Energy Update: November 12, 2019

Energy Update | November 12, 2019
Authors: Riley Smith and Jacob Corfman
 
LOOKING AHEAD
 
 

November 21: Energy Committee Quarterly Call (with a briefing from the International Energy Agency (IEA))

December 2: 2019 Business Mission to the ASEAN Secretariat

December 3-5: 2019 Indonesia Business Mission

THE COUNCIL'S TAKE
 
 

Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand to Discuss Power Trading Agreements with Cambodia, Myanmar

To further Thailand’s goal to be an energy trading hub for Mainland Southeast Asia, the country’s Energy Minister Sontirat Sontijirawong has asked the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) to discuss potential future power trading arrangements with energy authorities in Cambodia and Myanmar. Electricity trading to both countries could begin in 2023 after energy officials in Cambodia and Myanmar complete assessments of the needed power capacity, transmission lines, power tariffs, and how long the trading agreements will last. 

As Thailand continues to build out its power generation, distribution, and transmission infrastructure, it increasingly has been positioning itself as a major energy hub for Mainland Southeast Asia, a role that Laos has also sought to take on through its Battery of Asia policy. According to the Deputy Governor for Policy and Planning at EGAT, Patana Sangsriroujana, a significant portion of the power that is to be traded to Cambodia and Myanmar is likely to be generated by a slate of community-owned power plants, the construction of which are part of the Thai Government’s Energy for All initiative. EGAT projects that the new power plants could generate an additional 500-1,000 MW that could be traded with countries neighboring Thailand. Currently, Thailand has an installed power generation capacity of 44,000 MW, but the country’s peak demand reaches only 32,000 MW, leaving a significant surplus that Thailand hopes to export.

News of the potential power trading arrangements between Thailand, Cambodia, and Myanmar come after the announcement of the expansion of the first multilateral electricity trading scheme in ASEAN at this year’s ASEAN Ministers on Energy Meeting (AMEM) in Bangkok, Thailand. That scheme, a pathfinding project called the Lao PDR, Thailand, Malaysia Power Integration Project (LTM-PIP), was first implemented in 2018 and was set to expire next month. However, the energy ministers from all three countries agreed to extend the project to 2021, as well as increase the power traded from 100 MW to 300 MW. More information on the initial project and the extension at this year’s AMEM can be found here and here.   

Indonesia Streamlines Process to Apply for Duty Exemptions on Imported Oil and Gas Exploration Equipment

In an effort to streamline the application process for the Finance Ministry Exemption Letter (SKEP) and incentivize more oil and gas exploration in Indonesia, the Ministry of Finance, along with five other ministries, launched on October 14 an application for oil and gas companies to apply for duty exemptions on imported exploration equipment. The tax exemptions underlying the new application, which is officially called the Single Submission Fiscal Facility on Importing Items for Upstream Oil and Gas Activities, were issued through regulations No. 177/2007, No. 178/2007 and No. 179/2007. Under the previous regulation, only imported equipment that was not produced in Indonesia or that was produced in insufficient quantities was exempt from duties. According to Mochamad Agus Rofiudin, head of the Ministry of Finance’s National Single Window Agency, the most important part of the new application process is that, “[approval] waiting time is slashed from 42 working days to only 15 working days, which means we have reduced the waiting time by 50 percent.”

Thai Government Urges PTT Position Thailand as Natural Gas Trading Hub by Accelerating Gas Business 

Thailand’s Energy Ministry has urged the country’s national oil and gas firm, PTT Plc, to cement Thailand as a natural gas trading hub in the region by accelerating the build out of its gas business. To help in this endeavor, the Energy Ministry has said that it will support PTT’s gas business at the regional level while the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) loosens regulations related to LNG import and re-export. In making the argument for PTT to undertake this task, Thailand’s Minister of Energy, Sontirat Sontijirawong, pointed to the firm’s large investments in gas infrastructure and human capacity building in the industry.

The company reportedly is studying the feasibility of entering into the LNG trading business, with a business plan expected to be proposed to the National Energy Policy Council before the end of the year. Early indications are that the plan will include the transport of a limited volume of LNG by marine vessels and overland in heavy-duty trucks. PTT has also said that the plan could include providing fully integrated services, such as small-scale distribution, gas pipeline development, and energy solutions related to power back-up and renewable energy integration. The aim is for the business plan to give PTT a foothold that will enter into trading arrangements with neighboring countries.

PTT first entered the LNG business with the construction of an import terminal at Map Ta Phut in 2011 and has been providing compressed natural gas since 2015. The Map Ta Phut terminal can handle 11.5 million tonnes per annum (mtpa), while another terminal at Nong Fab, currently under construction but expected to start operations in 2021, will be able to handle 7.5 mtpa. PTT also has two LNG distribution projects that were chosen to join the ERC sandbox for testing before starting commercial operations. 

IAEA Presents Integrated Nuclear Infrastructure Review on the Philippines 

On October 30, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) presented to the Department of Energy its 19-point Integrated Nuclear Infrastructure Review (INIR) on the Philippines’ readiness to adopt civilian nuclear power as an energy source. The report indicated that the Philippines needs to hold more public consultations on developing nuclear energy, put in place the necessary legal and regulatory framework, particularly with regard to dealing with nuclear security and radioactive waste, and address infrastructure deficiencies before adopting nuclear power. The INIR report is the first of three such reports and covers the IAEA’s initial findings on the Philippines’ practices it has implemented as it moves towards potentially developing civilian nuclear power. The report also includes recommendations for the integrated work plan that is currently being developed by the Department of Energy-Nuclear Energy Program Implementing Organization (DoE-NEPIO). DoE is slated to meet with the IAEA again from November 12-15 in Vienna, Austria, to discuss the findings of the INIR report. For more information on the Philippines’ pursuit to develop civilian nuclear power as an energy source, please see our forthcoming analytical update.

 
ADVOCACY UPDATE
 
 

US-ABC Supports Japan-U.S. Strategic Energy Partnership Roundtable in Singapore on Energy Financing

On October 29, the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) hosted a Japan-U.S. Strategic Energy Partnership (JUSEP) roundtable in Singapore between government and private sector officials from both the United States and Japan. The purpose of the roundtable was to discuss energy financing in support of JUSEP while deepening the partnership's engagement with the private sector. The Hon. Kurt Donnelly, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Diplomacy at the U.S. Department of State, led the U.S. delegation. The Japanese delegation included Mr. Satoshi Onishi, Director at the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI); Mr. Ken Toyoda, Chief Representative for Asia and Oceania at Nippon Export and Investment Insurance (NEXI); Mr. Taro Yanagidate, Senior Vice President, Diamond Gas International (Mitsubishi); and Mr. Tomonori Ishiguro, Managing Director, JERA. The Council supported the roundtable by recruiting member company representatives to provide the private sector's perspective on the topics discussed. Notes from the roundtable were sent out in a separate Energy Update.   

Launched in November 2017 within the framework of the Japan-United States Economic Dialogue, JUSEP is committed to strengthening energy security and promoting energy access in the Indo-Pacific. The partnership has served as a vehicle for deepening cooperation in the Indo-Pacific's energy sector between the U.S. and Japanese governments. It was through JUSEP that Japan pledged its initial US$10 billion in support of the U.S. government's Asia EDGE (Enhancing Development and Growth through Energy) initiative this past February. Japan pledged an additional US$10 billion in September. JUSEP also served as the platform for announcing the Japan-U.S. Mekong Power Partnership (JUMPP), which aims to promote economic growth and enhanced electricity interconnections between Mekong countries. An update on developments related to JUSEP can be found here.

US-ABC Contributes to National Bureau of Asian Research Special Report on LNG Market Development in the Indo-Pacific

The US-ASEAN Business Council has contributed an essay on obstacles to LNG market development in Southeast Asia. Entitled "Advancing Gas Market Reforms in the Indo-Pacific: Key Issues for Southeast Asia," the essay, which is part of the National Bureau of Asian Research's Special Report no. 81, Revolutionizing LNG and Natural Gas in the Indo-Pacific, focuses on three factors that are crucial to the region meeting its projected demand for LNG over the coming decades: accelerating the buildout of natural gas infrastructure, incentivizing new exploration and development of natural gas, and building the political will to overcome obstacles posed by the realities of the market. The essay draws on experiences with LNG market development in Vietnam, Indonesia, and the Philippines to examine each of these factors. The essay can be found here, and the full report can be found here.

 
IN THIS UPDATE
 
 
America's EXIM Bank to expand trade insurance tie-ups with Japan

Brunei
China's Hengyi exports first LPG cargo from Brunei refinery - co exec
China's Hengyi Petrochemical launches Brunei refinery plant
Brunei: Total Sells Its Interest in Offshore Block CA1
BSP drilling new well off Brunei

Cambodia
Maybank lauds Mega First’s Cambodian power project
ISDN in tie-up to build Cambodia power plant
Cambodian oil: the dream that refuses to die
Celebrating the Kingdom’s achievements in clean energy
How solar can shore up Cambodia's energy needs
Japanese firm acquires stake at upcoming Pursat hydropower plant
Sold down the river: hydropower on the Mekong
Cambodia Solar Profile: Cambodia Reaches a Climate Change, Clean Energy and Sustainable Development Tipping Point
PTT keen to export Cambodian crude in future
Cambodia jumps 12 spots in global energy sustainability survey
Concern over Cambodia, Laos coal power deal

Indonesia
Indonesia coal benchmark price set at $66.27/T for Nov - ministry
New Administration, New Hope for Geothermal Energy?
Indonesia’s biodiesel plan fires up ‘red hot’ palm oil prices
CORRECTED-Indonesia's 2020 biodiesel consumption seen at 9.5 mln KL
Indonesia Suspends Nickel Ore Exports With Immediate Effect
Government Finally Lowers Capacity Charge for Industrial Rooftop Solar Projects
Collapse in Coal Prices Spurs Distress for Indonesian Miners
Indonesia needs $6 billion to boost oil production to 1 million bpd
Government launches tax exemption app for imported oil and gas equipment
Indonesia’s Duri Oil Surges to Widest Premium Ever on Ship Rules
Indonesia Starts Fund for Carbon Trading to Meet Emission Goals
Indonesia allows nine companies to resume nickel ore exports
Indonesia Revokes Temporary Suspension of Nickel Ore Exports

