime for renewable energies. The new regime gives the Indonesian state power company, PT Perusahaan Listrik Negara (“PLN”), greater control over tariffs in the sector through business-to-business negotiations and benchmarking against the applicable Electricity Generation Basic Cost (Biaya Pokok Penyediaan Pembangkitan or “BPP”). The new tariff regime is elaborated in Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources (“MEMR”) Regulation No. 50 of 2017 regarding Utilization of Renewable Energy for Power Supply (“MEMR Reg. 50/2017”). This regulation came into force on August 8, 2017, and revokes MEMR Regulation No. 12 of 2017, as amended by MEMR Regulation No. 43 of 2017. MEMR Reg. 50/2017 provides a new mechanism to determine the tariff for electricity generated by renewable energy power plants and purchased by PLN from Independent Power Producers (“IPPs”). The tariff is now determined by benchmarking against the applicable BPP in the area where the power is generated or through negotiations between PLN and the IPP. The renewables covered by MEMR Reg. 50/2017 are solar, wind, hydro, biomass, biogas, waste, geothermal and ocean energy.

Indonesia launches 1st wind power plant Xinhua 2nd Jul 2018
Indonesia on Monday launched its first wind power plant in central parts of the country, aiming at more eco-friendly energy use. Indonesian President Joko Widodo inaugurated the 75-megawatt wind turbines in Sidrap regency of South Sulawesi province, a statement from the presidential office said. The wind turbine farm has 30 windmills with 80-meter high towers and 57-meter long propeller blades that each generates a 2.5 MW turbine.

Green finance to fund Indonesia's new development projects Eco-Business 26th Jun 2018
Indonesia, one of the world’s biggest greenhouse gas emitters, is turning to green finance markets to fund new development projects it promises will be both environmentally and socially friendly. In February, the Indonesian government raked in $1.25 billion from issuing a “green” Islamic-compliant bond, or sukuk, hailed as the first sovereign green sukuk in the world. (The first corporate green sukuk was issued by a Malaysian company in July last year.) The funds raised will go to finance government projects that are both environmentally friendly and compliant with Islamic financing laws.

Incremental Regulatory Changes for the Indonesian Mineral and Coal Mining Industry Lexology 21st Jun 2018
The key changes introduced by MEMR Regulation 25/2018 are as follows: Ore exports: For several years, the Indonesian ore export ban has been implemented by only allowing products which achieve a certain mineral content or rock quantity to be exported outside of Indonesia (by obtaining the necessary export permits). MEMR Regulation 25/2018 updates the list of minimum mineral content and rock quantity applicable to such exports. New products on this list include nickel sulphide nickel and nickel sulphide hydrate with nickel content of 20% or higher and nickel oxide with nickel content of 65% or higher. Importantly, MEMR Regulation 25/2018 also clarifies that any mineral or rock products which are not expressly regulated by this list can only be exported after MEMR determines the minimum content of such products.

Pertamina submits proposal on Rokan block  The Jakarta Post 5th Jul 2018
State-owned energy giant Pertamina submitted on Wednesday its proposal to operate Rokan block, one of the country’s most productive oil blocks, sending a message to the existing operator, US oil and gas giant Chevron Corporation, that it is ready to compete.

Pertamina increases prices of several non-subsidized fuels Antara News 3rd Jul 2018
State-owned oil and gas company PT Pertamina has increased the prices of several non-subsidized fuels since Sunday namely the Pertamax and Pertamax Turbo gasoline brands.

Govt. Amends Provisions on Distribution and Retail Sales Pricing for Oil Fuels Hukum Online 3rd Jul 2018
With the overall objective of improving the availability and distribution of oil fuel across Indonesia, the government has issued Regulation of the President No. 43 of 2018 (“Amendment”), which amends Regulation of the President No. 191 of 2014 on Availability, Distribution and Retail Sales Pricing for Oil Fuels (“Regulation 191/2014”).

Jakabaring solar power plant inaugurated to support Asian Games The Jakarta Post 2nd Jul 2018
South Sumatra Governor Alex Noerdin inaugurated a 2-megawatt (MW) solar photovoltaic power plant at Jakabaring Sport City in the provincial capital of Palembang on Saturday as part of preparations for the 2018 Asian Games, which will take place from Aug. 18 to Sept. 2.

