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As Japan Eyes Nuclear Restarts, Renewables Get Shut Out of Grid
(Friday, October 17, 2014) Japan's biggest utilities are blocking most new solar and other renewable energy from transmission grids, stirring concern among green power advocates that Japan favors restarting idled nuclear plants at the expense of other fossil-free supply.

Japan Sep Petchem Naphtha Imports Rise 5.3 Pct y/y
(Friday, October 17, 2014) Japan's naphtha imports for the petrochemical sector rose 5.3 percent in September from the same month a year earlier, government figures showed on Friday.

E.ON Sells LNG Cargo to PetroChina As Forward Prices Slip
(Thursday, October 16, 2014) E.ON Global Commodities has sold a cargo aboard the Kita LNG tanker to PetroChina for November delivery, signalling a wider loss of faith that spot prices for the fuel will stage a strong winter recovery, traders said.

Nikkei: Russia Proposes Building Natural Gas Pipeline to Japan
(Wednesday, October 15, 2014) Russia has proposed building a natural gas pipeline connecting fields in its far east with northern Japan, the Nikkei newspaper reports.

Japanese Governor Says Too Soon for Nuke Restarts
(Wednesday, October 15, 2014) A Japanese governor said Wednesday the country should not restart any nuclear plants until the cause of the Fukushima meltdown is fully understood and nearby communities have emergency plans that can effectively respond to another major accident.

S Korean S-Oil's New Naphtha Tank Ready by November
(Wednesday, October 15, 2014) The new tank will come online at the right time for South Korea's third largest refiner as naphtha prices have crashed to deep discount levels to benchmarks.

N.Asian Refiners Slash Oil Product Spot Prices Due to Weak Demand
(Tuesday, October 14, 2014) North Asian refineries are slashing spot prices of most oil products to multi-year lows to get rid of high inventory as they battle weak regional demand and competition from a booming U.S. shale market, industry sources said.

DNV Lanuches LNG & Gas Consulting Unit in Singapore
(Tuesday, October 14, 2014) DNV launches an LNG and gas consulting unit in Singapore to tap business opportunities in Southeast Asia.

CB&I to Design Gasification Unit for China Project
(Tuesday, October 14, 2014) CB&I Tuesday announced it has been awarded a contract by Shandong Sincier Petrochemical Co., Ltd. for the license and engineering design of a gasification unit to be built near Dongying, Shandong Province, China.

Russia Signs Deals with China to Help Weather Sanctions
(Monday, October 13, 2014) They are among the first clear successes of the eastward shift, ordered by President Vladimir Putin to avoid isolation over the sanctions, since the vast nations reached a $400 billion, 30-year natural gas supply agreement in May.

Russia's Rosneft, Chinese CNPC Agree to Deepen Cooperation in LNG
(Monday, October 13, 2014) Cooperation could include potential LNG supplies to China

Gazprom May Drop Vladivostok LNG Project in Favour of Pipeline Gas to China
(Monday, October 13, 2014) Russia's state-controlled gas company Gazprom may drop its Vladivostok LNG project in Russia's Far East in favour of pipeline gas supplies to China, the firm's Chief Executive Alexei Miller told reporters on Monday.

Asia Naphtha-S Korea's LG Chem Buys at Steep Discount; Lowest Since 2010
(Friday, October 10, 2014) South Korea's LG Chem buys naphtha for second-half November delivery with traders estimating the price to be about $10 below Japan quotes on a cost-and-freight (C&F) basis, the lowest seen since July 2010 in South Korea.

Global LNG-Asian Prices Slide a Second Week as Buyers Remain Sidelined
(Friday, October 10, 2014) Asian spot LNG prices extend losses for a second week, as low demand for winter cargoes and a sense of inflated values during the recent rally weighed on the market.

CNPC Gets Nod for China-Russia Gas Pipeline Design
(Thursday, October 09, 2014) China National Petroleum Corp (CNPC) has received government approval for the design of the Chinese section of a giant pipeline that is due to ship $400 billion worth of Russian natural gas to China, the company said on Thursday.

CB&I to License, Design Polypropylene Unit for China Project
(Thursday, October 09, 2014) CB&I Thursday announced it has been awarded a contract by Shenhua Ningxia Coal Industry Group Co. Ltd. for the license and engineering design of a polypropylene unit to be built in Lingwu, Yinchuan City, Ningxia, People's Republic of China.

Japan Sept Ethylene Output Falls 4.4 Pct yr/yr
(Tuesday, October 07, 2014) Japanese ethylene production in September fell 4.4 percent from the same month a year earlier to 492,100 tonnes, data from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry showed on Tuesday.

Japan Refiner Nansei Restarts Marine Ops After Typhoon Passes
(Monday, October 06, 2014) Japanese refiner Nansei Sekiyu restarted marine berth operations at its 100,000 barrels-per-day Nishihara refinery in Okinawa earlier on Monday, a company spokeswoman said.

First Alaskan Crude in a Decade Heads to S.Korea As Shale Pressures Build
(Tuesday, September 30, 2014) South Korea's second-biggest refiner GS Caltex Corp will receive 800,000 barrels of Alaskan crude on October 10 after purchasing the oil on the spot market, a company source told Reuters.

COLUMN-Saudi Focus on Asia May Result in Cheaper Crude
(Tuesday, September 30, 2014) Asian refiners may be about to get a welcome boost from major oil producer Saudi Arabia, which is likely to keep lowering the cost of crude to the region.

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