Laos
Laos hydro project switched on along dried-out Mekong
Laos Urged to Cancel Latest Dam for Mainstream Mekong
MRC forum tackles hydropower dam proposed by Laos
Chinese Support Gives Laos an Edge Over Powerful Neighbor Vietnam
Laos test-runs first turbine of Don Sahong hydropower plant
IAEA Signs Practical Arrangements for Triangular Cooperation with Cambodia, Lao PDR and Viet Nam

Malaysia
Malaysian company evinces interest in energy sector of Pakistan
Malaysia's Petronas sells December Muda, Cakerawala condensate at premiums-sources
Malaysia's Sarawak to drop demand for Petronas royalty hike
Lynas and Malaysia ink deal to sell rare earth waste, attract customers
Malaysia is targeting a higher level of renewables in its energy mix by 2025, says its environment minister
Malaysia and Australia Sign Peer-to-peer Energy Trading Tech Deal
Risen Energy expands footprint with 150MW module order for power station in Malaysia
Gas Malaysia strengthens commitment towards renewable energy
Malakoff collaborates with J-POWER to develop power generation and water projects
Consumers to enjoy more affordable rates with liberalised market
Permaju inks solar deal, eyes triple-digit revenue growth

Myanmar
Over 1,168 megawatts generated from seven gas-fired power plants
Southeast Asian conglomerates to pump US$30 million into renewable projects in Myanmar
Govt officially discloses results of energy tender after delay
Next bidding round expected in January, retired official says
Myanmar’s energy prospects, emergency tenders and renewables
Thai PTT to open first Myanmar filling station next year
VPower Group wins Myanmar’s emergency power tender
Thai, Burmese Companies Begin Controversial Mong Kok Coal Mining Project
Offshore Myanmar Platform FEED Goes to Doris, Hyundai
Hsipaw Locals Stop Dam Company From Entering Village
Myanmar’s draft oil and gas bill jeopardises next bidding round
Spending on electricity tops budget for the first time
Constructing product pipeline between India and Myanmar to transport petroleum: Assam industry minister

Philippines
DOE set to issue new rules on power firms’ CSP after standoff with Meralco
Monopoly’ issue renders Aboitiz bid for Sangley iffy
More private firms seen joining ‘build, build, build’
Philippines to present nuclear plan to IAEA
MORE allots P1.7 billion for Iloilo power system
Coal power plants flourish in the Philippines despite ‘climate emergency’
DOE explores potential of hydrogen as energy source
DOF welcomes new mining tax proposal
ERC tells 100 DUs, co-ops to show proof of CSP
Oil price rollbacks viewed as within the rules
Biomass now open to 100% foreign stake
SC orders ERC to review approval of Meralco’s unbundled rates
Malampaya’s finite bounty spurs hectic race for more renewables, other oil-gas fields
China sweetens joint energy exploration deal

Singapore
PacificLight launches household renewable energy certificates
French energy giant invests S$16m to develop up to four Singapore firms tackling climate change
More smart meters, customised energy-saving tips and incentives for going green for consumers
Singapore Sees Greener Future in Trading Power With Neighbors
UAE and Singapore expand energy sector collaboration
Singapore to ramp up solar energy production to power 350,000 homes by 2030
Natural gas to be ‘substantial part’ of Singapore's energy mix for next 50 years
Singapore to develop first virtual power plant to link and coordinate energy resources
Singapore sees world's first digital exchange platform for airlines to trade carbon credits

Thailand
1,500 Energy Experts Gather in Bangkok in November to Secure Thailand's Energy Future
Asian Development Bank invests in green bond with Energy Absolute
Energy Ministry sets E20 transition for early 2020
Cabinet okays Bt3.6 billion to speed up underground power line project
Energy Ministry to make E20 primary fuel
Ministries to help relieve Egat burden
PTT urged to accelerate gas business
Public hearings set for new community scheme
Community power plants considered as means to fight air pollution
Super Earth Energy 8 wins Nonthaburi RDF power plant project
Energy Ministry to phase out one fuel
Solar rooftop scheme falls short of goals
Growth in fuel consumption said to be in line with projected GDP increase

Vietnam
US partners with Việt Nam to build urban energy security
B.Grimm, Gulf ink Vietnam LNG deals
Vietnam Energy Outlook Report 2019 launched
Poyry nets Vietnam offshore gig
TechnipFMC lands EPC contract for offshore natural gas project in Vietnam
Danes map Vietnamese offshore potential
Vietnam’s first, Southeast Asia’s largest floating solar project secures funding
Ministry of Industry and Trade asks for supplement license of solar and wind power
VN, Norway seek LNG co-operation
Vietnam is pushing ahead of Southeast Asia in its drive for renewable energy
PVOIL and MoMo co-operate for cashless payment of petrol
Work starts on 2,000 tonne waste-to-energy plant in HCM City
Efficient use among best solutions amid rising power demand
 
ARTICLE CLIPS
 
 
ASEAN

Vietnam outpaces Indonesia in solar energy growth The Jakarta Post 5th Nov 2019
Attractive regulations have pushed an eightfold increase in solar energy adoption in Vietnam in the past two years, leaving Indonesia in the dust, even though the latter issued similar regulations six months earlier. While Indonesia’s installed solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity declined by 37 percent between 2017 and 2018, Vietnam’s capacity skyrocketed by 803 percent in the same period, according to BP’s latest annual Statistical Review of World Energy.

Egat talks power trade with Cambodia, Myanmar Bangkok Post 5th Nov 2019
The state-run Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (Egat) is planning to talk with power authorities in Cambodia and Myanmar to trade electricity from Thailand at a combined capacity of 500 megawatts. Patana Sangsriroujana, deputy governor for policy and planning, said Egat has been ordered by Energy Minister Sontirat Sontijirawong to talk with the two governments about future power trading.

World Bank sees rise in energy financing for LNG, RE projects Manila Bulletin Business 5th Nov 2019
The World Bank Group is anticipating that financing flow in energy projects will be largely dominated by new projects in the liquefied natural gas (LNG) and renewable energy (RE) sectors in the near- to longer-term investment horizons. “LNG will remain to have a lot of space in energy financing as gas demand increases in Asia. LNG will play a key role as the cost of gas comes down substantially, so I see LNG financing going up,” said Ranjit Lamech, regional director of the World Bank’s Infrastructure Department in East and the Pacific region, at the Singapore Energy Summit.

Asia Clean Energy Summit 2019 Scoop News 5th Nov 2019
Dr Koh Poh Koon, Senior Minister of State Ministry of Trade and Industry in Singapore, highlighted some of the key developments in Singapore supporting Singapore's transition towards a sustainable future at ACES 2019. Chairman of SEAS White Paper Committee Dr Sanjay Kuttan (fourth from left) and EDB Assistant Managing Director Mr Damian Chan (third from right) launched a carbon white paper that identifies key opportunities for Singapore to accelerate its decarbonisation efforts across the energy value and supply chain.

Malaysia, Singapore continue energy talks The Malaysian Reserve 11th Oct 2019
Malaysia is expected to conduct further discussions with Singapore to potentially bring the latter onboard the ASEAN Power Grid that would provide business-to-business (B2B) opportunities in the new energy space. Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change Minister Yeo Bee Yin (picture) said she will be attending the Singapore International Energy Week later this month to continue discussions between both nations towards an energy supply agreement.

America's EXIM Bank to expand trade insurance tie-ups with Japan Nikkei Asian Review 2nd Nov 2019
The U.S. and Japanese governments plan to expand trade insurance they jointly offer on energy, aircraft and other deals to better compete with Chinese companies for big projects in Asia, Nikkei has learned. Washington and Tokyo will target Japanese-led projects with U.S. participation, with the American side taking on some of the risk of those deals. Japan's Nippon Export and Investment Insurance and the Export-Import Bank of the United States, both state-sponsored bodies, are scheduled to sign an agreement Monday. The Japanese and U.S. governments help mitigate risks exporters face from such threats as armed conflicts, natural disasters and corporate bankruptcies at export destinations, thereby easing private sector lending for such deals. The new arrangement will cover export deals that Japanese companies lead, such as liquefied natural gas plants and the mid-sized passenger plane SpaceJet developed by Mitsubishi Aircraft. The amount of coverage per deal is expected to range from several hundred million dollars to more than $1 billion. Until now, the U.S. only jointly offered trade insurance on American-led deals, but the projects that are seeing high demand in the Indo-Pacific region are mostly related to infrastructure development and energy facilities that Japanese companies excel at. Consequently, by adding Japan-led projects to the mix of deals that the U.S. reinsures, the partners aim to expand funding for them and seal more contracts. According to the Asian Development Bank, the demand for infrastructure in Asia will total about $26 trillion between 2016 and 2030. The strengthening of cooperation between the Japanese and U.S. trade insurers was looked into at the request of the U.S. side. As China aggressively expands investment in the region under its Belt and Road policy, Washington appears to be seeking a counterweight.

Brunei

China's Hengyi exports first LPG cargo from Brunei refinery - co exec Reuters 5th Nov 2019
China’s Hengyi Petrochemical Co Ltd exported its first cargo of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) from its newly commissioned refinery in Brunei, a company executive told Reuters on Monday.

China's Hengyi Petrochemical launches Brunei refinery plant Reuters 5th Nov 2019
China’s Hengyi Petrochemical Co Ltd has launched an oil refinery and petrochemical facility in Brunei, the company said in a filling to the Shenzhen Stock Exchange on Sunday.

