Energy Update: November 8, 2018

Energy Update | November 8, 2018
Authors: Riley Smith and Tra Nguyen 
 
LOOKING AHEAD
 
 
December 5: The 1st Asia Pacific LNG Investment Summit Philippines
 
THE COUNCIL'S TAKE
 
 

Main Outcomes of the 36th ASEAN Ministers on Energy Meeting (AMEM) Include Recommendations for Cooperation on Renewable Energy and Enhancing LNG Trade in ASEAN

The 36th ASEAN Ministers on Energy Meeting (AMEM) was held in Singapore on October 29, 2018. H.E. Mr. Chan Chun Sing, Minister for Trade and Industry of Singapore, chaired the Meeting, and H.E. Dr. Siri Jirapongphan, Minister for Energy of Thailand was the Vice Chair. All 10 ASEAN Member States sent a delegation to the Ministerial. In addition, the Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA), Dr. Fatih Birol, and the Director-General of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), Mr. Adnan Z. Amin, attended AMEM, having been invited to join discussions on “Energy Resilience and Innovation” and “Clean Energy Transformation.”

Singapore set energy connectivity and resilience as the focus of this year’s AMEM, and the ASEAN Energy Ministers endorsed several outcomes that aim to enhance both in the region, along with fostering innovation in the energy space. These outcomes include:

  1. An MOU on Energy Cooperation between ASEAN and IRENA with an Action Plan outlining key areas of collaboration. Under the MOU, ASEAN and IRENA will hold regular high-level dialogues for Ministers and Senior Officials to exchange views on key renewable energy issues and strengthen cooperation. Key areas of collaboration include:
  • Energy planning in the context of increasing the share of renewable energy to 23% of ASEAN’s energy mix by 2025 under the ASEAN Plan of Action for Energy Cooperation (APAEC) 2016-2025;
  • Assessments and roadmaps for accelerated renewable energy deployment;
  • Renewable energy policy and regulatory frameworks;
  • Renewable energy technology and innovation;
  • Training and capacity building on renewable energy-related topics; and
  • Development of bankable renewable energy projects and support for project facilitation
  1. A Capacity Building Roadmap on Energy Investment and Financing that was codeveloped by the International Energy Agency (IEA) and Singapore. The aim of the roadmap is to improve the ability of ASEAN to attract investments and develop sustainable financing models for energy sector projects. The roadmap outlines four priority areas:
  • Optimizing investment frameworks through enhancing expertise in developing conducive regulatory environments and planning for allocation of capital across technologies;
  • Ensuring financial sustainability of the power sector through the mitigation of investment vulnerabilities and the upgrading of the necessary skills to assess financial sustainability;
  • Improving the assessment of investment options, financing requirements, and project risks by enhancing competency in project financial tools; and
  • Developing a platform to deepen public-private engagement that will also equip policymakers with knowledge of new and emerging business models to de-risk projects and improve their bankability.
  1. A set of recommendations for the development of Green Building Codes for ASEAN Member States to drive the region’s green building industry. These recommendations are:
  • Improving coordination within the government of each ASEAN Member State through the development of a comprehensive roadmap on green building codes. The roadmap should have clear targets and objectives and be based on data collected at the respective country level.
  • Improving coordination between public and private stakeholders by setting up mechanisms for the private sector to submit inputs and feedback during the development of policies and regulations related to green building codes.
  • Incorporating energy efficiency measures and passive design concepts (i.e. shading, use of natural daylight, orientation and landscaping) during the initial stages of building design.
  • Establishing a central institution to manage green building code certification, monitoring and verification.
  • Developing training on green building codes and building energy efficiency for new and existing workers in the building industry.
  1. A set of recommendations to enhance liquefied natural gas (LNG) cooperation and trade in ASEAN. The recommendations were included in a Gas Advocacy White Paper (Executive Summary available here) prepared by the ASEAN Council on Petroleum (ASCOPE), an organization that includes all 10 national oil companies of the ASEAN Member States. These recommendations are:
  • Promoting awareness of the benefits and the importance of natural gas to ASEAN’s energy sector by developing a communication strategy and awareness public campaign;
  • Enhancing capability building on technical and commercial issues related to LNG in new and emerging markets;
  • Improving infrastructure and commercial readiness to facilitate greater natural gas and LNG trading in the region by providing increased technical assistance;
  • Providing the right market signals for sustainable investments and encouraging the discovery of the “true” cost of gas for the region by accelerating pricing reforms;
  • Incentivizing the use of natural gas and LNG over other fossil fuels in power generation by tightening environmental regulations; and
  • Increasing government support measures to promote and incentivize the use of natural gas and LNG.

The official press release for the 36th AMEM can be found here, and the annex, which includes more information on the main outcomes, planned next steps relating to these outcomes, and the official Joint Ministerial Statement can be found here.

From October 30-31, the Council led a delegation of senior executives from six major U.S. energy companies to AMEM. It was the eighth business mission that the Council has led to the Energy Ministerial. During the mission the delegation discussed with ASEAN energy officials how the build-out of energy infrastructure, especially infrastructure related to liquified natural gas (LNG) and renewable energy sources, could increase energy security and connectivity. The delegation also discussed the importance of digital connectivity to ensuring resilience in the energy sector. More information on the business mission, including a list of government officials with whom the delegation met, can be found in the official press release, which is attached to this Update.

Vietnam to Open Wholesale Electricity Market in 2019

The power industry in Vietnam is undergoing a major transformation with the introduction of a wholesale electricity market. Deputy Minister of Industry & Trade Hoang Quoc Vuong said in a recent meeting in Hanoi that the competitive electricity wholesale market will be fully operational starting in 2019 after a successful year-long pilot period.