Govt. Sets Guidelines for the Implementation of Good Mining Techniques Hukum Online 27th Jun 2018
In a bid to provide proper guidance relating to good mining techniques, as well as to implement Regulation of the Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources (“Minister”) No. 26 of 2018 on the Implementation of Good Mining Principles and the Supervision of Minerals and Coal Mining,[1] the Minister has issued Decree No. 1827 K/30/MEM/2018 on Guidelines for the Implementation of Good Mining Techniques (“Decree 1827/2018”).

Legal Fight Over Bali Power Plant Illuminates Indonesia's Energy Dilemma Jakarta Globe 27th Jun 2018
Bali residents are fighting a legal battle to stop the planned expansion of the Celukan Bawang power plant in Singaraja, which began operating in 2015.

China's First-Half Coal Imports Surge, Indonesia the Winner: Russell Jakarta Globe 26th Jun 2018
China's seaborne coal imports are on track to have surged by around 14 percent in the first half of the year, with Indonesia emerging as the big winner among exporters.

Laos

Pak Lay Dam to Displace Residents in More Than 20 Villages in Northwestern Laos Radio Free Asia 21st Jun 2018
At least 1,000 families from 20-some villages in northwestern Laos’ Xayaburi province will be forced to relocate if infrastructure officials move ahead with plans to build a fourth hydropower dam on the Lower Mekong River, a provincial official said Monday. The Pak Lay hydropower project is located downstream of the Xayaburi dam, which is now in the final stages of completion. It will be built approximately 100 kilometers (62 miles) from the Thai border. Daovong Phonekeo, director of policy and energy planning at the Ministry of Energy and Mines, told RFA on June 15 that officials have not yet started the process of consultation prior to construction of the Pak Lay dam. The 1995 Mekong Agreement — signed by the governments of Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam — requires the countries to follow procedures for notification and prior consultation for hydropower dam projects on the Mekong River, such as conducting transboundary impact assessments and holding discussions among member countries.

Malaysia

Coal to curtail gas demand in Peninsular Malaysia Interfax Global Energy 3rd Jul 2018
Peninsular Malaysia’s gas and LNG demand will remain limited over the next five years as competition from coal will reduce the share of gas in the power mix from the current 39% to 27% in 2020, Wood Mackenzie said on Tuesday.

Malaysia's Petronas buys first ever oil cargo, due in September: sources Reuters 3rd Jul 2018
Malaysia’s state energy company Petronas has bought its first ever U.S. oil cargo of 1 million barrels of Mars crude, expected to arrive at its Malacca refinery in September, two sources with knowledge of the matter said on Tuesday. One of the two crude distillation units at the Malacca refinery will process the U.S. sour crude that will replace oil from the Middle East, one of the sources said.

Companies to pay more for electricity from July 1 The Star Online 29th Jun 2018
KUALA LUMPUR: Companies will have to pay more for their power supply from July 1 to December 2018 following the implementation of a surcharge of 1.35 sen per kWh due to higher fuel and generation costs. Tenaga Nasional Bhd said on Friday that households would be not affected by the surcharge under the imbalance cost pass-through (ICPT) mechanism.

Is the solar energy boom in Malaysia sustainable? Asian Power 29th Jun 2018
More auctions are needed to sustain growth, analysts say. Analysts from BMI Research believe that whilst the sector’s short-term prospects remain sunny, more government auctions are needed to sustain the industry’s growth. For instance, the country’s second competitive bidding round for large-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) projects was significantly oversubscribed. The target aggregate capacity for the February 2017 auction was 460 MW; however, it received over 1.6GW of submissions. This later culminated in a total of 563MW of capacity being awarded in December 2017.

Biomass feeds Malaysia's appetite for renewables Asian Power 29th Jun 2018
More joint ventures with multinationals are on the cards. Analysts forecast that Malaysia will take good advantage of waste and by-products from its substantial agricultural and forestry industry to generate biomass-fired power over the coming years. According to a report by BMI Research, the Malaysian government will likely tap into rice, sugar, and palm oil production, as well as into forestry activities and municipal waste as a source of feedstock for the biomass sector.