Brunei: Total Sells Its Interest in Offshore Block CA1 Business Wire 30th Oct 2019
Total (Paris:FP) (LSE:TTA) (NYSE:TOT) has signed an agreement to sell wholly owned subsidiary Total E&P Deep Offshore Borneo BV — which holds an 86.95% interest in Block CA1, located 100 kilometers off the coast of Brunei — to Shell1 for $300 million. The transaction is subject to approval by the competent authorities and is expected to close by December 2019.

BSP drilling new well off Brunei Upstream Online 11th Oct 2019
Brunei Shell Petroleum is drilling a shallow-water exploration well near its Champion field using the jack-up rig Deep Driller 5

Cambodia

Maybank lauds Mega First’s Cambodian power project Phnom Penh Post 5th Nov 2019
Maybank Investment Bank Research is positive on the progress of Mega First Corp Bhd’s (MFCB) transmission line from the Don Sahong Hydropower Project in Khong district in Laos’ Champasak province to Cambodia’s Stung Treng province. On Tuesday, it said the line is expected to be completed by early December, in time for Don Sahong’s commercial operations in January.

ISDN in tie-up to build Cambodia power plant The Straits Times 5th Nov 2019
Mainboard-listed ISDN Holdings has taken a 33 per cent stake in a joint venture that will build an 80MW hydroelectric power plant in Cambodia. The industrial automation firm will inject US$500,000 (S$679,000) as equity into the joint venture and another US$2.5 million as a shareholder loan representing the expected sum for the project's initial development phase, it said yesterday.

Cambodian oil: the dream that refuses to die Nikkei Asian Review 1st Nov 2019
Block A -- Cambodia's most promising oil concession -- is the dream that refuses to die. The concession's Apsara field, if fully tapped, would help diversify an economy heavily reliant on garment exports -- and increasingly Chinese investment.

Celebrating the Kingdom’s achievements in clean energy Khmer Times 31st Oct 2019
Starting today Cambodia celebrates its achievements in adopting renewable energy with a series of events as part of Clean Energy Week 2019. Clean Energy Week 2019, held on Nov 1-7, is Cambodia’s biggest convention on clean energy with more than 30 events taking place across the capital.

How solar can shore up Cambodia's energy needs Southeast Asia Globe 31st Oct 2019
Cambodia has more to fear than most nations from the impending climate crisis. A 2015 United Nations report predicted that Cambodia would be the world’s ninth-most vulnerable nation for natural disasters brought on by rising temperatures... The arguments for solar power as a solution to Cambodia’s energy woes are strong.

Japanese firm acquires stake at upcoming Pursat hydropower plant Khmer Times 30th Oct 2019
Japanese power firm eRex Co Ltd announced last week its involvement in the construction and management of an 80-megawatt hydropower plant in Pursat province. The Tokyo-based company plans to invest $23.5 million to secure a 34 percent stake in the project, with Asia Energy Power Co. of Cambodia and ISDN Energy Pte. Ltd. of Singapore holding a 33 percent stake each, NNA, a Japanese news agency, reported last week.

Sold down the river: hydropower on the Mekong Economist Espresso 27th Oct 2019
Power generation is set to start this week at the Xayaburi dam in northern Laos. Since construction began in 2010, some 5m cubic meters of concrete have been poured into raising a 38-metre wall and structures on the greatest of all South-East Asian waterways. The Mekong is the world’s largest inland fishery, and the most biodiverse river after the Amazon. Critics warn of devastating consequences for the flow of fish, sediments and nutrients of a river that feeds tens of millions of people. The World Bank and the Asian Development Bank refused to back the project. Xayaburi is only the first of a planned 11 dams on the Lower Mekong (nine are in Laos; two in Cambodia). The hydroelectric power plant has a capacity of 1,285 megawatts. Thailand, whose banks financed it, will buy 95% of the energy. The power and the profits will remain in Thailand and Laos; the environmental and social consequences will largely be borne by the lower riparian countries, Cambodia and Vietnam.

Cambodia Solar Profile: Cambodia Reaches a Climate Change, Clean Energy and Sustainable Development Tipping Point Solar Magazine 21st Oct 2019
Twenty-six bidders submitted proposals to develop a 60 megawatt (MW) solar power project to state-owned Electricite du Cambodge (EDC) in September. The average bid price set a record low for Southeast Asia, which should persuade neighboring governments to embrace auctions, according to the Asian Development Bank (ADB). Thailand private equity company Prime Road Alternative Co. Ltd. reportedly submitted the lowest bid.

PTT keen to export Cambodian crude in future Khmer Times 13th Oct 2019
PTT Public Company Limited, a Thai state-owned and SET-listed oil and gas company, last week expressed interest in exporting crude oil from Cambodia. Cheap Sour, director-general of the general department of petroleum, on Friday said that the firm was keen to export the Kingdom’s crude oil during preliminary talks with the Mines and Energy Ministry. “We welcome their interest, but they haven’t laid out any concrete plan on the move yet because this is just the first discussion and there will be more talks,” he noted.

Cambodia jumps 12 spots in global energy sustainability survey Khmer Times 8th Oct 2019
Cambodia’s ranking in the latest global energy sustainability survey has improved dramatically, indicating that the Kingdom’s efforts to solve its energy woes and providing an adequate power supply are making headway. This also means that Cambodia, which suffered a crippling power problem a few months ago, has recovered well from that crisis. After many of its hydropower dams dried up because of a lingering drought, Cambodia was forced to ration power in many parts of the country early this year.

Concern over Cambodia, Laos coal power deal The Straits Times 15th Oct 2019
With plans for cross-border electricity grids growing in the region, Laos is banking on hydropower exports to earn revenue. But a recent deal to also sell coal power generated in Laos to Cambodia has sparked environmental concerns over this trade. Last month, Cambodia's state-owned utility firm Electricite Du Cambodge signed a 30-year deal to buy coal power from two producers with a combined capacity of 2,400 megawatts (MW) situated in Laos' Xekong province. The two companies - Xekong Thermal Power Plant Company and TSBP Sekong Power and Mineral Company - will start supplying power from 2024. Cambodia is trying to maintain its momentum as one of the fastest growing economies in Asean, even as it grapples with having one of the highest electricity tariffs in the region. Securing steady supply is a big challenge. Last year, Cambodia's domestic sources of power had an installed capacity of 2,208MW.

Indonesia

Indonesia coal benchmark price set at $66.27/T for Nov - ministry Reuters 5th Nov 2019
The Indonesian government set the coal benchmark price (HBA) for November at $66.27 per tonne, an increase from $64.80 per tonne a month earlier, the energy ministry document showed on Tuesday

New Administration, New Hope for Geothermal Energy? Jakarta Globe 5th Nov 2019
A decision by Perusahaan Listrik Negara, or PLN, the state utility company, to ink a new investment deal for a coal-fired power plant in Suralaya, Cilegon, this year has raised some eyebrows. The power plant, which will be operating under a PLN subsidiary, would increase the total installed capacity of Suralaya Power Plant by up to 6,025 megawatts. While this will be a significant contribution to President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's 35,000-megawatt target (around 20 percent of the power supply in Java and Bali), the decision has put another question mark over his administration's already sluggish commitment to renewable energy.

Indonesia’s biodiesel plan fires up ‘red hot’ palm oil prices Financial Times 5th Nov 2019
Palm oil prices have soared as Indonesia, the world’s largest producer, prepares to increase the use of biodiesel made from the commodity, while output growth has been sluggish because of dry weather. Benchmark palm oil prices in Malaysia are up almost a fifth from the start of the year at RM2,513 ($608) a tonne. They have risen nearly a third since this year’s low in July.

CORRECTED-Indonesia's 2020 biodiesel consumption seen at 9.5 mln KL Reuters 5th Nov 2019
The Indonesian Biofuel Producers Association (APROBI) estimates around 9.5 million kilolitres (KL) of domestic biodiesel consumption in 2020 as the country implements B30 programme

Indonesia Suspends Nickel Ore Exports With Immediate Effect Bloomberg 28th Oct 2019
Indonesia suspended exports of nickel ore with immediate effect after a planned ban on shipments from the beginning of next year led to a rush to beat the deadline. The mineral meant for exports during the rest of the year will be absorbed by domestic companies with smelters, Indonesia’s Investment Coordinating Board Chairman Bahlil Lahadalia told reporters in Jakarta on Monday. The government and nickel miners association agreed to halt exports immediately and there won’t be any notification issued in this regard, he said. Nickel rose as much as 1.2% to reach $16,980 a ton on the London Metal Exchange after the news. Prices peaked at $18,060 in early September immediately after Indonesia first announced plans to expedite the ore ban. Shares of nickel producers also rallied on the news with MMC Norilsk Nickel PJSC jumping as much as 7%. Indonesian companies with outstanding export contracts will need to find ways to avoid possible penalties, Lahadalia said. Local smelters can buy ore committed for shipments at prices prevailing in China after deducting taxes and shipment costs, he said. The move to halt nickel ore exports is in line with President Joko Widodo’s plan to turn Indonesia into a processor of its mineral resources than a mere supplier of raw materials. In August, the government brought forward a planned ban on exports of nickel ore by two years to the start of January, potentially removing millions of tons of supply from the market and threatening a global shortage.

Government Finally Lowers Capacity Charge for Industrial Rooftop Solar Projects Lexology 24th Oct 2019
The Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources ("MEMR") has decided to lower the monthly capacity charge payable by PLN's industrial customers who want to have their own rooftop solar projects to supplement their electricity supply. MEMR Regulation No. 16 of 2019 on the Second Amendment of Regulation No. 49 of 2018 on Utilization of Rooftop Solar Power Plants System by PLN's Customers ("Regulation 16") slashed the amount of capacity charge to 1/8 of the original amount under the previous regulation. Before the issuance of Regulation 16, PLN industrial customers that had rooftop solar projects were subject to a monthly 40 hours capacity charge, which is the same amount payable by PLN's customers that have load based captive power plants. This capacity charge was considered by PLN customers to be commercially not viable; the good news now is that Regulation 16 has cut the capacity charge to only five hours. The MEMR's decision to lower the capacity charge in a ministerial regulation and to eliminate the emergency energy charge demonstrates that the Government is committed to doing more to support renewables in Indonesia. Particularly as the regulation follows on the heels of another amendment to Regulation 49, which removes the requirement to obtain a captive electricity license (known as izin operasi) and an operation worthiness certificate for captive power plants with a capacity of 500 kVA or less. With more companies pledging to rely significantly, or entirely, on renewables, hopefully this regulation will encourage the development of more rooftop solar projects in Indonesia.