During the pilot period, power generation corporations were able to participate directly in the electricity market. The Electricity Regulatory Authority of Vietnam (ERAV) reported that 87 power plants have directly entered the electricity generation market with a totaled installed capacity of nearly 23,000MW. Nguyen Anh Tuan, Director of ERAV, said that energy generated by the Electricity of Vietnam (EVN)’s hydroelectric plants will be introduced into the market first followed by renewable energy produced by other companies. The move is consistent with Vietnam’s plan to diversify its energy mix and give preference to green energy sources.

Vietnam is moving away from the monopolistic Single Buyer model, in which EVN was the only electricity buyer and distributor, and aims to ultimately adopt an arrangement whereby consumers may purchase electricity directly from power generating companies. This liberalization of the electricity market signals numerous opportunities for energy investors and creates a better marketplace for consumers. Prior to the launch of the wholesale electricity market, all the power generating companies were obligated to sell electricity to EVN. EVN would then supply electricity through its five subsidiary distribution companies.

ERAV representative Le Hong Hai said the market has already increased its transparency and has created a reliable system to connect new power plants to the national electric grid. During the pilot period, performance metrics were tracked and used to improve service and business practices. The remaining time of the trial period will be used to improve IT infrastructure and finish training companies in how the market works. Experts say State agencies should create policies and regulations that support small power plants with a capacity under 30MW to protect investors in renewable energy and ensure market fairness. This would boost the renewable energy sector and help the long-term health of the marketplace.

The development of a competitive electricity market is a long-term plan for Vietnam’s electricity sector mandated in the 2004 Electricity Law. The details of the plan were specified in the Prime Minister’s Decision 63/QD-TTg in 2013, which laid out the conditions and structure of the new market. The marketplace is to be developed in three distinct parts: the electricity generation market, the wholesale market and the retail market. The generation market started in 2012, the wholesale market will open next year, and the development of the retail market is expected to start in 2021 and be in full operation in 2023.

 
ADVOCACY UPDATE
 
 

Sponsorship Invitation: Report on How Industry 4.0 and Digitalization are Transforming ASEAN’s Energy Sector

The US-ASEAN Business Council, in conjunction with the ASEAN Centre for Energy, is soliciting sponsorship for a publication that will examine how Industry 4.0 is transforming ASEAN's energy sector. The changes brought about by the innovative technologies and processes that characterize Industry 4.0 will affect multiple sectors. In the energy sector, Industry 4.0 is most readily seen in the trend of digitalization and the implications this trend has for improving energy efficiency and the operations of energy assets, as well as the application of big data and analytics to provide deeper insight into patterns and trends.

The main goal is for the report to highlight the best practices and recommendations of our members companies that have had to adapt to digitalization in the energy sector. We also want the report to serve as a stepping stone to deeper engagement with the ASEAN Energy Ministers during the annual ASEAN Ministers on Energy Meeting (AMEM). Specifically, with the support of ACE, we aim to present the report at the 37th AMEM in September 2019. The report is also meant to feed into future projects examining how the digitalization trend can help ASEAN achieve the key goals of the ASEAN Plan of Action for Energy Cooperation (APAEC) 2016-2025.

The report will include:

  • An overview of the trend of digitalization in ASEAN’s energy sector;
  • Case-studies on how U.S. companies operating in ASEAN’s energy sector have successfully adapted to the digitalization trend;
  • Recommendations for ASEAN Governments on what policies to implement to best position their energy markets for the digitalization trend.

For more information on the report and sponsorship opportunities, please contact Riley Smith at rsmith@usasean.org.

US-ASEAN Business Council Leads Business Mission to 36th ASEAN Ministers on Energy Meeting in Singapore

On October 30-31, a delegation of six major U.S. energy companies participated in the US-ASEAN Business Council’s business mission to the 36th ASEAN Ministers on Energy Meeting (AMEM) and Associated Meetings in Singapore. It was the eighth business mission that the Council has led to AMEM, which brings together delegations from the Energy Ministries of all ten ASEAN countries, as well as the countries that participate in the AMEM+3 and the East Asia Summit Energy Ministers Meeting (EAS EMM). Enhancing resiliency and connectivity in the energy sector were major themes of this year’s AMEM. The Council’s business mission echoed these themes. The delegation discussed with ASEAN energy officials how the build-out of energy infrastructure, especially infrastructure related to liquified natural gas (LNG) and renewable energy sources, could increase energy security and connectivity. The delegation also discussed the importance of digital connectivity to ensuring resilience in the energy sector.

The delegation was received by senior ASEAN Government energy officials, including:

  • H.E. Yeo Bee Yin, Minister for Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change, Malaysia;
  • H.E. U Win Khaing, Minister of Electricity and Energy, Myanmar;
  • H.E. Dr. Siri Jirapongphan, Minister of Energy, Thailand;
  • H.E. Ith Praing, Secretary of State, Ministry of Mines and Energy, Cambodia;
  • H.E. Arcandra Tahar, Vice Minister for Energy and Mineral Resources, Indonesia;
  • H.E. Jesus Cristino P. Posadas, Undersecretary, Department of Energy, Philippines;
  • H.E. Dang Hoang An, Vice Minister of Industry and Trade, Vietnam; and
  • The Hon. Frank Fannon, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Energy Resources, U.S. Department of State.

Over the course of the mission, the delegation also met with Dr. Sanjayan Velautham, Executive Director, ASEAN Centre for Energy (ACE), and Mr. Nopporn Chuchinda, Secretary-In-Charge, ASEAN Council on Petroleum (ASCOPE).

The Vice Chairs of the Council's Energy Committee - Chevron, ConocoPhillips, General Electric, and S&P Global - participated in the mission along with Cheniere Energy, Inc. and ExxonMobil.

