Jul 13, 2009 (AsiaPulse via COMTEX) An executive briefing on energy for July 14, 2009, prepared by Asia Pulse (http://www.asiapulse.com), the real-time, Asia-based wire with exclusive news, commercial intelligence and business opportunities
TASHKENT – The Uzbek technology transfer agency is implementing a programme for decentralized electricity in rural Uzbekistan by providing solar batteries for rural medical establishments, schools and farms.
The director of the technology transfer agency, Yolbars Mansurov said that several such projects had already been implemented in the republic.
SYDNEY – Improved through-put helped Energy Resources of Australia (ERA)(ASX:ERA) Ltd post a big jump uranium oxide production for the June quarter.
ERA has reported a 44 per cent lift in uranium oxide production to 1.481 tonnes for the June 2009 quarter compared to the same time last year.
NEW DELHI – The Indian government on Monday said it has not asked the state-run NTPC to take gas from the Reliance Industries’ KG-D6 basin at US$4.2 mmBtu, a price that it has fixed for others.
The Ministry of Power has not given any “directive” to NTPC to “accept” gas from RIL’s KG-D6 basin at a rate of US$4.2 mmBtu (million metric british thermal units), Minister of State for Power Bharatsinh Solanki said in a written reply in Rajya Sabha.
NEW DELHI – India’s Reliance Industries’ (BSE:500325) eastern offshore KG-D6 natural gas field will have a peak output of 80 million cubic metres per day for six years beginning 2011-12, India’s Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas Jitin Prasada said.
“Currently gas production from KG-D6 is 31 mmcmd,” Prasada informed the Rajya Sabha here.
NEW DELHI – The Indian Coal Ministry will soon approach Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for disinvestment in Coal India Ltd in line with its Board’s recommendation for sale of up to 10 per cent government equity in the Navratna PSU.
The Board of Coal India Ltd (CIL) has recommended that “five to ten per cent” government equity can be disinvested.
GANGAVARAM (VIZAG) – Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy on Sunday said that the settlement of the gas dispute between the Ambani brothers could not be left to their mother Kokilaben and the Centre (Indian government) must play a decisive role, for which he has written to the Prime Minister.
“The dispute over sharing of gas is not an issue to be settled by (the) mother (Kokilaben). It is for the government to decide who should get the gas and also at what price,” Reddy said on the sidelines of a function here.
NEW DELHI – They may commit investments of thousands of crores but Mittal, Tata or SAIL (BSE:500113) will have to bid like anyone else if they want coal blocks for their power or steel projects, Indian Coal Minister Sriprakash Jaiswal has said.
“We are coming out with a new policy for captive coal blocks … Everyone will have to bid if they want coal blocks,” Jaiswal said in an interview, when asked about a report that L N Mittal has complained about the delays in getting coal and iron ore mines for his Rs 500 billion (US$10.139 billion) steel project each in Jharkhand and Orissa.
MANILA – Philippine power retailer Manila Electric Company (Meralco) is studying the possibility of establishing an aggregator firm to extend services to its consumers.
Meralco director Allan Ortiz told reporters that in their last board meeting, it was proposed to create an aggregator company for Meralco.
ISLAMABAD – Three new power generation plants currently on test generation will start contributing six hundred megawatt power to the Pakistan electricity system this month.
Managing director Pakistan Electric Power Company, Tahir Basharat Cheema, said only July and August were difficult months for consumers and after that the position would start improving.
HANOI – The World Bank (WB) will provide Vietnam with a low-interest loan of US$300 million to help fight poverty and boost access to electricity in rural areas.
An agreement on the loan was signed by the State Bank of Vietnam and the WB yesterday. As part of the package, the WB is providing US$100 million to be used during the second phase of the National Anti-poverty Programme 135, which provides support to over 2,000 poor communes in 47 out of the country’s 63 provinces and cities.
JAKARTA – Indonesian state electricity company PLN said it has succeeded in reducing 25 per cent its dependence on oil fuel in the first half of this year.
PLN used only 4.5 million kiloliters of oil fuel in the first six months of this year from around six million kiloliters in the same period last year, its President Fahmi Mochtar said.
ISLAMABAD – The Iran Pakistan Gas Pipelines is a strategic Pakistani national project which requires support for all quarters and as a nation our thinking should be based on broader national interest.