Collapse in Coal Prices Spurs Distress for Indonesian Miners Bloomberg 20th Oct 2019
The global collapse in coal prices this year has dealt a particularly heavy blow to miners in Indonesia, the top exporter and one of the largest producers of the fuel. Bonds from the country’s financially weak miners have suffered more than peers elsewhere in Asia due to a lack of diversification and state backing that many competitors enjoy. Prices of thermal coal -- the kind burned by power plants -- have slumped about 33% this year, and at least four U.S. firms have gone bankrupt.

Indonesia needs $6 billion to boost oil production to 1 million bpd The Jakarta Post 16th Oct 2019
Indonesia needs to raise at least US$6 billion in investment over the next 10 years to boost domestic oil production to 1 million barrels per day (bpd) by 2030 as targeted by the government, a business association has estimated. “Hundreds of exploration wells need to be drilled,” John Karamoy, the chairman of the Oil and Gas Companies Association (Asper Miga) at an industry discussion in Jakarta on Oct. 10. He said the estimate, which averages out at $600 million per year, was based on the assumption that Indonesia, as a mature oil and gas producing country, could find one oil discovery for every five drills.

Government launches tax exemption app for imported oil and gas equipment The Jakarta Post 15th Oct 2019
Six governmental bodies launched in Jakarta on Monday an application for oil and gas companies to apply for duty exemptions on imported exploration equipment. The Finance Ministry said in a statement that the purpose of the app was to streamline and simplify the application process for the Finance Ministry Exemption Letter (SKEP).

Indonesia’s Duri Oil Surges to Widest Premium Ever on Ship Rules Bloomberg 9th Oct 2019
Indonesia’s Duri crude surged to the biggest premium over the nation’s flagship Minas grade in at least 23 years as demand for heavy-sweet oil surges ahead of the introduction of cleaner ship-fuel rules. Duri oil can be directly blended to make low-sulfur shipping fuel, according to a company official at Indonesia’s state-owned marketer PT Pertamina, making it popular with buyers ahead of regulations mandating the use of cleaner-burning fuel that take effect Jan. 1. September shipments were $6.82 a barrel above Minas, the biggest premium in data compiled by Bloomberg since 1996.

Indonesia Starts Fund for Carbon Trading to Meet Emission Goals Bloomberg 9th Oct 2019
Indonesia plans to develop a market for carbon trading under a new agency formed to fund efforts to meet greenhouse gas emission reduction target under the Paris climate pact. The Environment Fund Agency will have an initial capital of 2.1 trillion rupiah ($148 million) and will be supervised by the finance ministry, Environment and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya Bakar told reporters in Jakarta on Wednesday.

Indonesia allows nine companies to resume nickel ore exports Reuters 11th Nov 2019
Indonesia has allowed nine companies to resume nickel ore exports after inspections into reports of ore export rules violations, Heru Pambudi, the director general of the country’s customs office, said on Monday. Among the companies allowed to export ore again are state-controlled miner PT Aneka Tambang and PT Trimegah Bangun Persada, according to an official document reviewed by Reuters and verified by a mining ministry official on Monday. Indonesia, the world’s biggest nickel ore exporter, had halted shipments on Oct. 28 following reports showed a surge in exports after the country brought forward a ban on exports by two years to January. To export nickel ore, Indonesian miners are required to build smelters and authorities would review progress of their projects every six months. “The nine companies have shown that their smelter projects were progressing as planned, have valid exports approval documents and their ores met with required contents,” Pambudi said to reporters after a meeting with Luhut Pandjaitan, the coordinating minister who oversees the mining sector. Two other exporters are still facing further review related to the progress of their smelters development, Pambudi said. Authorities were reviewing a total of 11 companies, he said. Luhut Pandjaitan also told reporters that the review of the two other companies will “hopefully” finish this week.

Indonesia Revokes Temporary Suspension of Nickel Ore Exports Bloomberg 7th Nov 2019
Indonesia lifted a suspension on exports of nickel ore announced last week following a surge in shipments ahead of a ban on overseas sales starting next year. Companies meeting all the rules related to smelter investment and exports can resume shipments immediately, Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Pandjaitan told reporters in Jakarta on Thursday. Some traders may have already started exporting the mineral again, he said. Indonesia halted nickel ore shipments to verify if exporters were in compliance with various rules. Monthly shipments of nickel ore surged to 100-130 cargoes since the announcement of a ban on shipments two years earlier than previously set and officials suspected traders were shipping out ore with nickel content of more than 1.7% in violation of rules. Global nickel prices surged in September to the highest since 2014 after President Joko Widodo’s government said the ban would kick in from the start of 2020, setting off a scramble for supplies and rush among Indonesian miners to beat the deadline. The audit of about 30 companies with permits to export nickel ore will be completed in about seven to 10 days, Pandjaitan said. The nation’s Investment Coordinating Board, which is scheduled to hold a meeting with miners on Monday, will outline the technical details of audit, the minister said. Indonesia’s Corruption Eradication Commission, known as KPK, will continue to monitor the progress of investment made by miners with export license in building smelters, Pandjaitan said.

Laos

Laos hydro project switched on along dried-out Mekong phys.org 29th Oct 2019
A multi-billion dollar hydro-electric power plant on the Mekong river in Laos was officially switched on Tuesday, as drone images of dried-up downstream areas stirred fresh outcry on one of the world's great rivers. The Thai-owned Xayaburi dam has been a lightning rod for criticism even before construction began in 2012, with environmentalists warning of its devastating impact on the river's fish species, sediment and water levels.

Laos Urged to Cancel Latest Dam for Mainstream Mekong Voice of America 8th Nov 2019
Environmental rights groups are calling on Laos to cancel the latest hydro-electric dam it has approved for construction across the Mekong River, warning of dire consequences for the millions of people who rely on the waterway for a living.

MRC forum tackles hydropower dam proposed by Laos Khmer Times 6th Nov 2019
The Mekong River Commission, member countries and relevant partners yesterday discussed procedures for a technical review of Laos’ planned Luang Prabang hydropower project. About 200 people comprising representatives of member countries Cambodia, Thailand, Laos and Vietnam, civil society, academics, private sector and development partners were in Vientiane for the 8th MRC Regional Stakeholder Forum which began on Tuesday.

Chinese Support Gives Laos an Edge Over Powerful Neighbor Vietnam Voice of America 15th Oct 2019
A Mekong River hydropower dam scheduled to open this month worries Vietnam because the country sits just downriver from it and would be threatened by lower water flows. Officials in Hanoi aren't wildly protesting to the dam's host country, Laos, however, because Vietnam knows Laos has support from their much larger neighbor, China. Vietnamese leaders instead are approaching Laos cautiously about the dam, out of fear the tiny landlocked country would seek more of that help from Beijing, Southeast Asia scholars say. Vietnam struggles to get along with China and resents Chinese expansion in other parts of Asia.

Laos test-runs first turbine of Don Sahong hydropower plant VietnamPlus 15th Oct 2019
Laos recently put the first of the four turbines of Don Sahong hydropower plant, one of the two projects the country is constructing in the mainstream of the Mekong River, into trial run. Addressing the ceremony, Lao Minister of Energy and Mines Khammany Inthirath said that the test before the schedule is a great achievement of the country. Under the plan, the Don Sahong hydropower project will become fully operational at the end of this year.

IAEA Signs Practical Arrangements for Triangular Cooperation with Cambodia, Lao PDR and Viet Nam International Atomic Energy Agency 8th Oct 2019
Following the signature of two separate but complementary Practical Arrangements (PAs) on 17 September, the IAEA has established a new framework for south-south cooperation involving three Member States in the Asia and Pacific region alongside with the IAEA.

Malaysia

Malaysian company evinces interest in energy sector of Pakistan PakObserver 5th Nov 2019
Malaysian Oil and Gas Company Petronas has expressed interest to invest in the energy sector of Pakistan. The interest was expressed by CEO of Petronas during a meeting with Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi in Kuala Lumpur on Monday.

Malaysia's Petronas sells December Muda, Cakerawala condensate at premiums-sources Reuters 5th Nov 2019
Malaysia’s Petronas has sold December-loading Muda and Cakerawala condensate cargoes at premiums of above $2 a barrel to dated Brent via spot tenders, three traders told Reuters on Wednesday. The Cakerawala condensate cargo, loading over Dec 1-10, was sold to Thai refinery PTT at a premium of $2-$2.5 a barrel to dated Brent. The Muda condensate cargo, loading over Dec. 13-19, was sold at a premium of close to $3 a barrel to dated Brent to trading house Glencore. (Reporting by Shu Zhang, editing by Louise Heavens)

Malaysia's Sarawak to drop demand for Petronas royalty hike Reuters 5th Nov 2019
Malaysia’s energy-rich state of Sarawak will drop a demand for quadrupling royalties paid by energy giant Petronas but is pushing for production-sharing and other agreements, a key negotiator told Reuters on Wednesday. Sarawak and neighbouring Sabah possess Malaysia’s most prolific oil and gas reserves in their waters in the South China Sea. Their longstanding royalty demand would cost government-owned Petronas up to $7 billion a year, according to a rough calculation by a person aware of the matter.

