INDIA - JAPAN COOPERATION
NGW - India and Japan should co-operate on long term contracts for LNG with a defined cost of energy which would provide a stabilizing factor for the renewable energy thrust that India is currently giving, Indian minister for power, coal, new & renewable energy and mines, Piyush Goyal said January 11 on the side-lines of the seventh India-Japan Energy Forum in New Delhi.
The minister said that India's power demand is going to expand four-fold in the next 15 years to become one of the largest energy markets globally and it would open immense business opportunities for Japan.
Being a major LNG importer, India has been advocating for some time that Asian LNG buyers should come together so that they get a better deal in the global market. Large Asian LNG buyers, including India, could benefit by joining hands and thereby, possibly, bring in more equitable trade deals, Indian oil minister Dharmendra Pradhan said during the fifth IEF – IGU Ministerial Gas Forum that was held in New Delhi December 6 on the sidelines of Petrotech 2016.
In 2014, Gail India and Japanese trading house Sumitomo Corporation agreed to work together in the fields of gas procurement and petrochemicals.
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GAZPROM - The parties discussed relevant issues related to bilateral cooperation, including the Baltic LNG project. Emphasis was placed on the priority measures aimed at developing a joint design concept (pre-FEED).
BHGE - U.S. Rig Count is up 11 rigs from last week to 1,063, with oil rigs up 8 to 869, gas rigs up 4 to 193, and miscellaneous rigs down 1 to 1. Canada Rig Count is up 13 rigs from last week to 195, with oil rigs up 8 to 127 and gas rigs up 5 to 68.
REUTERS - Brent crude futures had risen $1.02 cents, or 1.3 percent, to $81.28 a barrel by 0637 GMT. The contract dropped 3.4 percent on Thursday following sharp falls in equity markets and indications that supply concerns have been overblown. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures were up 80 cents, or 1.1 percent, at $71.77 a barrel, after a 3 percent fall in the previous session. WTI is on track for a 3.5 percent drop this week.
EIA - Brent crude oil spot prices averaged $79 per barrel (b) in September, up $6/b from August. EIA expects Brent spot prices will average $74/b in 2018 and $75/b in 2019. EIA expects West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil prices will average about $6/b lower than Brent prices in 2018 and in 2019.