Turf war over Sarawak oil & gas resources may stump new investments The Sun Daily 8th Jul 2018
PETALING JAYA: Industry players believe that the turf war of sorts between Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas) and the Sarawak state government is likely to affect new investments into the state's oil and gas sector more than existing players in the market.

Sarawak gives oil & gas firms until end-March 2019 to obtain licences The Sun Daily 1st Jul 2018
PETALING JAYA: The Sarawak State government said today oil and gas players operating in the state could go about their business as usual until the end of 2019, as it gathers "the necessary information from all industry players, as well as more detailed and comprehensive engagement with them".

Petronas, Sarawak govt case hits snag, uncertainty rises after July 1 NST Online 23rd Jun 2018
KUALA LUMPUR: The court case between national oil company Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas) and the Sarawak government, which could not proceed further on technical grounds, raises questions about oil and gas operations in the state beginning next month.

Petronas committed to helping Sarawak become major oil industry player The Sun Daily 21st Jun 2018
KUALA LUMPUR: Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas) is committed to supporting Sarawak's aspiration to become a major player in the petroleum industry and has so far invested RM183 billion in the upstream sector in the state alone via production sharing contracts (PSCs).

Misif calls on govt to postpone natural gas tariff hike BorneoPost Online 20th Jun 2018
KUCHING: The Malaysian Iron and Steel Industry Federation (Misif) called on the government to reconsider raising the effective average natural gas base tariff rate, which it says renders the Malaysian iron and steel industry “uncompetitive in the international market.

Myanmar

Ministry plans to stabilise fuel oil price Eleven Myanmar 1st Jul 2018
In an attempt to control rising fuel oil prices, eight State-owned fuel filling stations will directly sell fuel at a fair price as of July 1, according to the Ministry of Electricity and Energy.

20 villages in Sagaing District get electricity Eleven Myanmar 30th Jun 2018
Under the National Electrification Plan, developed with the World Bank’s loan, Ministry of Electricity and Energy plans to electrify 20 villages in Sagaing District.

Yangon could consume 3,000 MW of electricity by 2021-22 The Myanmar Times 25th Jun 2018
Yangon Region is expected to require 3,000MW of electricity by 2021-22, Daw Su Hlaing Wint, assistant manager of the Yangon Electricity Supply Corporation (YESC) said at the Electricity and Energy Expo in Yangon on June 22. That’s the amount of electricity currently being generated across Myanmar, of which Yangon now consumes just over half at 1,548MW.  In other words, Yangon will require the equivalent amount of power now being consumed by the whole country by 2021-22, representing an increase of up to 15pc per year over the next four years, Daw Su Hlaing Wint said. To meet that demand, some K1 billion worth of infrastructure, including substations and transmission lines, will be needed for each additional MW of electricity generated.

A new deal for oil and gas Frontier Myanmar 18th Jun 2018
THE GOVERNMENT is reviewing the structure of its contracts with energy companies amid warnings that the present fiscal terms are deterring investment, particularly in riskier or marginal projects. Myanmar’s high-taxing fiscal regime and low global energy prices are clearly having an impact on the sector, with energy companies having relinquished almost half of the offshore blocks awarded in a 2014 bidding round.

Oil and gas responsible for half of Myanmar’s debt The Myanmar Times 3rd Jul 2018
“The contribution of revenue by Myanma OIl and Gas Enterprise (MOGE) to the State is the highest at 47.5 percent. But it is also responsible for half the country’s debt. Myanmar has taken loans for many offshore projects such as pipeline construction, mostly from China,” she said. Myanmar currently owes China $850 million for the South East Asia Crude Oil Pipeline project, $ 560 million for the South East Asia Gas Pipeline and Shwe Offshore Development projects, $ 243 million for the Yadana-Yangon domestic pipeline project and $ 80 million for an onshore oil exploration project, according to debt list.

Myanmar looks to boost alternative feedstock to meet rising energy demand BorneoPost Online 30th Jun 2018
Increased investment in import and distribution capacity should help Myanmar satisfy its growing appetite for liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), with the government looking to encourage usage of the fuel as part of plans to direct electricity towards industry.