Lynas and Malaysia ink deal to sell rare earth waste, attract customers MINING.COM 4th Nov 2019
Australian rare earths miner Lynas Corp (ASX: LYC) has signed a memorandum of understanding with a Malaysian government agency to collaborate on several key projects, including attracting downstream industries and customers to the South East Asian country. Under the agreement, Lynas, the world’s largest rare earths producer outside China, will also work with state agency MARA Corporation to commercialize certain waste residues from the company’s plant for use in agriculture.

Malaysia is targeting a higher level of renewables in its energy mix by 2025, says its environment minister CNBC 30th Oct 2019
Southeast Asian country Malaysia is looking to use a higher percentage of renewables in its energy mix in the next five years, its environment minister said on Tuesday. Yeo Bee Yin, who is Malaysia's minister for energy, science, technology, environment and climate change, said the country is targeting to generate 20% of its electricity from renewable energy sources by 2025 — up from 2% currently.

Malaysia and Australia Sign Peer-to-peer Energy Trading Tech Deal OpenGov Asia 11th Oct 2019
Malaysia’s Sustainable Energy Development Authority (SEDA) and an Australian technology firm will together launch an eight-month pilot project of the firm’s peer-to-peer energy trading technology.  The deal will see the firm test its blockchain-enabled P2P platform in Malaysia, with a trial due to start later this year. That pilot scheme will run for two months in an alpha test mode, before expanding to a beta run for six months.

Risen Energy expands footprint with 150MW module order for power station in Malaysia PV Tech 11th Oct 2019
Chinese solar panel maker Risen Energy has signed off on an order to provide 150MW of high-efficiency PV modules to a power station in Malaysia. This stands as the biggest module order Risen Energy has ever carried out to date both in Malaysia and from an overseas floating power station.

Gas Malaysia strengthens commitment towards renewable energy The Malaysian Reserve 10th Oct 2019
Guided by its vision to be an innovative value-added energy solutions provider, Gas Malaysia Bhd, a member of MMC Corp Bhd, continues its aim to foster long-term sustainable development in its business activities. On Oct 8, Gas Malaysia’s wholly owned subsidiary — Gas Malaysia Virtual Pipeline Sdn Bhd (GMVP) signed a gas purchase agreement with Kulim Green Energy Ventures Sdn Bhd — a joint-venture company between Kulim (M) Bhd (a wholly owned subsidiary of Johor Corp), O’Rec IND Sdn Bhd and MTC Engineering Sdn Bhd.

Malakoff collaborates with J-POWER to develop power generation and water projects New Strait Times 22nd Oct 2019
Malakoff Corp Bhd and Electric Power Development Co Ltd (J-POWER) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to develop potential greenfield and brownfield power generation and water projects globally including Malaysia. In a statement released today, the company said the strategic collaboration will see both parties jointly evaluate potential development of power and water projects.

Consumers to enjoy more affordable rates with liberalised market New Strait Times 21st Oct 2019
Contestable market or liberalisation in the local utility sector is vital as it provide consumers alternative solutions with more choices and flexibility when buying electricity. Accenture Singapore Asean Smart Grid Services Lead managing director Lim Chih Shoong said liberalised electricity market provides consumers with competitive pricing and innovative offers while enjoying the same electricity supply.

Permaju inks solar deal, eyes triple-digit revenue growth New Strait Times 21st Oct 2019
Sabah-based Permaju Industries Bhd has forayed into solar power generation business in a move to increase revenue by triple-digit growth, people with knowledge on the matter said. Permaju, which is listed on Bursa Malaysia’s Main Market, is expected to invest between RM350 million and RM400 million to develop a solar energy generation facility in Negri Sembilan.

Myanmar

Over 1,168 megawatts generated from seven gas-fired power plants Eleven Media Group Co., Ltd 1st Nov 2019
Seven gas-fired power plants are now generating over 1,168-MW electricity before summer in 2020. Moreover, the plants will be joining the national grid system boosting Myanmar’s power capacity, according to the Ministry of Electricity and Energy.

Southeast Asian conglomerates to pump US$30 million into renewable projects in Myanmar Eco-Business 1st Nov 2019
Two Southeast Asian business conglomerates have teamed up to invest at least US$30 million in renewable energy projects in Myanmar, which has one the region’s lowest rates of access to grid electricity. Myanmar-focused Yoma Strategic Holdings, which is listed on the Singapore stock exchange, will form a 50:50 joint venture with AC Energy, the energy arm of Ayala Corporation of the Philippines, to drive the growth of Yoma Micro Power.

Govt officially discloses results of energy tender after delay The Myanmar Times 28th Oct 2019
The government issued a tender for five projects in June to bring in plants and barges with the aim of adding 1070 megawatts of power by next summer and avoiding this year’s power cuts. The tender requirements – including the implementation deadline (210 days), heavy penalties for missing the deadline and short contractual term of five years – came under fire from industry consultants and experts.

Next bidding round expected in January, retired official says The Myanmar Times 28th Oct 2019
Having planned to start the process in the first half of 2019, the government has delayed the international bidding round in order to get the new bill in place. “We are now expecting to call the next bidding round in January 2020, after the new terms are approved under the bill,” said U Zaw Aung, a retired director general at Oil and Gas Planning Department.

Myanmar’s energy prospects, emergency tenders and renewables The Myanmar Times 24th Oct 2019
The Myanmar government has put in place the National Electrification Plan to achieve 100 percent electrification by 2030, but implementation is behind schedule, putting the country at risk of a potential energy crisis. Electricity generation was 600 megawatts short of demand during this year’s hot season. As of now, there are 83 power plants in Myanmar, including 62 hydropower stations, 20 gas power plants, and one coal plant. The current generation capacity is around 3.6 gigawatts. 

Thai PTT to open first Myanmar filling station next year The Myanmar Times 22nd Oct 2019
“The first PTT station in Myanmar is slated to open before the second quarter of next year,” said Buranin Rattanasombat, vice president of PTT Oil and Retail Business, which includes gas stations, coffee shops and convenience stores. Having set up around 300 PTT stations in Cambodia, Laos and the Philippines, the Myanmar market is now the focus, Mr Rattanasombat added. 

VPower Group wins Myanmar’s emergency power tender The Myanmar Times 11th Oct 2019
The consortium said it won three projects that would use imported liquefied natural gas in Rakhine’s Kyaukphyu, Yangon’s Thanlyin and Thaketa, totalling 900 megawatts. It also secured a 20MW project that would use gas supplied by the government in Kyun Chaung.

Thai, Burmese Companies Begin Controversial Mong Kok Coal Mining Project Burma News International 17th Oct 2019
Thai and Burmese companies have begun exploratory digging in preparation to jointly operate a coal mine in the Mong Kok area of eastern Shan State’s Mong Hsat Township. Sahakol Equipment, a Thai mining contractor, and Golden Lake Co., Ltd, of Burma, signed a memorandum of understanding in July to run the mine together. Heavy equipment has already been sent to the mining site, locals said.

Offshore Myanmar Platform FEED Goes to Doris, Hyundai Rigzone 16th Oct 2019
South Korea-based POSCO International has awarded DORIS Engineering and Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) the front-end engineering design (FEED) contract for the Shwe Project Phase 3 development offshore Myanmar, DORIS reported Wednesday.

Hsipaw Locals Stop Dam Company From Entering Village Burma News International 15th Oct 2019
Locals in northern Shan State’s Hsipaw Township say that they are ready to stand against a planned hydropower dam on the Nam Ma River because of its potential impact on their livelihoods and environment. The Yangon-based Unienergy Co. Ltd. plans to build a dam at the junction of the Nam Ma and Nam Paung rivers near Hseng Liang village in Hsipaw Township. Company representatives went to the area on October 10 to discuss the highly contested project with villagers, who blocked them from entering their village and in turn protested the dam. “If they build a hydropower dam, orange farms and many trees which are nearby the river will be gone underwater,” Sai Thein Myint, who lives in the Nam Ma area, told NMG. “Many local people who are living on the banks of Nam Ma River will have to relocate their homes. I am sure these houses will be underwater after the completion of the dam construction.”

Myanmar’s draft oil and gas bill jeopardises next bidding round The Myanmar Times 14th Oct 2019
Time is running out for the Ministry of Electricity and Energy to launch the round by the end of the year, having initially planned to start the process in the first half of 2019. The government published the revised text of the draft oil and gas law for public consultation in August with the aim of reforming the legal framework and replacing the 1957 petroleum resources act. But the association representing oil and gas investors has highlighted its objections to parliament in a letter, of which The Myanmar Times has seen extracts.

Spending on electricity tops budget for the first time The Myanmar Times 10th Oct 2019
The government is expected to spend a total of K35.2 trillion between October 1, 2019 and September 30, 2020, registering a wider deficit of K6.7 trillion, or 5.7 percent of GDP, for the period.  “The budget deficit is expected to widen as government spending will increase this year,” said Daw Thida Tun, director general at the Budget Department under the Ministry of Planning and Finance (MOPF).  “A higher proportion of the Budget has been allocated to the energy and electricity sector for the benefit of the public” she added. Parliament approved funds of over K8 trillion for the Ministry of Electricity and Energy (MOEE) in fiscal 2019-20, which is up by more than 28pc compared to the K6.2 trillion received by the ministry in the previous fiscal year.

Constructing product pipeline between India and Myanmar to transport petroleum: Assam industry minister The Economic Times 5th Oct 2019
Assam industry minister Chandra Mohan Patwary said that a product pipeline will be constructed between India and Myanmar to transport petroleum product from Northeast India to Myanmar. IIM Kolkata will assist Assam government in obtaining geographical indication for Assam tea. Patwary said capacity of two refineries Numaligarh Refinery and Bongaigaon RefineryNSE 0.00 % is augmented following which Indian export petroleum products will be exported to Myanmar. “The work for Barauni in Bihar to Guwahati in Assam pipeline has started by GAIL India Limited. The project will require over Rs 6,000 crore investment.”