 
IN THIS UPDATE
 
 

Regional Affairs
Low-cost renewables revolution is coming to Southeast Asia
Asean energy ministers renew push to go green
ASEAN steps up energy cooperation
ASEAN regasification capacity to grow 77% in next decade
Wind, sun to strand US$60 bil of coal assets in Southeast Asia
LNG tankers stranded off Singapore, Malaysia as demand outlook weakens
Blockchain to play an important role in Asia’s energy sector transformation
Asean signs MOU to build partnership for sustainable energy future in South-east Asia

Brunei
Brunei takes centre stage at ASEAN Energy Award
Brunei Darussalam's growth momentum expected to continue in 2018: IMF

Cambodia
Combating climate change through industrial efficiency
Milestone solar deal reached
Cambodia needs solar to drive down electricity prices
Minister pushes for energy efficiency
The road is clear for solar energy in Cambodia, says UNDP director
Wind power in Cambodia is possible, says regional power producer
Government explains petrol price jump

Indonesia
Indonesia imposes mandatory use of B20 biodiesel in drive to cut fuel bill: deputy minister
Indonesia does not need to import gas until 2027 at current demand growth rate, says official
Indonesia’s Pertamina Looks To Buy Crude, Gasoline In Rupiah
Indonesia's Pertamina aims to reduce spending in U.S. dollar
Green Climate Fund approves $100m Indonesia Geothermal Resource Risk Mitigation Project
Indonesia expects to add 95 MW of additional geothermal capacity this year
International financial agencies confirm their support of geothermal development in Indonesia
Indonesia Eases Tax Holiday Policy for New FDI Projects in All Sectors
Government to meet on price of subsidized Premium fuel
Indonesia wants to export more coal, buyers ignore the call | IOL Business Report
Micro and mini-grids to bring power to Indonesia’s off-grid communities
Pertamina to sign two deals at IMF-WB Annual Meeting

Laos
China starts exporting petroleum to Laos
Hydroelectric Power in Laos: Economic Security in Energy-Hungry South-East Asia
In Laos, a World Bank 'model' dam and the myth of sustainable hydropower
New questions asked about Laos dam toll, builder’s role
Chinese investment in Laos’ energy sector tops 15 billion USD

Malaysia
Updates on the Malaysian Solar Industry
TNB connects first phase of Malaysia’s largest solar project to the grid
Govt can save RM10.7m in subsidies with B10 biodiesel
Petronas calls for collective action in gas advocacy
Termination of four IPP projects could save RM1.26bil in electricity tariffs, says Minister
Federal working with State to resolve power issues – Yeo
No decision on coal power plants in Sabah yet, says Yeo
Ministry proposes setting up of commission to regulate quarry, mining activities
Pilot projects for waste-to-energy plants on landfills
Govt to introduce building energy intensity labelling this Saturday
Malaysia’s biodiesel output, exports set to hit records

Myanmar
US$500 million power plant set to take shape in Ahlone
Mitsubishi Electric to Supply High-Voltage Switchgear and Transformers to Myanmar
Greater state-regional effort against climate change urged
Govt readies additional supply of electricity to meet demand
Myanmar To Auction Off 31 New Oil And Gas Blocks
Myanmar’s gas production dilemma
Country’s first solar power plant to start operations in Magwe
Gov’t Unwilling to Intervene as Fuel Oil Prices Rise
Sembcorp starts commercial operation of 225-MW Myanmar power plant

Philippines
ERC prescribes ‘lock-down period’ on all power supply contracts
China Ready to Produce Oil, Gas With Philippines in South China Sea – Minister
Revival of 620MW nuclear power plant gets support from Philippine officials
Philippines short-lists three company groups for LNG terminal project
Philippines hopeful for South China Sea energy deal
DBM: Fuel marking system on track for 2019
Diesel or solar: Could a push to power the Philippines turn greener?
Philippines Scrambles to Find Undersea Energy as Import Prices Hit Consumers
Executive action seen to halt higher oil tax
16 foreign firms want to partner with local electric co-ops to form clean-energy mini grids
Kalinga geothermal project progresses to exploration drilling
PH energy firms ready to adopt blockchain technology
DoE reviews several major energy projects
Mindanao projected to need 10,200 MW additional capacity by 2040

Singapore
Singapore's water success story to be repeated with energy: Chan Chun Sing
Singapore to pilot deployment of energy storage systems
Companies to get more grants for projects that boost energy efficiency
Policies will continue to be adjusted to support the energy sector: Chan Chun Sing
Singapore: Major Utility Company Launches Blockchain-Based Solar Energy Marketplace
SP Group launches platform for households, small producers of solar energy to sell 'green credits'
New service to help companies cut carbon emissions, generate savings

Thailand
Thai PTTEP posts higher Q3 oil, gas sales volumes on Bongkot stake
Thailand falls on energy slump, Singapore recovers
BIG plans retail LNG entry to supply EEC firms
GPSC opts to appeal ERC ruling
Switched on: Top electric power conference heads to Thailand
Excise Department to conclude EV tax rules soon
Energy Ministry to find fuel pricing aid for low-income motorcycle taxi drivers
Thai wind hits operational stride
Energy-saving campaigns set for jump-start

Vietnam
Southern provinces want environmentally-friendly LNG power, not coal power
Vietnam's electricity wholesale market to open next year
Petroleum law to be revised to facilitate sustainable growth of oil sector
Finance ministry designs more incentives to boost biofuel consumption
Banks race to fund green energy projects
Vietnam crude oil output to fall 10 pct a year through 2025: PetroVietnam
Ninh Thuan to have four new wind power plants by year-end
First waste-to-energy plant in Can Tho begins trial operation
World Oil Prices Help Vietnam Expand an Already Fast-Growing Economy
Vietnam vows to heighten localization ratio of thermal power equipment
Foreign investors see more chance to step in Vietnam’s oil refinery
Challenges in coal supply for thermal power production

 
ARTICLE CLIPS
 
 
Regional Affairs

Low-cost renewables revolution is coming to Southeast Asia Asia Times 30th Oct 2018
New analysis from Carbon Tracker shows it could be cheaper to build new renewable energy sources than to operate existing coal-fired power plants in Southeast Asia within 10 years.