Relaunching Myitsone Hydropower dam could win investor confidence in Myanmar - Global Times Global Times 19th Jun 2018
Myanmar President U Win Myint on Thursday started a visit to Thailand, where he will attend the 8th Ayeyawady-Chao Phyra Mekong Economic Cooperation Strategy (ACMECS) Summit. The summit is intended to promote regional economic integration by narrowing the development gaps among the five member countries - Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam.

Philippines

First Philippine peso green bond by IFC raises US$90 million Eco-Business 4th Jul 2018
The Philippines’ renewable energy sector has received a boost in funding after the International Finance Corporation (IFC) issued its first peso-denominated green bond, worth up to US$90 million, last week. Called a “Mabuhay bond” after the Filipino greeting, the proceeds of the 15-year bond will be used to mobilise climate finance, said the IFC, which is the private development arm of the World Bank Group.  IFC country manager for the Philippines, Yuan Xu, said the new bond shows the organisation’s commitment to support the Philippines’ efforts to address climate change. “Deepening domestic capital market is critical for the long-term sustainability of the country’s economy,” she said in a statement, highlighting the importance of growing green bonds as an asset class in emerging economies which are more prone to climate risks.

DOE: LNG terminal considered as ‘energy project of nat’l significance’ Manila Bulletin Business 2nd Jul 2018
The Department of Energy (DOE) has indicated that investment in the targeted liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal for the country will be a prime candidate for certification as energy project of national significance (EPNS), a mandate under Executive Order No. 30 that was issued by Malacanang last year. According to Energy Undersecretary Jesus Cristino P. Posadas, who is also the chair of the Energy Investment Coordinating Council (EICC), the LNG terminal “will certainly be considered for EPNS certification.” The EICC is the inter-agency body chaired by the DOE that has been mandated by Presidential edict to evaluate and approve energy projects of national significance.

PH touted as future LNG market in Asia Manila Bulletin Business 30th Jun 2018
The Philippines is now surfacing on the radar of the global gas industry as among the markets in Asia that will soon join the league of liquefied natural gas (LNG) importers. At the 2018 World Gas Conference, Leslie Palti-Guzman, president of consultancy firm Gas Vista noted that in the diversification of players in the LNG sector, newcomers will mostly feature Southeast Asian markets such as the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand. Of the identified markets, it is the Philippines that has yet to concretize investments on planned LNG import facility with targeted 5.0 million metric tons per annum (mtpa) capacity – while Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand already have their respective LNG import terminals.

NGCP draws up comprehensive grid interconnection masterplan philstar.com 29th Jun 2018
The National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) has laid down a masterplan to interconnect the whole grid, including smaller island grids, to address the country’s growing power demand. Under the Transmission Development Plan (TDP) 2016-2040, NGCP has strategically laid out the plans for the further expansion of the Philippine power grid.  It also details the electricity transmission projects that have been proposed and scheduled for implementation for the next 25 years. As the system operator, it also oversees grid security and reliability, power quality, and power dispatching and scheduling. The TDP also addresses the transmission planning approach for the renewable energy sector, particularly wind and solar, which have corresponding action plans to fully support the development and integration of renewable energy into the country’s power grid.

The Philippines is gearing up for the rise of the EV industry Power Philippines 28th Jun 2018
The Philippines is gearing up for the rise of the EV industry The motor industry is opening its doors to electric vehicles (EVs) as more oil companies slowly adapt to its needs. In a recent Frost and Sullivan regional survey, 46percent of Filipinos are considering an electric vehicle as their next new automobile. In January, the Department of Energy (DOE) rolled out 500 electric jeepneys to the public as their contribution to the modernization of the transport system.

PAP urges government to retain gas-industry incentives BusinessMirror 20th Jun 2018
THE Petroleum Association of the Philippines (PAP) strongly urged the Duterte administration not to remove incentives for the upstream petroleum industry, especially due to the difficulty of discovering new reserves. “Considering the importance and urgency of finding indigenous petroleum, and given the current lack of active exploration activities due to apparent policy instability, this is certainly not the time to remove the incentives,” said PAP Chairman Rufino Bomasang in his speech during the British Chamber of Commerce Joint Economic Forum. In the last four to five years, he said petroleum exploration in the country has stopped with no major foreign oil and gas company coming in, mainly on perceived instability of government policies—the Commission on Audit (COA) ruling on the Malampaya project’s income tax, the Supreme Court ruling on the validity of service contracts and the proposed Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion Package  Two, which seeks to remove most of the incentives under PD 87.

