• 11 hours Oil Prices Rise After U.S. API Reports Strong Crude Inventory Draw
  • 11 hours Oil Gains Spur Growth In Canada’s Oil Cities
  • 12 hours China To Take 5% Of Rosneft’s Output In New Deal
  • 13 hours UAE Oil Giant Seeks Partnership For Possible IPO
  • 13 hours Planting Trees Could Cut Emissions As Much As Quitting Oil
  • 14 hours VW Fails To Secure Critical Commodity For EVs
  • 15 hours Enbridge Pipeline Expansion Finally Approved
  • 16 hours Iraqi Forces Seize Control Of North Oil Co Fields In Kirkuk
  • 17 hours OPEC Oil Deal Compliance Falls To 86%
  • 1 day U.S. Oil Production To Increase in November As Rig Count Falls
  • 1 day Gazprom Neft Unhappy With OPEC-Russia Production Cut Deal
  • 2 days Disputed Venezuelan Vote Could Lead To More Sanctions, Clashes
  • 2 days EU Urges U.S. Congress To Protect Iran Nuclear Deal
  • 2 days Oil Rig Explosion In Louisiana Leaves 7 Injured, 1 Still Missing
  • 2 days Aramco Says No Plans To Shelve IPO
  • 4 days Trump Passes Iran Nuclear Deal Back to Congress
  • 4 days Texas Shutters More Coal-Fired Plants
  • 5 days Oil Trading Firm Expects Unprecedented U.S. Crude Exports
  • 5 days UK’s FCA Met With Aramco Prior To Proposing Listing Rule Change
  • 5 days Chevron Quits Australian Deepwater Oil Exploration
  • 5 days Europe Braces For End Of Iran Nuclear Deal
  • 5 days Renewable Energy Startup Powering Native American Protest Camp
  • 5 days Husky Energy Set To Restart Pipeline
  • 5 days Russia, Morocco Sign String Of Energy And Military Deals
  • 5 days Norway Looks To Cut Some Of Its Generous Tax Breaks For EVs
  • 6 days China Set To Continue Crude Oil Buying Spree, IEA Says
  • 6 days India Needs Help To Boost Oil Production
  • 6 days Shell Buys One Of Europe’s Largest EV Charging Networks
  • 6 days Oil Throwback: BP Is Bringing Back The Amoco Brand
  • 6 days Libyan Oil Output Covers 25% Of 2017 Budget Needs
  • 6 days District Judge Rules Dakota Access Can Continue Operating
  • 6 days Surprise Oil Inventory Build Shocks Markets
  • 7 days France’s Biggest Listed Bank To Stop Funding Shale, Oil Sands Projects
  • 7 days Syria’s Kurds Aim To Control Oil-Rich Areas
  • 7 days Chinese Teapots Create $5B JV To Compete With State Firms
  • 7 days Oil M&A Deals Set To Rise
  • 7 days South Sudan Tightens Oil Industry Security
  • 7 days Over 1 Million Bpd Remain Offline In Gulf Of Mexico
  • 7 days Turkmenistan To Spend $93-Billion On Oil And Gas Sector
  • 7 days Indian Hydrocarbon Projects Get $300 Billion Boost Over 10 Years
Alt Text

What’s Stopping An Oil Price Rally?

Oil prices rallied in Q3…

Alt Text

Oil Markets Brace For Another Hurricane

Oil prices drew back this…

Alt Text

Is OPEC Considering Deeper Output Cuts?

You could argue OPEC and…

Governments Racing to Secure Natural Resources

The race to secure natural resources is intensifying. Particularly amongst governments and nationally-sponsored corporations. And particularly in Asia.

We’ve been seeing signs the last few years that Asian nations are stepping up their drive for oil, copper, iron and natural gas. I talked last week about India jumping into the fray in a big way for coal.

A few more indicators this week worth mentioning. Korea is upping the ante.
Korea National Oil Corp (KNOC) leaked this week that it will sell between $500 million and $1 billion worth of bonds to fund its $2.6 billion hostile takeover of Africa/North Sea-focused Dana Petroleum.

The same day, the world's second biggest smelter, LS-Nikko announced a joint venture with Korea's top steelmaker, Posco. Under the deal, the two majors will work together on the acquisition and development of copper and iron ore projects.

These are deals of mega-proportions. So much so, the Korean government said it fears currency appreciation because of state-associated firms issuing billions in new won-denominated debt.

Not to be outdone, Japan also announced some ambitious natural resource plans this week. Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) said it is aiming to take more ownership in liquefied natural gas projects around the globe.

Tepco currently sources 11% of its LNG supplies from projects in which it owns equity. Mainly Australia's Darwin LNG facility. The company said it wants to grow this to 33% equity supply by 2020.

This is a big jump in supply. Meaning Tepco is going to have to be fairly aggressive in pursuing buy-in on new projects.

With all these plans on the books, deep-pocketed Asian governments are going to be increasingly butting heads with regular corporations as well as each other when it comes to buying resource projects. A lot of cash is being brought to bear on the sector in a great game of "chicken", with significant implications for project valuations.

The Asian slant means projects within shipping distance of the East are going to be in demand. Pick your investment spots wisely.

By. Dave Forest of Notela Resources




Back to homepage


Leave a comment

Leave a comment




Oilprice - The No. 1 Source for Oil & Energy News