Philippines

DOE set to issue new rules on power firms’ CSP after standoff with Meralco Business Mirror 11th Nov 2019
THE Department of Energy (DOE) is expected to issue new rules on the competitive selection process (CSP) to govern power firms that are engaged in both power generation and distribution. This proposal was raised by Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi following the still unresolved issue on the rebidding of 1,200 megawatt (MW) greenfield power-supply requirement of the Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) via CSP. Cusi has provided inputs to Meralco on how the power-supply contract should be bidded out. Meralco, on the other hand, has insisted on its own terms of reference (TOR). Cusi said the agency received a letter from Meralco explaining why it prefers a new power plant, rather than existing power facilities, to supply the utility firm. There were also other concerns raised by Meralco in the letter.

Monopoly’ issue renders Aboitiz bid for Sangley iffy Business Mirror 11th Nov 2019
DUE to control issue and other factors, Aboitiz InfraCapital Inc. said it is not sure whether or not it will bid for the $10-billion Sangley International airport project. The company is among the members of the Naia Consortium that offers to rehabilitate and expand the country’s main aviation facility. Other members of the consortium are AC Infrastructure Holdings Corp., Alliance Global Group Inc., AEDC, Filinvest Development Corp., JG Summit Holdings Inc. and Metro Pacific Investments Corp. The possibility of a monopoly is, likewise, one of the concerns that Aboitiz InfraCapital is studying with regard to its participation in the auction, she added.

More private firms seen joining ‘build, build, build’ Daily Inquirer 11th Nov 2019
Even with the tighter rules to be imposed on public-private partnership (PPP) projects, the country’s chief economist is optimistic that more private firms will participate in the Duterte administration’s ambitious “Build, Build, Build” infrastructure program. Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto M. Pernia told reporters last week that “they [the private sector] know already” that provisions deemed detrimental to the government would not be included in PPP contracts. The PPP guidelines to be issued by the government will also serve as a model for future contracts, especially for airports. “What we did for Bulacan, Clark and Bohol-Panglao [airports] will be the template for Davao and Laguindingan,” Pernia said, referring to the pending unsolicited proposals from Dennis Uy-led Chelsea Logistics and Infrastructure Holdings Corp. and the Aboitiz Group, respectively. But Pernia said regional airports would no longer be lumped together into a single PPP project, as was done during the previous administration. Last week, presidential adviser for flagship programs and projects Vivencio Dizon told the Inquirer that the Aboitiz Group’s unsolicited proposal to operate and maintain the New Panglao Bohol International Airport, the San Miguel Corp. (SMC)-led Bulacan International Airport and the rehabilitation of the country’s main gateway, Ninoy Aquino International Airport, to be undertaken by seven conglomerates were among the 26 PPP projects included in the longer Build, Build, Build list that covered 100 projects. Dizon said other “major” unsolicited airport PPP projects were also made part of Build, Build, Build. Only nine of the original list of 75 projects had private sector participation—eight PPPs and one to be implemented by a private firm.

Philippines to present nuclear plan to IAEA BusinessWorld 31st Oct 2019
THE GOVERNMENT will present a plan to revive the country’s nuclear energy development program in a meeting next month with the United Nations’ International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Energy Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi said at the handover event of the phase one report of the Integrated Nuclear Infrastructure Review (INIR) mission at the F1 Hotel Manila in Taguig City. The IAEA on Wednesday officially turned over to the Department of Energy (DoE) its 19-point INIR on the Philippines’ readiness to develop nuclear energy as a resource. It cited the Philippine government’s need to hold more public consultations, legislate a legal and regulatory framework, and address infrastructure and other concerns related to a nuclear power program.

MORE allots P1.7 billion for Iloilo power system BusinessWorld 28th Oct 2019
MORE Electric and Power Corp. has countered the projected capital outlay of Panay Electric Co., Inc. (PECO) with a bigger budget at a shorter period of P1.7 billion to upgrade the power distribution system of Iloilo City. Roel Z. Castro, president of MORE, said in a statement on Monday that the P1.1-billion capital expenditure of PECO for the next 10 years is “more or less” the amount it owed to the city’s electricity consumers. “So tama lang (So it’s just right that) they will pump it in because utang nila ’yan sa (they owe that to) consumers. In fact, they have to spend that in 10 weeks, not 10 years,” he added. Mr. Castro, who described PECO as “franchise-denied,” said consumers had been paying the amount for years, but the utility did not invest what was collected in the past. His statement is the latest in the exchange of words through media between MORE, the new utility franchise owner in Iloilo City, and PECO, the area’s distribution utility for 95 years whose franchise had expired.

Coal power plants flourish in the Philippines despite ‘climate emergency’ Mongabay Environmental News 28th Oct 2019
In 1996, when a community in the Philippine municipality of Pagbilao agreed to house a coal power plant a few hours’ drive from Manila, the residents had high hopes. The fishing town saw in the dominating edifice full-time jobs and food on the table, says Warren Puno of the Catholic diocese of Lucena, the provincial capital. What they didn’t expect, however, was for additional coal plants to follow suit. After Pagbilao, another power station mushroomed in the nearby municipality of Mauban in 2000; the two plants have a combined generating capacity of 1,594 megawatts, earning the region the title of the “coal corridor” of the Philippines as it’s the only province to house two major coal plants. They also make the region the biggest power producer for the grid that serves the central island group of Luzon. President Rodrigo Duterte inaugurated a third plant (the 21st nationwide) on Oct. 16, the 500 MW San Buenaventura Power facility in Mauban, citing the venture as a prime example of “clean coal technology” and a significant addition to the country’s green energy roadmap.

DOE explores potential of hydrogen as energy source Manila Bulletin 26th Oct 2019
The Department of Energy (DOE) is advancing pitch for hydrogen as added option for the future energy resources that can be utilized in the Philippine energy sector.Energy Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi indicated that the energy department had tapped a Japanese entity to study hydrogen as probable resource addition to comprise the country’s energy mix – whether for battery storage, alternative fuel for the transport sector or as tangible resource for power generation. Based on initial assessments of the Paris-based International Energy Agency (IEA), hydrogen could become “a critical part of a more sustainable and secure energy future,” especially when it reaches commercial-scale deployment in the energy sector. Prospects on hydrogen development as key facet of the world’s future energy mix took center stage when Japan hosted the G20 Summit in Osaka last June – with its Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) taking the lead. The IEA noted that based on the “hydrogen study” of METI, it has been established that this technology option “is currently receiving strong support from governments and businesses around the world, with the number of policies and projects expanding rapidly.” In the Philippines, in particular, it’s the Royal Dutch Shell group that has been advancing the commercial deployment of hydrogen as a feasible resource to underpin the country’s future energy needs.

DOF welcomes new mining tax proposal philstar.com 21st Oct 2019
The Department of Finance (DOF) has welcomed the proposal of Albay Rep. and House ways and means committee chairman Joey Salceda to impose a new tax scheme for the mining sector, which would be used to create a sovereign wealth fund for the benefit of future generations. In an interview, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez said he supports the proposed creation of the National Resource Trust Fund, a sovereign wealth fund which would be used for development projects in communities affected by mining activities.

ERC tells 100 DUs, co-ops to show proof of CSP - Lenie Lectura BusinessMirror 21st Oct 2019
The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) directed more than 100 distribution utilities (DUs) and electric cooperatives (ECs) to submit a certification from the Department of Energy (DOE) attesting to their compliance with the government’s competitive selection process (CSP) rules. ERC Spokesman Rexie Digal said the commission’s directive was sent to a total of 117 DUs/ECs. One of ERC orders directed Pangasinan III Electric Cooperative, Inc. (Panelco) and SMC Consolidated Power Corp. “to comply with the pertinent rules and regulations of the DOE relative to the CSP requirements pursuant to the Supreme Court in the ABP [Alyansa Para Sa Bagong Pilipinas Inc.] case, and to submit the necessary DOE Certification attesting the parties’ compliance thereto.”

Oil price rollbacks viewed as within the rules Business World 14th Oct 2019
THE fuel pricing practices of oil companies seem to be within the bounds of the rules, economists said, casting doubt on the Department of Energy’s investigation into the extent of the industry’s latest fuel price rollback. The DoE on Oct. 1 asked oil companies to present the basis for their price reductions, which it claims should have been larger. The rollbacks followed a few days of price volatility after the drone attacks last month on the Saudi crude production facilities. Global prices settled back down after production was not disrupted as much as initially feared. “I have the impression that this is an accepted way to price,” University of Asia and the Pacific (UA&P) School of Economics associate professor Peter Lee U said in an Oct. 8 telephone interview. “But, if (the computations are) different, well, technically they are free. They’re only required by law to inform the DoE and they have.” Some oil companies on Sept. 30 cut prices by P1.45 per liter for gasoline, P0.60 for diesel, and P1.00 for kerosene. The DoE said prices could have been slashed further by P0.07 per liter for gasoline and by P0.16 per liter for diesel and kerosene.

Biomass now open to 100% foreign stake The Manila Times 14th Oct 2019
FOREIGN companies can now fully own and operate biomass power plants in the Philippines under a recently signed policy from the Department of Energy (DoE). The DoE’s newly-released omnibus guidelines for the award and administration of renewable energy (RE) contracts is intended for fast-tracking the development of RE sources such as solar, wind, hydro, biomass, geothermal and ocean energy, including hybrid systems. It also eliminates hindrances in harnessing RE sources such as application and permitting processes.

SC orders ERC to review approval of Meralco’s unbundled rates news.abs-cbn.com 11th Oct 2019
n a bid to reduce electricity costs, the Supreme Court has ordered the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) to review its approval of Meralco's valuation of its regulatory asset base and determine whether expenses not directly related to the distribution utility can be passed on to consumers. In its en banc session Tuesday, the high court voided ERC’s approval of Meralco’s unbundled rates for violating its statutory mandate to provide electricity to consumers “in the least cost manner” after it found that the commission ignored the findings of the Commission on Audit (COA).