Asean energy ministers renew push to go green The Straits Times 30th Oct 2018
Asean has exceeded its energy efficiency goals, reducing its energy intensity by more than 20 per cent in 2016 compared to 2005 levels, well ahead of its 2020 target.

ASEAN steps up energy cooperation Vietnam News 30th Oct 2018
ASEAN countries will step up cooperation and share resources to ensure energy security through expanding power grid connectivity and developing renewable energies.

ASEAN regasification capacity to grow 77% in next decade S&P Global Platts 30th Oct 2018
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is likely to add nearly 77% in regasification capacity over the next decade as member countries build LNG import terminals to meet growing energy demand, according to data from the ASEAN Council on Petroleum.

Wind, sun to strand US$60 bil of coal assets in Southeast Asia The Edge Markets 29th Oct 2018
As much as US$60 billion of coal power assets may be stranded in the next decade across Vietnam, Indonesia and the Philippines, according to a new study by Carbon Tracker, which cited tighter environmental policies and competition from cheaper renewable energy.

LNG tankers stranded off Singapore, Malaysia as demand outlook weakens The Business Times 25th Oct 2018
A fleet of half a dozen tankers carrying unsold liquefied natural gas (LNG) has been floating in Singapore and Malaysian waters for up to two weeks as winter demand in Asia looks weaker than initially expected, traders said on Thursday.

Blockchain to play an important role in Asia’s energy sector transformation Solar Plaza 15th Oct 2018
The eventual liberalization of many electricity markets in Asia is opening up investment opportunities and new business models for consumers, producers and authorities.

Asean signs MOU to build partnership for sustainable energy future in South-east Asia The Straits Times 29th Oct 2018
Asean and the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena) will be holding regular high-level dialogues between ministers and senior officials following the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the two sides on Tuesday (Oct 30).

Brunei

Brunei takes centre stage at ASEAN Energy Award Borneo Bulletin 1st Nov 2018
BRUNEI Darussalam won first place in the ‘Off-Grid’ category at the 36th ASEAN Ministers of Energy Meeting (AMEM) Gala Dinner’s ASEAN Energy Award 2018 in Singapore under the Renewable Energy (RE) project competition.

Brunei Darussalam's growth momentum expected to continue in 2018: IMF Devdis Course 13th Oct 2018
Real GDP in 2017 was stronger than expected, rebounding to 1.3 per cent supported by both the O&G and non-O&G sectors.

Cambodia

Combating climate change through industrial efficiency Khmer Times 31st Oct 2018
The TEST programme, which aims to fight the effects of climate change by helping corporations adopt efficient and environmentally friendly processes, was launched yesterday in Phnom Penh.

Milestone solar deal reached Khmer Times 24th Oct 2018
Shanghai-based Jinko Solar, one of the world’s leading solar module manufacturers, will participate in the construction of what will become the Kingdom’s largest solar plant by supplying more than 200,000 solar modules to local firm SchneiTec Group.

Cambodia needs solar to drive down electricity prices PV Magazine 23rd Oct 2018
According to the UNDP, a full economic evaluation of the costs and advantages of solar energy in the country is necessary, as Cambodia’s government is planning to expand its power system through coal and hydro.

Minister pushes for energy efficiency Khmer Times 23rd Oct 2018
Environment Minister Say Samal yesterday urged people to use energy more efficiently and enjoy benefits such as lower costs and a greener environment.

The road is clear for solar energy in Cambodia, says UNDP director Southeast Asia Globe 19th Oct 2018
Nick Beresford, country director of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Cambodia, discusses the state of Cambodia’s energy sector, the hope of solar, and bringing electricity to everyone

Wind power in Cambodia is possible, says regional power producer Southeast Asia Globe 12th Oct 2018
As the world increasingly opens up to renewable energy, Southeast Asia Globe speaks to Olivier Duguet, CEO and co-founder of the Blue Circle, a renewable independent power producer based in Southeast Asia, to find out more about the region’s future energy path. The company has already begun work on a wind farm in Ninh Thuan province in South Vietnam – one of the largest in the region – and has its sights set on creating a similar farm in Cambodia.

Government explains petrol price jump Phnom Penh Post 5th Oct 2018
The retail price of petrol in Cambodia has increased for the third straight month, upsetting many who work in low-paying jobs, such as tuk-tuk drivers.

Indonesia

Indonesia imposes mandatory use of B20 biodiesel in drive to cut fuel bill: deputy minister Reuters 31st Oct 2018
Indonesia has enforced mandatory use of diesel containing 20 percent locally produced biofuel amid steps to rein in its fuel bill and cushion the impact on its economy of a currency crisis and higher oil prices, a government official told Reuters.

Indonesia does not need to import gas until 2027 at current demand growth rate, says official EnergyWorld 30th Oct 2018
Indonesia will not need to import any gas until at least 2027 if its average gas demand growth rate is maintained at just over 1 per cent, the country's vice minister of energy and mineral resources said on Tuesday.

Indonesia's Pertamina aims to reduce spending in U.S. dollar Reuters 24th Oct 2018
Indonesia’s state-owned energy company Pertamina is looking to reduce spending of foreign exchange in U.S. dollars by seeking crude oil purchases in other currencies, a senior company official told Reuters on Wednesday.

Green Climate Fund approves $100m Indonesia Geothermal Resource Risk Mitigation Project Think GeoEnergy 21st Oct 2018
The 21st meeting of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) Board ended today in Bahrain, approving over one billion dollars of new projects and programmes to support climate action in developing countries, and formally launching the Fund’s first replenishment, so the official statement by the fund.