Oil explorers bat to retain perks under service contract system BusinessWorld 19th Jun 2018
The petroleum exploration industry needs to retain incentives that the tax reform law may seek to eliminate in order to encourage risk taking, and added that removing these perks will stifle investment. “Nobody is investing now, nobody is exploring now, nobody is looking for the next Malampaya and if you ask them, it’s all because of the instability of government policies,” said Rufino B. Bomasang, chairman of the Philippine Petroleum Association, in an interview on Tuesday. “No one is interested. Foreign companies are not coming in,” he added.

Distributed Solar-Storage is Going Great Guns in the Philippines Solar Magazine 19th Jun 2018
Investment in and deployment of distributed solar photovoltaic (PV) energy-battery energy storage systems is soaring in the Philippines amid efforts to electrify the countryside, eradicate poverty, boost grass-roots socioeconomic development and realize the nation’s climate change and sustainable development goals. Among those leading the charge is Solar Philippines, the nation’s first vertically integrated solar energy enterprise. Having recently completed the largest solar PV-battery energy storage microgrid project in Southeast Asia, Solar Philippines expects to flip the switch and turn on 24×7, solar PV-battery energy storage microgrids in the towns of Calayan, Cagayan and Claveria, Masbate this month.

Government eyeing Malampaya gas field takeover after contract expires in 2024 BusinessMirror 18th Jun 2018
The government, through the Philippine National Oil Co.–Exploration Corp. (PNOC-EC), is seriously considering the possibility of taking over the Malampaya Deep Water Gas to Power project when the contract of the Malampaya consortium expires in 2024. DOE Assistant Secretary Leonido Pulido said PNOC-EC is undertaking a study that will determine if it can continue to operate the gas facility located northwest of Palawan, with plans to conduct exploration activities near the gas field.

DOE’s push for unbundling fuel product pricing meets resistance from oil players BusinessMirror 15th Jun 2018
A proposed policy that would mandate oil firms to unbundle, or itemize, the costs of petro fuel—from the pump to the consumers —just doesn’t sit well for oil firms, who argue that such proposal is no longer necessary in a deregulated market. The draft policy enables the unbundling of the base prices of petroleum products, namely, gasoline, automotive and industrial diesel, kerosene, jet fuel, bunker fuel oil and household and automotive liquefied petroleum gas. This is the first time that the government, through Department of Energy (DOE), will require oil companies to make public the breakdown of the costs that go into the pricing of fuel. Energy Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi ordered the unbundling of prices of petroleum products recently, and the DOE said the corresponding department circular is now the subject of focus group discussions with the stakeholders. The DOE’s move to finalize the rules implementing, for the first time, a mandate of the oil deregulation law enacted 20 years ago, came just as concern was rising that there might be an element of profiteering in the spike in local oil prices. The spike was blamed initially on the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law that imposed higher fuel excise taxes, but was later explained as a result as well of rising global prices. Thus, the transparency promised by unbundling was seen in some quarters as a timely move by the DOE to precisely eliminate the profiteering angle.

Palace orders 4 ERC execs suspended again BusinessMirror 9th Jul 2018
EFFECTIVE on Monday (July 9), four commissioners of the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) are suspended from work, leaving operations of the agency in severe paralysis. This time,  the issue behind the suspension—the second within a year—arose from charges filed by a watchdog accusing the ERC officials of gross neglect of duty in supposedly tolerating an anomaly by distribution utility Manila Electric Co. (Meralco)  in the handling of billions of bill deposits, thus leading to consumers allegedly losing P34.84 billion. The ERC received on Friday night a memorandum from Executive Secretary Salvador C. Medialdea ordering ERC Chairman Agnes VST Devanadera to implement the decision of the Office of the Ombudsman to suspend Alfredo Non, Gloria Yap-Taruc, Josefina Asirit  and Geronimo Sta. Ana for three months without pay for “neglect of duty.”

