Energy Talking Points 21-10-2015

Date: Wednesday, 21st October 2015

Sinopec triples proven reserves at Fuling (English)

Source: news base, 15 Oct 2015

Recent appraisal work has confirmed an additional 273.8 billion cubic metres of shale gas at a project in Chongqing. This brings the field’s net proven reserves as certified by the up to 380.6 bcm, which the report said would allow for an annual output of 10 bcm by the end of 2017. The news will be welcomed by Beijing, which wants to develop the country’s extensive shale reserves in order to reduce dependence on dirtier fuels such as coal.

Australia just approved one of the biggest coal mines in the world (English)

Source: global post, 15 Oct 2015

Australian government announced it had approved a proposal by Indian mining company Adani to build one of the world’s biggest coal mines in the northern state of Queensland. The $12 billion Carmichael project involves an open-cut and underground mine covering an area five times the size of Sydney Harbor, making it the largest coal mine in Australia. Up to 60 million metric tons of coal will be dug up and shipped out of Australia via the Great Barrier Reef every year if the project goes ahead.

BHP maintains FY guidance as Q1 iron ore production jumps 7% (English)

Source: CNBC, 21 Oct 2015

BHP Billiton hiked iron ore production by 7 percent on-year in the September quarter and said it was on track to meet full-year 2016 guidance across the business. The mining giant said that iron ore production hit a record 61 million tonnes (Mt) in the fiscal first quarter, up 2 per cent on the previous quarter. Improved WA port facilities and a rise in direct-to-ship ore helped boost sales volume to a record 67Mt. Iron ore prices are down sharply from a high of nearly $200 a tonne in 2011 to $52.10 as of Wednesday.

Chinese President Xi Jinping set to announce controversial nuclear investment in UK (English)

Source:, 21 Oct 2015

Chinese President Xi Jinping is set to announce a deal on Wednesday with UK Prime Minister David Cameron that will allow China a 33% stake in a $52 billion project to build the UK’s first nuclear power station in decades at Hinkley Point in Southwest England. But senior security forces have rung alarm bells, saying there is a “big division between the money men and the security side” over the deal. Some fear a “trapdoor” could be placed in computer systems allowing China to bypass British control of the plant in the event of a diplomatic stoush.

Oil and gas CEOs jointly declare action on climate change (English)

Source: BHP Billiton, 16 Oct 2015

CEOs of 10 global oil and gas companies make collaborative declaration on climate change. n their milestone declaration, the CEOs of the 10 companies that currently make up the Oil and Gas Climate Initiative – BG Group, BP, Eni, Pemex, Reliance Industries, Repsol, Saudi Aramco, Shell, Statoil and Total – confirmed that they recognise the general ambition to limit global average temperature rise to 2 degrees centigrade and that the existing trend of the world’s net global greenhouse gas emissions is not consistent with this ambition.


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