Indonesia expects to add 95 MW of additional geothermal capacity this year Think GeoEnergy 16th Oct 2018
Indonesia expects to see a geothermal power generation capacity increase of 95 MW by the end of 2018, with the addition of the 55 MW Lumut Balai Unit 1 by Pertamina Geothermal Energy and the 40 MW Sorik Marapi geothermal power plant.

International financial agencies confirm their support of geothermal development in Indonesia Think GeoEnergy 16th Oct 2018
The World Bank, Asian Development Bank and other international financial agencies have confirmed their support for geothermal development in Indonesia.

Indonesia Eases Tax Holiday Policy for New FDI Projects in All Sectors Asian Briefing 12th Oct 2018
In a bid to attract more investment to support the country’s economic growth, Indonesia recently issued a new regulation granting a 100 percent Corporate Income Tax (CIT) cut to new FDI-backed businesses.

Government to meet on price of subsidized Premium fuel The Jakarta Post 12th Oct 2018
Coordinating Economic Minister Darmin Nasution said on Thursday the government would soon hold a meeting to decide on whether it will increase the price of the subsidized Premium-branded gasoline after the issue sparked controversy on Wednesday.

Indonesia wants to export more coal, buyers ignore the call | IOL Business Report Independent Online 11th Oct 2018
Indonesia wants to export more coal in order to earn U.S. dollars to shore up its faltering currency, but the problem is buyers don’t seem to be hearing the message.

Micro and mini-grids to bring power to Indonesia’s off-grid communities PV Magazine 11th Oct 2018
The government wants to help the provinces of eastern Indonesia – in particular Papua, which has the lowest electrification rate in the country. Policymakers are in talks with the Asian Development Bank and seeking advice for implementation.

Pertamina to sign two deals at IMF-WB Annual Meeting The Jakarta Post 9th Oct 2018
State energy holding company Pertamina is set to ink at least two infrastructure financing agreements on Thursday on the sidelines of the 2018 International Monetary Fund - World Bank (IMF-WB) Annual Meetings in Nusa Dua, Bali.

Laos

China starts exporting petroleum to Laos Xinhua 31st Oct 2018
With over 64 ton diesel, handed over from PetroChina to a Lao company at Laos-China border, the first export of Chinese refined oil to Lao market was made on Wednesday.

Hydroelectric Power in Laos: Economic Security in Energy-Hungry South-East Asia Future Directions 24th Oct 2018
Hydroelectricity is at the core of Laos’ strategy to become the “Battery of Asia”. The export of electricity to neighbouring high-growth states, such as Thailand, is predicted to stimulate economic development.

In Laos, a World Bank 'model' dam and the myth of sustainable hydropower Devex 24th Oct 2018
It wasn’t a flood. It was a tsunami, Premrudee Daorung said of the wall of water that tore through the forests of Laos’ Attapeu province, snapping timber like matchsticks and flattening entire villages.

New questions asked about Laos dam toll, builder’s role Asia Times 19th Oct 2018
Civil society groups say govt toll of about 40 is not credible, that 800 or more people could have died in July; while Korean lawmaker claims the firm building the dam altered the design and lowered the height to boost profit

Chinese investment in Laos’ energy sector tops 15 billion USD Vietnam Plus 15th Oct 2018
Laos is among 15 countries worldwide receiving the biggest investment from China in the energy sector, Vientiane Times on October 15 quoted a World Bank report as saying.

Malaysia

Updates on the Malaysian Solar Industry Lexology 26th Oct 2018
The Ministry of Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change (the Ministry) had recently announced several measures to promote the development of solar energy. This comes after the message to move away from the solar feed-in-tariff (FiT) programme which was meant to be the catalyst for solar development in Malaysia but fell short of meeting the renewable energy policy target. There will now be a single platform which allows for real-time data monitoring of key components of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems such as PV modules and inverters. The PVMS will also be able to provide information in relation to solar PV in Malaysia to the public. At least 120 grid-connected solar PV systems (up to 1MW in capacity) are being monitored by the PVMS and more systems will be added in the future.

TNB connects first phase of Malaysia’s largest solar project to the grid PV Tech 31st Oct 2018
Major Malaysian utility Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB) has started supplying power to the national grid from a part-completed 50MW solar power project in Selangor, Peninsula Malaysia, which will be the largest project in the country once completed.

Govt can save RM10.7m in subsidies with B10 biodiesel The Star Online 31st Oct 2018
The use of B10 biodiesel in the transportation sector can help the government save RM10.7 million in subsidies annually, if it is successfully implemented, said Primary Industries Minister Teresa Kok Suh Sim. She said the use of B10 biodiesel would also enable the government to save RM1.6 billion in diesel import costs annually.

Petronas calls for collective action in gas advocacy Borneo Post 27th Oct 2018
Petronas calls for collective action in gas advocacy

Termination of four IPP projects could save RM1.26bil in electricity tariffs, says Minister The Star Online 25th Oct 2018
The government will potentially save RM1.26bil in electricity tariffs following the cancellation of four independent power producers (IPP) projects in July, says Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change Minister Yeo Bee Yin (pic).

Federal working with State to resolve power issues – Yeo Borneo Post 24th Oct 2018
Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change (MESTECC) Minister Yeo Bee Yin said that power generation is not the only main issue for Sabah as the state has a sufficient supply of power.

No decision on coal power plants in Sabah yet, says Yeo The Star Online 23rd Oct 2018
The state and federal governments have yet to decide on developing coal power plants in Sabah as the focus is to strengthen the transmission and distribution of supply first.