Singapore

HDB eyes AI-powered energy system in Tengah Singapore Business Review 11th Jul 2018
A study will be conducted in the town for a year starting July. The Housing & Development Board (HDB) inked a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with SP Group to study the potential of developing Tengah into a first-of-its-kind Smart Energy Town. According to an announcement, the project involves developing and test-bedding a centralised energy software system, akin to a ‘brain’ that will collect, process, analyse, and learn data on energy consumption at the town, neighbourhood, and apartment-levels. The study, which will enable a more efficient and sustainable model of energy management, will be conducted over a one-year period from July 2018.

HDB eyes development of floating solar panels for open sea Singapore Business Review 9th Jul 2018
It wants to expand on its floating modular system launched in Punggol Waterway in 2011. The Housing & Development Board (HDB) is studying the use of its floating modular system to hold solar panels in open sea conditions, after implementing its invention in Punggol Waterway in 2011 for a floating wetland system. According to an announcement, the modular system has since been deployed for a floating solar system in Tengeh Reservoir in Tuas in May this year. HDB will be signing a research collaboration agreement with ISO Landscape at the upcoming World Cities Summit in July 2018 to cover the development of a Floating Solar System for coastal marine conditions, that can address harsher environmental conditions such as stronger winds and wave action.

Despite more charging points, obstacles abound to keep electric car sales from moving into fast lane TODAYonline 5th Jul 2018
The number of people who own electric vehicles (EVs) — including plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEVs) — jumped last year from 137 to 520. However, these vehicles still form a tiny proportion of automobiles on the road, making up just a mere 0.09 per cent of the 574,443 passenger cars in Singapore. So far, the take-up of EVs here has been slow, considering how the early models of electric cars such as the i-MiEV from Mitsubishi were first introduced as early as 2011. Drivers who are hesitant to buy electric cars said that they have concerns over the lifespan and warranty of the car battery and the availability of charging stations. Electric vehicles also cost about 20 to 30 per cent more on average than the ones running on petrol.

PUB aims to double water supply by 2060 without using more energy or producing more waste TODAYonline 4th Jul 2018
National water agency PUB has set a target to meet future demand by doubling the amount of clean water it produces today by 2060 without using more energy. That is one of several long-term goals that the PUB committed to on Wednesday (July 4), as it soldiers on with research and development (R&D) efforts to increase water resources for the future and improve water treatment efficiency. Through new technologies, it aims to reduce the energy used in desalination by more than two-thirds, increase the amount of NEWater recovered from used water to 90 per cent at low energy levels, and produce as much energy as it uses in treating used water.

Going green: HDB closer to 2020 solar power target as it awards tender to Sembcorp TODAYonline 25th Jun 2018
More Housing and Development Board (HDB) flats will be solar powered as the agency ramps up efforts to reduce Singapore’s carbon emissions and move closer to its target of having solar panels installed in 5,500 blocks by 2020. The HDB has awarded its third solar leasing contract to Sembcorp Solar Singapore – subsidiary of industrial conglomerate Sembcorp Industries – and its appointed engineering, procurement and construction player, Kurihara Kogyo Co. The project will see the company installing solar photovoltaic panels on the rooftops of 848 HDB blocks in West Coast and Choa Chu Kang, and 27 government sites by the second quarter of 2020, said the HDB in a press release on Sunday (June 24).

500 car chargers planned for Singapore  Asean Economist 19th Jun 2018
Singaporean energy provider SP Group has announced plans to open 500 electric vehicle (EV) charging points by 2020, filling a “critical gap in scaling up EV adoption”. Singapore’s attitude to EVs was in the news this month after Tesla CEO Elon Musk criticised the city-state’s lack of infrastructure. SP Group said that its network would be the largest that is fully accessible to the public and include more than 100 fast-charging points, which use direct current. A 50-kilowatt DC cable can fully charge a vehicle in around 30 minutes. SP Group said Singapore currently had around five DC chargers. Alternating current offers lower power at about 7.4kW and takes about 3-4 hours to charge. 

Singapore's concerted efforts to reduce emissions The Straits Times 18th Jun 2018
We thank Mr Alan Kiat-Leng Lee for his views on Singapore's climate change efforts (Go further in push to develop clean energy; June 7). Reducing vehicular emissions and increasing renewable energy deployment are critical to helping us achieve our climate change pledge under the Paris Agreement. To reduce vehicular emissions, we take a multi-pronged approach by promoting green mobility options such as public transport, walking and cycling; managing the growth and use of private vehicles; and encouraging fuel and carbon efficiency.