Malampaya’s finite bounty spurs hectic race for more renewables, other oil-gas fields - Lenie Lectura BusinessMirror 10th Oct 2019
HE Philippines continues to be confronted with energy supply challenges. But one that has to be dealt with immediately is the urgency to find and develop new energy sources to fill the void that will be left in the wake of the Malampaya gas field depletion. If no viable alternatives to the gas field—supplying more than 40 percent of Luzon’s power requirement—are presented anytime soon, it is possible that rotational brownouts may hit Luzon again. “Unless we find new indigenous natural gas deposits or develop the capacity to import and process natural gas, we stand to lose a tremendous amount of energy-generation capacity. This will compromise our energy supply stability in the coming decades,” Senate energy committee head Sherwin Gatchalian said. The latest discovery announced by the Department of Energy (DOE) is the Alegria oil field, which is found to have commercial quantities of natural gas and oil resources. However, it could only power up a 60-megawatt (MW) gas plant and produce only 180 to 360 barrels of oil per day.

China sweetens joint energy exploration deal BusinessMirror 7th Oct 2019
HINA has expanded its offer in its proposed oil and gas exploration deal with the country in the West Philippine Sea (WPS), according to President Duterte. Aside from giving Philippines a bigger share in the resources, Duterte said the Chinese government said it is now willing to shoulder additional expenses in the deal. “Now there is something new [in the negotiation]—China is proposing 60-40 [resource sharing], where 60 [percent] will be our [share]. They will also provide for the equipment and the [operation] of the rig,” Duterte disclosed during a forum in Russia on Saturday.

Singapore

PacificLight launches household renewable energy certificates Singapore Business Review 5th Nov 2019
It is marketed at a price of 17.66 cents/kWh. Electricity generator and retailer PacificLight has rolled out the first renewable energy certificates (RECs) catering to household consumers in Singapore, through a partnership with REC trading platform T-RECS.ai, according to a press release.

French energy giant invests S$16m to develop up to four Singapore firms tackling climate change TODAYonline 5th Nov 2019
French energy giant Schneider Electric will invest at least S$16 million over the next four years to develop up to four Singapore-based companies that tackle climate change through technological innovation, it said on Wednesday (Oct 30). The programme is part of a memorandum of understanding that was signed between Schneider Electric and the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB), it added.

More smart meters, customised energy-saving tips and incentives for going green for consumers The Straits Times 5th Nov 2019
Households have long been urged to go green, and soon more homes in Singapore will have the tools to teach them how to do so on the energy front. Three new initiatives announced on Tuesday (Nov 5) will provide households with more information on when and how much electricity they are using so they have a better idea of where and when they can start cutting down on usage.

Singapore Sees Greener Future in Trading Power With Neighbors Bloomberg 3rd Nov 2019
Singapore’s state-owned power grid operator wants to build more connections to neighboring countries to tap their greater potential for renewable energy. Nations like Malaysia and Indonesia have ample spare land for solar panels and enough wind to power turbines, both things that Singapore is lacking, Wong Kim Yin, chief executive officer of SP Group, said in an interview Friday. Building transmission lines to connect the countries and using renewable energy credits to facilitate power trading can allow the island nation to use clean power even if it can’t produce it.

UAE and Singapore expand energy sector collaboration Gulf Today 3rd Nov 2019
Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Department of Energy (DoE), Eng. Awaidha Murshed Al Marar, completed a successful visit to Singapore by participating at Singapore International Energy Week (SIEW), held between Oct.29 and Nov.1, 2019. The visit rounded off a fruitful week of engagements for the DoE delegation, in which Al Marar and Singapore Officials reaffirmed the strong ties between the UAE and Singapore and the importance of expanding collaboration and benchmarking across a range of energy sector capabilities, critical to accelerating the global energy transition.

Singapore to ramp up solar energy production to power 350,000 homes by 2030 The Straits Times 29th Oct 2019
The Republic is ramping up its drive to soak up more energy from the sun, amid growing global awareness on how fossil fuels are contributing to climate change. By 2030, Singapore wants to ramp up its solar capacity by more than seven times from current levels, and increase the current 260 megawatt-peak (MWp) of installed solar capacity to 2 gigawatt-peak (GWp).

Natural gas to be ‘substantial part’ of Singapore's energy mix for next 50 years Eco-Business 15th Oct 2019
Fossil fuels will continue to form a “substantial part” of Singapore’s energy mix for the next 50 years, even as it ramps up deployment of solar power and looks at ways to tap regional power grids. Today, 95 per cent of Singapore’s electricity is generated from natural gas and its dominance in the energy mix will continue for the next half-century, said the country’s Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing on Tuesday.

Singapore to develop first virtual power plant to link and coordinate energy resources The Straits Times 8th Oct 2019
Electricity produced by distributed energy resources such as solar installations and energy storage systems in Singapore may soon be coordinated to function like a single power station. This would be made possible by the development of a virtual power plant (VPP) which brings about greater flexibility and scalability to the power grid, the Energy Market Authority (EMA) and Sembcorp Industries (Sembcorp) said in a joint statement on Tuesday (Oct 8).

Singapore sees world's first digital exchange platform for airlines to trade carbon credits The Straits Times 30th Oct 2019
A global blockchain-based carbon exchange was launched on Wednesday (Oct 30), offering a marketplace for airlines and other corporate buyers to trade securitised carbon emissions. The new AirCarbon Exchange, by Singapore-based AirCarbon Pte Ltd, will provide a ready supply of credits, also called EEUs (eligible emission units), for those in the transportation industry to acquire carbon dioxide (CO2) offsets for compliance and voluntary purposes when the list of compliant units is approved.

Thailand

1,500 Energy Experts Gather in Bangkok in November to Secure Thailand's Energy Future Oil & Gas 360 4th Nov 2019
On November 27-28, 1,500 renewable energy leaders from across Thailand will come together at The Future Energy Show Thailand 2019, a free-to-attend event to help Thailand achieve its renewable energy potential.

Asian Development Bank invests in green bond with Energy Absolute Power Technology 17th Oct 2019
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has announced that it will invest $98.7m (THB3bn) in the first-ever green bond issuance for Thai company Energy Absolute. In total the bond will have an issuance value of almost $330m (THB10bn).

Energy Ministry sets E20 transition for early 2020 Bangkok Post 8th Nov 2019
The Energy Ministry has set a time frame to transition to gasohol E20 as the primary petrol grade by early next year, while phasing out gasohol 91 to boost the value of commodity crops used in biofuel, says Energy Minister Sontirat Sontijirawong. "We want to make agricultural commodities like palm oil, sugar and cassava have a higher price by using them in biofuels," said Mr Sontirat at the 125th anniversary of Esso (Thailand) Plc in Bangkok o Friday. Gasohol is a biofuel made from cassava and sugar blended with unleaded gasoline in proportions of 10%, 20% or 85%. It was introduced to Thai motorists for commercial sale in 2008, followed by E20 and E85 a few years later.

Cabinet okays Bt3.6 billion to speed up underground power line project The Nation Thailand 8th Nov 2019
The Cabinet on Wednesday (November 6) approved Bt3.6 billion in funding to help the Metropolitan Electricity Authority (MEA) speed up the moving of power lines underground in areas along MRT lines, according to deputy government spokeswoman Traisulee Traisoranakul. “The project areas total 215.6 kilometres and the MEA has finished just 46.6 km, leaving another169 km to complete,” said the spokeswoman. “The Cabinet has therefore agreed to move the project to the Quick-Win plan and allocated Bt3.673 billion to speed up certain parts of the operation and complete them within 3-4 years.”

Energy Ministry to make E20 primary fuel Bangkok Post 28th Oct 2019
The Energy Ministry plans to make gasohol E20 the primary petrol available at pumps, phasing out gasohol E10 from retail, says Minister Sontirat Sontijirawong. Thailand has five categories of petrol at retail pumps: gasohol 91 E10, gasohol 95 E10, E20, E85 and premium ULP 95 petrol. In the coming years, these may be reduced to three or four, he said.

Ministries to help relieve Egat burden Bangkok Post 14th Oct 2019
The Energy Ministry has asked the Finance Ministry to absorb the financial burden of 4.5 billion baht from the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (Egat) for purchasing crude palm oil. The state budget should absorb this financial burden because Egat has to follow the policy, as the cost for crude palm oil for power generation is higher than for other fuels, said Energy Minister Sontirat Sontijirawong. "The two ministries will work together to seek a solution to help Egat," he said.

PTT urged to accelerate gas business Bangkok Post 14th Oct 2019
The Energy Ministry has ordered PTT Plc, the national oil and gas firm, to accelerate its gas business so that the country can become a liquefied natural gas (LNG) trading hub in Southeast Asia. Energy Minister Sontirat Sontijirawong said yesterday that the government will support PTT's gas business at the regional level and that the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) will ease related regulations for LNG import and re-export. "PTT is capable of becoming a regional trader because the company is heavily invested in gas infrastructure and human resources," he said. PTT plans to operate an LNG trading business to transport a limited volume by marine vessels and heavy-duty trucks across Indochina. "The company is studying the feasibility of the LNG trading business, expecting to reach a conclusion in a couple of months," Mr Sontirat said. "The business plan will be proposed to the National Energy Policy Council in December." He said PTT has 40 years' experience in the gas business and owns an integrated gas infrastructure. Wuttikorn Stithit, PTT's senior executive vice-president for gas business, said PTT is testing its gas trading business. The plan includes providing fully integrated services such as small-scale distribution, gas pipeline development, energy solutions, power backup and renewable energy.

Public hearings set for new community scheme Bangkok Post 9th Oct 2019
The Energy Ministry plans to hold public hearings for stakeholders to finalise the details and conditions of community-owned power projects under the "Energy for All" scheme within the next couple of months. The scheme focuses on power generation from renewable resources: solar, biomass, biogas and waste. Energy Minister Sontirat Sontijirawong said the government will listen to the opinions of stakeholders in the private sector, the three state utilities, the Stock Exchange of Thailand, the Bank for Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives, renewable power operators and local communities.