Ministry proposes setting up of commission to regulate quarry, mining activities The Star Online 23rd Oct 2018
The Water, Land and Natural Resources Ministry will submit a proposal to the government for the setting up of a commission to monitor and regulate quarrying and mining activities in the country, says its deputy minister, Tengku Zulpuri Shah Raja Puji.

Pilot projects for waste-to-energy plants on landfills The Edge Markets 22nd Oct 2018
The Government is planning to initiate pilot projects at landfills in three States with a view to turning such facilities into waste-to-energy (WTE) plants.

Govt to introduce building energy intensity labelling this Saturday The Edge Markets 17th Oct 2018
The government will be introducing building energy intensity (BEI) labelling for buildings as part of its efforts to promote voluntary adoption of energy efficiency in the building sector. It is likely to start with government buildings for starters.

Malaysia’s biodiesel output, exports set to hit records The Star Online 17th Oct 2018
Malaysian biodiesel production is likely to hit record levels this year and next, with 2018 exports on track to double from 2017, pushed up as higher oil prices boost the appeal of biofuels, the head of an industry association said on Wednesday.

Myanmar

US$500 million power plant set to take shape in Ahlone Myanmar Times 31st Oct 2018
Toyo Thai Power Myanmar Co Ltd (TPMC) plans to invest between US$350 million (K471 billion) to US$500 million to set up a liquefied natural gas (LNG) power plant, U Htet Aung Mon, general manager of TTCL Power Myanmar said.

Mitsubishi Electric to Supply High-Voltage Switchgear and Transformers to Myanmar TD World 24th Oct 2018
Myanmar is developing its electricity infrastructure to overcome power shortages due to the country’s rapid economic growth. As of this effort, the country is urgently refurbishing and upgrading its aging substations as a high-priority measure.

Greater state-regional effort against climate change urged The Myanmar Times 23rd Oct 2018
While Myanmar has drafted policies and initiated projects to address climate change, more needs to be done at the state and regional level, said U Than Aye, retired deputy director general of the Department of Environmental Conservation. Projects have been drawn up with the aim of reducing carbon emissions and making Myanmar better able to withstand the effects of climate change while still developing the country.

Govt readies additional supply of electricity to meet demand The Myanmar Times 23rd Oct 2018
The rate of increase in electricity consumption typically rises by 15 percent per year on average. This fiscal year though, demand is expected to increase by 19pc. As such, the MOEE is aiming to raise supply to 3700 megawatts during the period, from 3400MW this year.

Myanmar To Auction Off 31 New Oil And Gas Blocks Oil Price 20th Oct 2018
On August 30 the Ministry of Electricity and Energy (MoEE) announced it would be opening fresh rounds of bidding for oil and gas blocks in the first half of next year, and there are plans to launch a tender for at least one onshore block before the end of 2018.

Myanmar’s gas production dilemma Myanmar Times 18th Oct 2018
Myanmar is under pressure to double its power production capacity to 6000 megawatts (MW) within the next two years, in order to meet rising demand. Several power generation projects, the most recent of which is the 225MW Sembcorp Myingyan combined-cycle gas plant, have commenced operations. Next month, a 40MW solar plant in Minbu is expected to come onstream.

Country’s first solar power plant to start operations in Magwe The Myanmar Times 15th Oct 2018
The country’s first solar power plant will start operating in November, U Maung Maung Kyaw, chief engineer of the Electric Supply Enterprise, said. The power plant, in Minbu township, Magwe Region, is expected to produce 40 megawatts initially but will produce 170MW once fully operational, according to U Maung Maung Kyaw.

Gov’t Unwilling to Intervene as Fuel Oil Prices Rise The Irrawaddy 12th Oct 2018
NAYPYITAW—The government cannot control the fuel oil price, which is determined by market forces and the law of supply and demand, Ministry of Electricity and Energy managing director U Thant Sin said.

Sembcorp starts commercial operation of 225-MW Myanmar power plant The Business Times 10th Oct 2018
Sembcorp Industries on Wednesday announced that its 225-megawatt gas-fired Sembcorp Myingyan Independent Power Plant (IPP) in Mandalay, Myanmar, has successfully commenced full commercial operation following its first phase operation in May this year.

Philippines

ERC prescribes ‘lock-down period’ on all power supply contracts Manila Bulletin Business 13th Oct 2018
It will no longer be easy for flipping-generation companies to unload capacities that they have tied to power supply agreements (PSAs) because the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) shall soon be prescribing “lock down” proviso on contracts. In the draft rules issued by the regulatory body to relevant stakeholders, it is expressly stated that “the winning bidder shall not be allowed to sell and/or assign the contract to any other entity.” The only exception, according to the ERC, is if it has “given approval and determination of the assignee or buyer’s legal, technical and financial eligibility.” Beyond the competitive selection process (CSP) via formal competitive bidding which is the method of power supply contracting being instituted for DUs, the ERC will also be allowing submission of unsolicited proposals from GenCos based on the published requirement of specified power utilities.

China Ready to Produce Oil, Gas With Philippines in South China Sea – Minister Hellenic Shipping News 31st Oct 2018
China is ready to study the possibility of joint oil and gas production with the Philippines in the South China Sea, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said.

Revival of 620MW nuclear power plant gets support from Philippine officials Asian Power 31st Oct 2018
The Philippine Department of Finance (DOF) expressed support for the proposed revival of the cancelled Bataan Nuclear Power Plant (BNPP), citing the need to lower electricity costs in the country, local media report.

Philippines short-lists three company groups for LNG terminal project Hellenic Shipping News 31st Oct 2018
The Philippines has short-listed three different groups to build and operate its first liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal and hopes to nominate one by November, its energy minister said on Tuesday.

Philippines hopeful for South China Sea energy deal WorldOil 30th Oct 2018
Philippine Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi is optimistic that a deal to jointly explore disputed areas of the South China Sea for oil and gas will finally move forward when President Xi Jinping visits next month.