The Government will respect whatever decision the Parliament would make about Iran Pakistan Gas Pipelines Project and its price fixation according to Dr. Asim Hussain speaking on Thursday while chairing the Steering Committee Meeting on Iran-Pakistan Gas Pipelines Project in the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources.
ISLAMABAD – The Pakistani government is working on a three year plan to tackle the energy crises and is striving to add 13,500 MW of electricity up till 2012.
Pakistan Electric Power Company (PEPCO) is all set to exploit maximum possible resources to generate electricity for the future needs.
SAMARINDA – Indonesia’s Kutai Kartanegara (Kukar) regency administration has asked Kukar mining companies to take part in the building of a coal-fired power plant (PLTU).
“I have asked the Kukar regency administration to summon all mining concessionaires and I myself will also attend the meeting. Kukar is rich in coal deposits, and will not be able to build even one PLTU,” East Kalimantan Governor Awang Faroek Ishak said in Samarinda on Friday.
QUANG NGAI – The Dung Quat oil refinery on July 11 delivered its first batch of 5,500 cu.m of Mogas A92 gasoline to the PetroVietnam Oil Corporation (PV Oil).
The volume of gasoline will be shipped to the port city of Hai Phong for sale in the northern market.
BEIJING – Stronger Sino-US cooperation on clean energy will be the goal of two US officials who will be visiting China this week.
US Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and Energy Secretary Steven Chu will be in China from Tuesday to Friday.
KINSHASA – China’s ZTE Agribusiness Company Ltd is aiming at a 1 million hectare palm tree plantation in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) for biofuel production, and the project can offer thousands of jobs for the local people, the company’s regional manager Zhang Peng told Xinhua in an interview on Friday.
“We will plant palm trees here and convert palm oil into biodiesel. The one-million-hectare palm plantation will eventually provide thousands of jobs for the local Congolese people,” Zhang said.
BEIJING – China’s power consumption rose 3.79 per cent year on year to 305.22 billion kilowatt hours in June, the China Securities News reported, citing sources from the China Electricity Council (CEC).
China’s power output reached 300.92 billion kilowatt hours in June, up 4.7 per cent on-year.
COLOMBO – Sri Lanka’s lectricity generation in April 2009 fell 2.2 per cent to 773 million units (GigaWatt hours) from a year earlier, while diesel sales were down 10.7 per cent, the latest government figures showed.
There was a steep rise in thermal power production at state-run Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) to 229GWh from 141, according to central bank data. Private sector power generation also increased to 340GWh in the month from 205GWh last year.
ANKARA – Turkish Energy and Natural Resources Minister, Taner Yildiz, said Saturday the Nabucco project would increase mutual dependence and emphasize Turkey’s importance.
Minister Yildiz talked about the Nabucco project on Turkey’s Haberturk TV channel.
ANKARA – Turkish Energy and Natural Resources Minister Taner Yildiz denied Sunday reports that said that Turkey gave up its right to receive 15 per cent of the natural gas supplied via the Nabucco pipeline.
Speaking to AA, Yildiz said that Turkey was not given such a right to receive 15 per cent of natural gas supplied through the Nabucco pipeline.
SYDNEY – Australian indigenous communities are demanding the federal government stand by its election promise to scrap legislation which lays the groundwork for a nuclear waste dump in the Northern Territory.
Resources Minister Martin Ferguson has said the government will not give up the search for a suitable site somewhere in Australia, after four sites were shortlisted by the previous government.
GUANGZHOU – China’s National Development and Reform Commission on Friday said it has authorized plans for state-owned China National Petroleum Corp. (CNPC) to operate a refinery as a joint venture with Nippon Oil Corp. (TSE:5001).
The Japanese oil company in May 2008 announced plans to transfer its Osaka refinery to a joint venture to be set up with CNPC. Having now received the commission’s approval, the two oil firms will begin negotiating in earnest with the aim of realizing the deal in the near future.
TAIPEI – The global economic crunch since last year also reflects, in a sense, a dual crisis of energy and the environment, a Taiwanese economist said Friday.
“Global expanding economic growth has pushed the use of natural resources to the limit, ” said Daigee Shaw, president of the Chung-Hua Institution for Economic Research think tank.
TASHKENT – Kazakhstan finished building on Friday its segment of a pan-Central Asian gas pipeline designed to link the region’s vast gas reserves with energy-hungry China.
The pipeline is the first significant gas link connecting the former Soviet region with eastern markets while bypassing Russia.