Singapore: Landing of Bunker Samples Delayed After Customs Policy Change Ship & Bunker 26th Jun 2018
Bunker samples were prevented from entering Singapore at the weekend after brief change of policy by Customs, the International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) has reported. "Customs decided to treat samples from bunker deliveries as "commercial goods" for import, which prevented bunker surveyors from bringing samples ashore at the Marina South Pier (MSP) and West Coast Pier (WCP)," IBIA said.

Thailand

Power plan makeover to encourage small traders Bangkok Post 5th Jul 2018
The revised national power development plan (PDP) is set to add energy blockchain technology to the master plan to allow very small power producers (VSPPs) to serve as peer-to-peer electricity traders, says the Energy Ministry. The PDP draft is scheduled to be finished by September, which will create a blueprint for Thailand's energy outlook for the next two decades. The master plan can be revised any year, depending on economic sentiment. Minister Siri Jirapongphan said the revised PDP will open the energy sector up to new disruptive technologies that can enhance efficiency and secure the power generation system.

Thailand demands compensation over US solar tariffs - WTO PV Tech 25th Jun 2018
Thailand has filed a complaint with the World Trade Organisation (WTO) requesting consultations with the US over its 30% solar import tariffs and discussions over trade compensation, according to a WTO filing dated 21 June. In the note, Thailand said it does not believe the measures taken by the US are consistent with its obligations under the relevant provisions of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade 1994 (GATT 1994) and the Safeguards Agreement.

Renewable energy should be focus of new power plan: expert The Nation 24th Jun 2018
EXPERTS ARE urging Thai authorities to change their mindset about power development and to be more in step with global trends by prioritising renewable energy. Adopting a new approach would solve current problems, such as the current excessive electricity reserve margin and greenhouse gas emissions from the reliance on fossil-fuel energy. Adopting a new approach would solve current problems, such as the current excessive electricity reserve margin and greenhouse gas emissions from the reliance on fossil-fuel energy. The country’s latest Power Development Plan (PDP) is now being drafted and should be finalised within September. Experts and some citizens have said the power reserve margin is now too high and has led to increased household and business power bills.

B.Grimm and Xuan Cau to develop Southeast Asia’s largest solar project PV Tech 19th Jun 2018
Thailand’s B.Grimm Power has signed a cooperation agreement with Vietnam’s Xuan Cau to develop the largest solar PV project in Southeast Asia, standing at 420MW capacity in Tay Ninh, southwest Vietnam. The project is scheduled to be commissioned in June next year.

Bt11.37 Billion Set Aside to Subsidies Power Prices The Nation 5th Jul 2018
Veeraphol Chirapraditkul, an ERC spokesman and member, said that of the ERC’s retained fund of Bt11.36 billion, about Bt8.475 billion is expected to be used to manage electricity costs from January to April and the remainder will be held over for the next period. “The ERC has not yet assessed the outlook for electricity cost throughout 2019. This will be reviewed period by period,” Veeraphol said.

Vietnam

Vietnam plans to extend FiT scheme for solar power projects in Ninh Thuan Province until the end of 2020 Lexology 6th Jul 2018
With the overarching goal to promote Ninh Thuan, a province in the South Central Coast region of Vietnam, into becoming a key center of clean energy in Vietnam, the Government of Vietnam has recently agreed to extend the implementation period of the Feed-in-Tariff (FiT) scheme for solar power projects in Ninh Thuan Province for an additional one and a half year (i.e. from the current deadline by 30 June 2019 under Decision No. 11 to the end of 2020).

Developing a domestic wind turbine industry – which way for Vietnam? VietNamNet 5th Jul 2018
Although many wind power projects have been registered in Vietnam, only four plants with total capacity of 160 MW have become operational.  According to investors, the problem is the low electricity price, which leads to financial difficulties. However, if raising the electricity price at which Electricity of Vietnam (EVN) buys from wind power generators, this will increase pressure on retail electricity prices.