Community power plants considered as means to fight air pollution The Nation Thailand 8th Oct 2019
Energy Minister Sontirat Sontijirawong said as part of measures to reduce air pollution, the Department of Energy Development and Promotion will hold a public hearing on Wednesday (October 9) on community-based power projects. He added that his ministry will also complete plans to promote the use of B10 diesel within this month, while the government plans to launch a promotion for electric vehicles within this year.

Super Earth Energy 8 wins Nonthaburi RDF power plant project The Nation Thailand 8th Oct 2019
Deputy government spokesperson Traisulee Traisoranakul said on Tuesday (October 8) that the Cabinet has approved the selection of private operator Super Earth Energy 8 to invest in and manage the refuse-derived fuel (RDF) power plant in Nonthaburi province. The company recently won the bid for the project, which comes under a public-private partnership (PPP) contract. The project has an estimated value of Bt4.1 billion and will last 22 years (2 years of construction, and 20 years of operation).

Energy Ministry to phase out one fuel Bangkok Post 5th Oct 2019
The Energy Ministry plans to phase out one of the nine motor fuels in the local market in the next two months, but it will discuss the plan with refineries and traders before making a decision. Nantika Thangsuphanich, director-general of the Energy Business Department, said each station has several fuel pumps, making them a cost burden for fuel retailers. "The department will talk with all stakeholders about the possibility of phasing out one type of fuel in the near future, but we have yet to decide on which type," she said.

Solar rooftop scheme falls short of goals Bangkok Post 5th Oct 2019
The Energy Ministry plans to allocate 10,000 megawatts, currently allotted to the household solar rooftop scheme, to other renewable energy methods such as community waste as the solar panel scheme has received little participation from homeowners. Permanent secretary Kulit Sombatsiri said the ministry is reframing the project as a community-owned power plant from renewable resources called the Energy for All project. The ministry's steering committee stated it is more practical to trim down the 10,000MW target for rooftop solar power under the latest version of national power development plan 2018-37 and allocate some of the capacity towards Energy for All.

Growth in fuel consumption said to be in line with projected GDP increase The Nation Thailand 5th Oct 2019
Based on the Department of Energy Business’s estimates, the consumption of fuel in Thailand is expected to rise 4 per cent this year mainly because the drop in the price of refined oil has increased the use of automobiles. This growth in consumption is in line with the Office of National Economics and Social Development Council’s forecast of 3 per cent growth of the gross domestic product this year, Nantika Thangsuphanich, the department’s director-general, said. 

Vietnam

US partners with Việt Nam to build urban energy security vietnamnews.vn 5th Nov 2019
The US Agency for International Development (USAID) on Friday announced a new project promoting urban energy security in Việt Nam at an event held in HCM City. The event was attended by USAID Deputy Administrator Bonnie Glick, USAID/Vietnam Mission Director Michael Greene, leaders of the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MOIT)’s Electricity and Renewable Energy Authority, and HCM City’s Department of Industry and Trade.

B.Grimm, Gulf ink Vietnam LNG deals Bangkok Post 5th Nov 2019
SET-listed firms B.Grimm Power Plc and Gulf Energy Development Plc are looking at Vietnam for new liquefied natural gas (LNG) energy projects as a result of the Thai government failing to open its LNG market. Thai policymakers have been saying they would open the LNG market since 2015, but only approved trading for the state-run Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (Egat). This forced B.Grimm and Gulf to look to Vietnam for LNG operations.

Vietnam Energy Outlook Report 2019 launched VietnamPlus 5th Nov 2019
Vietnam Energy Outlook Report 2019 (EOR), one of the outstanding results of the cooperation between Vietnam’s Ministry of Industry and Trade and Denmark’s Ministry of Energy, Utilities and Climate, was launched in Hanoi on November 4. The EOR presented three scenarios to achieve the goal of reducing coal consumption and hydropower dependence as well as saving energy and promoting the use of renewable energy in Vietnam.

Poyry nets Vietnam offshore gig reNEWS - Renewable Energy News 1st Nov 2019
Finnish consultancy Poyry has been awarded owner’s engineer services assignment for a 90MW offshore wind farm off Vinh Chau in Vietnam by Thai developer Banpu Power. The project located off Soc Trang province is planned to be built in three phases of 30MW each. The detailed engineering design phase will start next month with site mobilization due to start in February.

TechnipFMC lands EPC contract for offshore natural gas project in Vietnam Houston Chronicle 15th Oct 2019
Houston and Paris-based oilfield service company TechnipFMC has landed an engineering, procurement and construction contract for an offshore natural gas project off the coast of Vietnam. In a statement released early Tuesday morning, TechnipFMC announced receiving a EPC contract from PetroVietnam Gas. Financial terms were not disclosed but TechnipFMC described the deal as "significant contract" worth between $75 million and $250 million.

Danes map Vietnamese offshore potential reNEWS - Renewable Energy News 14th Oct 2019
The Danish Energy Agency is working with the Vietnamese Electricity and Renewable Energy Authority to map the south-east Asian country's potential for offshore wind. Vietnam has a coastline of 3260km, with the sea east of Ho Chi Minh City considered one of the areas in south-east Asia with greatest potential for offshore wind, DEA said.

Vietnam’s first, Southeast Asia’s largest floating solar project secures funding Smart Energy International 11th Oct 2019
Da Mi Hydro Power Joint Stock Company has signed an agreement with the Asian Development Bank for the provision of funding to develop Vietnam’s first large-scale floating photovoltaic solar energy facility. The 47.5MW solar energy plant will be built at the utility’s existing 175MW hydropower plant. The ADB and the Canadian Climate Fund are providing $37 million in loan for the development of the floating solar system which is claimed to the first large-scale installation of floating solar PV panels in Vietnam and the largest installation in Southeast Asia.

Ministry of Industry and Trade asks for supplement license of solar and wind power vietnamnews.vn 11th Nov 2019
The Minister of Industry and Trade Trần Tuấn Anh, in the National Assembly question and answer session on Thursday, said that Việt Nam was facing a high risk of electricity shortage in the period of 2019-20, lasting until 2022-23. To ensure the supply and demand of electricity, the representative of the Ministry of Industry and Trade said the ministry would mobilise sources such as coal power, hydroelectricity and solar power. In addition, the Ministry would submit to the Government a new mechanism for solar power with a supplement plan of adding about 6,000 MW of solar power and 1,500 MW of wind power.

VN, Norway seek LNG co-operation vietnamnews.vn 8th Nov 2019
Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) producers, consumers and other stakeholders from Việt Nam and Norway attended a workshop held on Monday by the Norwegian Embassy in Hà Nội. The country’s gas development plan envisages that from 2021-25, Việt Nam will need to import 1-4 billion cubic metres of LNG per year. About 75 per cent of the imported LNG will be used as fuel for power plants to secure a rapidly growing national economy. Speaking at the workshop, Lê Hải Đăng, head of the Development Strategy Department under Việt Nam Electricity, said following Việt Nam’s Power Development Plan for 2025-30, the country would need new LNG power plants with a total capacity of 15,000 MW -19,000 MW to meet the rapidly increasing growth of domestic power demand.

Vietnam is pushing ahead of Southeast Asia in its drive for renewable energy CNBC 5th Nov 2019
Vietnam is powering ahead of the rest of Southeast Asia as it pushes for greater reliance on renewable energy. The region, long criticized for lagging behind in its efforts to adapt to more sustainable ways, is still heavily reliant on coal consumption. Vietnam, however, has bold ambitions to use more renewable energy such as wind and solar. The country is aiming to boost its power output produced by renewable energy to about 23% by 2030, according to Andreas Cremer, director of energy and infrastructure for Europe, Middle East and Asia at German investment firm DEG.

PVOIL and MoMo co-operate for cashless payment of petrol vietnamnews.vn 24th Oct 2019
Drivers in Việt Nam will be able to buy products from PetroVietnam Oil Corporation (PVOIL) using their mobile with the e-wallet service provider MoMo from November 1. Targeting a doubling of cashless payments over the next six months, PVOIL on October 23 signed a strategic co-operation with MoMo to provide a new payment solution for PVOIL customers and also in line with a government resolution promoting cashless payments for public services. Accordingly, from October 27 customers in Hà Nội and HCM City can pay for oil and gasoline at PVOIL and COMECO petrol stations through the MoMo app. Then the payment will be applied nationwide on November 1.

Work starts on 2,000 tonne waste-to-energy plant in HCM City VietnamPlus 17th Oct 2019
The Tam Sinh Nghia Investment Development JSC on October 16 kicked off construction on a waste-to-energy plant with a daily capacity of 2,000 tonnes of waste at the Tay Bac Solid Waste Treatment Complex in Cu Chi district, Ho Chi Minh City. To be built at a cost of 5 trillion VND (216.58 million USD), the plant, the second of its kind in Ho Chi Minh City, will generate 40 MW of electricity annually. According to the company’s General Director Ngo Xuan Tiec, the plant will use German Martin Grade technology which is now available in 40 countries worldwide to generate electricity and produce recyclable by-products.

Efficient use among best solutions amid rising power demand VietnamPlus 16th Oct 2019
Saving and using energy efficiently is one of the best solutions to ease the pressure on power supply amid large- and medium-sized hydropower plants in Vietnam already operating at their maximum capacity, experts have said. In March 2019, the Government approved a national target programme on economical and efficient energy use for 2019 – 2030, which aims to save 5 – 7 percent of the total energy consumed during 2019 – 2025 and raise this rate to 8 – 10 percent during 2019 – 2030. The Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT) cited the results of an energy audit at 10 businesses that showed that they used to consume about 3.7 million tonnes of oil equivalent (TOE) worth nearly 672.77 million USD each year. After applying efficient energy use solutions, they have saved nearly 174 TOE, equivalent to 78,000 USD, and reduced 606,808 tonnes of CO2 emissions every year.