DBM: Fuel marking system on track for 2019 BusinessMirror 25th Oct 2018
The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) has reported that it is ready to award the contract for the operation of the government’s planned fuel marking system before the end of this month, with the government looking to implement it starting 2019.

Philippines Scrambles to Find Undersea Energy as Import Prices Hit Consumers Voice of America 22nd Oct 2018
The resource-rich Philippines is doubling up development of its own fuel sources as world oil price hikes hit the largely impoverished population.

Executive action seen to halt higher oil tax BusinessMirror 17th Oct 2018
MALACAÑANG is moving to preempt a proposed Joint Resolution of Congress seeking the suspension of excise taxes on fuel products—with some lawmakers pushing for a rollback to December 2017 levels—which was expected to top the agenda when the Senate and the House of Representatives resume regular sessions on November 12.

16 foreign firms want to partner with local electric co-ops to form clean-energy mini grids Business Mirror 16th Oct 2018
SIXTEEN foreign firms have expressed interest to partner with electric cooperatives to put up clean-energy mini grids.

Kalinga geothermal project progresses to exploration drilling Philippine Information Agency 15th Oct 2018
Kalinga Geothermal Project, a consortium of Aragorn Power and Energy Corporation, Guidance Management Corporation and Allfirst Kalinga Ltd., is given a two-year extension for its exploration permit. It is now on Phase 3 (exploration drilling) which includes memorandum of agreement signing and declaration of its commerciality.

Co-ops formed to seek solar energy franchise Philippine Daily Inquirer 15th Oct 2018
Solar energy proponents are forming cooperatives with plans to seek their own legislative franchises for minigrids the way Solar Para sa Bayan Corp.

PH energy firms ready to adopt blockchain technology Philippine Daily Inquirer 15th Oct 2018
The blockchain business is expected to explode in value to $2 trillion in 2030, from $2.5 billion in 2017 as the technology’s momentum gathers pace in various industries and as it deepens roots in countries like the Philippines.

DoE reviews several major energy projects Manila Standard 14th Oct 2018
The Department of Energy is evaluating several large-scale power projects that could receiver a certificate of energy project of national significance under Executive Order 30 that streamlines the procedures for major projects.

Mindanao projected to need 10,200 MW additional capacity by 2040 Business World 12th Oct 2018
DAVAO CITY — Energy officials said more investors are needed in the power supply sector, particularly for Mindanao, to meet the island’s projected 10,200-megawatt (MW) additional capacity requirement by 2040.

Singapore

Singapore's water success story to be repeated with energy: Chan Chun Sing The Straits Times 30th Oct 2018
If the past 50 years have been about how Singapore has overcome water scarcity, the next 50 will be about how the country overcomes its energy challenges. “Just like how Singapore has successfully diversified our supply of water over the years, our next ambitious goal is to enhance our energy resilience to ensure that we are never dependent on any single source of supply,” said Minister for Trade and Industry Chan Chun Sing on Tuesday (Oct 30) at the opening of Singapore International Energy Week at Marina Bay Sands.

Singapore to pilot deployment of energy storage systems Asian Power 30th Oct 2018
Singapore’s Energy Market Authority (EMA) and Sembcorp Industries (Sembcorp) will collaborate on a pilot programme that will facilitate the deployment of Energy Storage Systems (ESS) in the country. The initiative is called ACCelerating Energy Storage for Singapore (ACCESS).

Companies to get more grants for projects that boost energy efficiency The Straits Times 30th Oct 2018
At the opening of this year's Singapore International Energy Week on Tuesday (Oct 30), Minister for Trade and Industry Chan Chun Sing unveiled new and increased grants to co-fund energy efficiency projects. The Energy Market Authority (EMA) and Singapore's Economic Development Board (EDB) are rolling out separate grants for projects that can each trim at least 500,000 tonnes per annum of carbon emissions.

Policies will continue to be adjusted to support the energy sector: Chan Chun Sing Channel News Asia 29th Oct 2018
The Government will not shy away from making tweaks and adjustments to policies if needed to support Singapore's energy sector, given the changes in the global energy landscape, said Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing in an interview with Channel NewsAsia.

Singapore: Major Utility Company Launches Blockchain-Based Solar Energy Marketplace CoinTelegraph 29th Oct 2018
SP Group, a major corporation providing electricity and gas transmission in Singapore, has launched a blockchain-powered renewable energy certificate (REC) marketplace, the company reveals in a press release Monday, Oct. 29.

SP Group launches platform for households, small producers of solar energy to sell 'green credits' The Straits Times 29th Oct 2018
It is now easier for small producers of solar energy in Singapore to sell "green credits" to buyers keen to offset their carbon footprint. To link up these buyers and sellers, SP Group has launched a digital marketplace powered by blockchain technology, thus ensuring safe, transparent and fast transactions.

New service to help companies cut carbon emissions, generate savings Channel News Asia 22nd Oct 2018
Singapore companies can now subscribe to a service that will help them cut energy usage and carbon emissions by about 10 per cent, and in turn, generate savings.

Thailand

Thai PTTEP posts higher Q3 oil, gas sales volumes on Bongkot stake S&P Global Platts 26th Oct 2018
Thailand's PTT Exploration and Production posted a marginal 2% increase in third quarter oil and gas sales volumes on the back of its larger ownership of the Bongkot Project, the largest natural gas field in the Gulf of Thailand, the company said late Thursday.

Thailand falls on energy slump, Singapore recovers Reuters 24th Oct 2018
Thai shares fell nearly 1% on Wednesday as the country's energy sector came under pressure after oil prices slumped overnight, while shares in Singapore pulled back from the previous day's losses.