Heat wave sends power consumption to record high in northern Vietnam VnExpress International 4th Jul 2018
The ongoing heat wave that has enveloped north and central Vietnam has pushed electricity consumption in the north to record high, according to Vietnam Electricity (EVN). The national power utility said that on Monday, electricity consumption in the north reached a record-breaking 345 million kWh, an increase of 6 million kWh over the high on June 22 this year. This figure is also 12 percent higher than the country’s peak electricity consumption day last year. In Hanoi, too, power consumption soared to a record high of 79.3 million kWh on Monday.

Vietnam’s Da Nang lights up with solar power Inquirer 1st Jul 2018
In an effort to become a ‘green’ city by 2025, Da Nang has cut 12,000 tons of carbon emissions by introducing environmentally-friendly electric cars and household solar-powered water heaters. Pham Ngoc Cong covered the 12-square-meter roof of his story home with solar panels to generate power for his family’s daily needs. The renewable energy system has helped Cong cut his household’s electric consumption by 30 percent each month, while cooling the penthouse during the scorching heat of summer. The grid-tie solar power system produces 12 kilowatts per hour, supplying enough power for all electrical equipment including high consumption air conditioners and refrigerators, while solar-powered water heaters provide 24-hour hot water for family use.

Vietnam promotes programme on electrical energy efficiency and conservation Nhan Dan 27th Jun 2018
According to the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MIT), the implementation of the national programme on electrical energy efficiency has achieved the target of 3.4% and 5.65% of total energy consumption conservation during the 2006-2015 period and 2011-2015 period, equivalent to about 4.5 million tonnes and 11.261 million tonnes of oil (TOE), respectively. Based on this success, the MIT has developed the 2019-2030 programme with a goal of saving 8 to 10% of the total nationwide energy consumption, equivalent to 50 to 60 million TOE.

Unlocking Soc Trang’s renewable energy potential News VietNamNet 25th Jun 2018
Endowed with a coastline of 72 kilometres, the Mekong Delta province of Soc Trang is not only suitable for developing the mining industry, aquaculture, logistics, and tourism, but also has great potential for industrial-scale wind power generation.

World gathers in Vietnam to tackle climate change challenges ET Energyworld 24th Jun 2018
World leaders and officials from over 100 nations, including India, top heads of UN agencies and multilateral financial institutions, scientists and activists gathered in this Vietnamese city on Sunday for the Global Environment Facility's (GEF) Assembly to tackle global climate change challenges.

Vietnam’s renewable energy yet to get wind in its sails VnExpress International 18th Jun 2018
Vietnam is far away from realizing its short and medium term wind power goals, with no ready solution in sight to several impediments, experts say. They said at a recent conference on wind energy development in Vietnam that high interest rates, low selling prices and inadequate power purchase agreements from the investors’ point of view were major stumbling blocks to realizing set targets. Vietnam plans to produce 800 megawatts of wind energy by 2020 and 6,000 megawatts by 2030. However, the country has just 7 functioning wind energy projects with a total capacity of 190 megawatts, noted Nguyen Van Thanh from the Ministry of Industry and Trade.

New hydro power plants vietnamnews.vn 2nd Jul 2018
The Power Construction No1 Joint Stock Company inaugurated two hydro power plants – Bảo Lâm 3 and Bảo Lâm 3A – in the northern province of Cao Bằng on Saturday. The two plants, located in the province’s Bảo Lâm District, are designed to generate 225.6 million KW per hour. They are expected to help ensure national energy security, provide water for farming during the dry season and boost economic development in the two districts of Bảo Lâm and Bắc Mê.

Thousands of biogas plants built thanks to ADB-funded project VOV 25th Jun 2018
The Low Carbon Agricultural Support Project (LCASP) has been carried out by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in ten provinces – Lao Cai, Son La, Phu Tho, Bac Giang, Nam Dinh, Ha Tinh, Binh Dinh, Tien Giang, Ben Tre and Soc Trang – since June 2013. The project aims to encourage farmers to process livestock waste, which has serious consequences for health and the environment, into biogas and slurry. It also looks to raise awareness about environmentally-safe, climate-friendly waste management practices using commune pilot demonstrations, training courses, study tours, radio and television programmes and other information.