BIG plans retail LNG entry to supply EEC firms Bangkok Post 23rd Oct 2018
Bangkok Industrial Gas Co (BIG), Thailand's largest industrial gas producer, is upbeat about its liquefied natural gas (LNG) business after receiving a licence to be an LNG retailer from the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) last week. The company plans to diversify into LNG distribution to tap into rising gas demand from local industrial operators.

GPSC opts to appeal ERC ruling Bangkok Post 20th Oct 2018
SET-listed Global Power Synergy Plc (GPSC), a power-generating arm of PTT Plc, has decided to appeal the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) decision to block its takeover deal of SET-listed Glow Energy Plc. Last Wednesday the ERC blocked the deal, saying it breaches the 2007 Energy Industry Act's standards for a monopoly because the deal would let GPSC control the largest market share of private power purchase agreements (PPPAs) at Map Ta Phut Industrial Estate in Rayong province.

Switched on: Top electric power conference heads to Thailand AEC News 19th Oct 2018
The Power and Energy Society (PES), which bills itself as the the world’s largest forum for the electric power industry, is literally counting the days, hours, minutes and seconds before its Grand International Conference and Exposition is held for the first time outside of the United States.

Excise Department to conclude EV tax rules soon Bangkok Post 16th Oct 2018
The Excise Department expects to conclude a tax structure for electric vehicles (EVs) in the next couple of months, says its newly appointed head. "A new working panel chaired by me has been set up, and I confirm taxes for EVs will not be delayed, and should become clearer in the next 1-2 months as operators want need some guidance to plan their investment," said director-general of the Excise Department Patchara Anuntasilpa.

Energy Ministry to find fuel pricing aid for low-income motorcycle taxi drivers Pattaya Mail 15th Oct 2018
Energy Minister, Dr. Siri Jirapongphan, said his ministry has been assigned by the cabinet to discuss with PTT and oil station operators details of a campaign to help maintain fuel prices for low-income motorcycle taxi drivers holding the state welfare cards and registered with the Department of Land Transport.

Thai wind hits operational stride Renews.biz 15th Oct 2018
Gunkul Engineering company Korat Wind Energy has passed its three-month completion review at the 50MW Mittraphap wind farm in Thailand.

Energy-saving campaigns set for jump-start Bangkok Post 15th Oct 2018
Energy analysts and business operators expect investment in energy conservation activities and energy efficiency campaigns to start flourishing again next year.

Vietnam

Southern provinces want environmentally-friendly LNG power, not coal power vietnamnews.vn 27th Oct 2018
The building of new thermopower plants has recently become a cause célèbre in the country as economic demands and environmental concerns face off, especially with a number of localities rejecting central Government-approved plants. Việt Nam needs an enormous amount of energy to feed one of the fastest growing economies in the world, and coal-fired thermopower plants are usually favoured by governments as the most affordable option that can guarantee a cheap supply of electricity, however, environmentalists and the public have been arguing that the perceived ‘low costs’ have not accounted for costly long-term consequences that these plants dealt to the environment and people’s health. Most recently, the low-lying coastal province of Long An received attention as the local government decided late in September that they would ask the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT) to not go through with two coal-fired thermopower plants in the province, opting to build a US$5 billion thermopower plant run on liquified natural gas (LNG), which supposedly produces less pollution and greenhouse gases, instead.

Petroleum law to be revised to facilitate sustainable growth of oil sector Vietnam Net Bridge 30th Oct 2018
It is time to make amendments to the current Law on Petroleum to legally facilitate the development of Vietnam’s oil and gas industry and implement the strategy for sustainable development of the maritime economy until 2030 and with a vision towards 2045.

Finance ministry designs more incentives to boost biofuel consumption Vietnam Net Bridge 29th Oct 2018
The high price of input materials to produce ethanol and the policies on restricting imports to protect local production have made E5 petrol prices unattractive to consumers.

Banks race to fund green energy projects Vietnam Net Bridge 29th Oct 2018
Commercial banks are rushing to provide loans for green energy projects amid a wave of investment in the growing industry, dubbed a landmark for the country’s renewable energy outlook.

Vietnam crude oil output to fall 10 pct a year through 2025: PetroVietnam VnExpress International 24th Oct 2018
Vietnam’s crude oil output is expected to fall by 10 percent a year through to 2025 due to declining reserves at existing fields, PetroVietnam said on Wednesday.

Ninh Thuan to have four new wind power plants by year-end Vietnam Net Bridge 22nd Oct 2018
Four wind power projects are scheduled to be completed in the south central province of Ninh Thuan by the end of 2018, according to the provincial People’s Committee.

First waste-to-energy plant in Can Tho begins trial operation Vietnam Plus 15th Oct 2018
The first waste-to-energy plant in the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho began trial operation on October 15.

World Oil Prices Help Vietnam Expand an Already Fast-Growing Economy VOA News 15th Oct 2018
An increase in world oil prices is helping Vietnam earn money that will quicken its already fast economic growth and may help the country build new infrastructure. The only red light: higher fuel prices among Vietnam's consumers.

Vietnam vows to heighten localization ratio of thermal power equipment Vietnam Net Bridge 14th Oct 2018
Mechanical engineering is considered the backbone of the national economy. However, after many years of development, the industry can only satisfy 32 percent of domestic demand.

Foreign investors see more chance to step in Vietnam’s oil refinery Vietnam Net Bridge 9th Oct 2018
The recent withdrawal of Vietnamese groups from billion-dollar oil refinery projects is paving the way for potential foreign investors, especially those from Thailand and China, to jump in the industry.

Challenges in coal supply for thermal power production Vietnam Net Bridge 9th Oct 2018
As thermal power accounts for the largest proportion of Vietnam’s energy production, the country is facing challenges to ensure sufficient supply of coal for thermal power plants in the coming years.