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Eppo: Energy use to grow

The Energy Policy and Planning Office (Eppo) forecasts the country’s energy consumption in 2020 to rise 1.8% to 2.78 million barrels of oil equivalent per day (BOED), in line with Thai GDP and demand. This projection is based on GDP in 2020 growing 2.7-3.7% and the baht trading at 30.50-31.50 baht per US dollar. Crude […]

Prof Reacts to Prabowo Subianto’s Natuna Military Base Plan

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – International law professor, Hikmahanto Juwana, form University Indonesia said that he is apprehensive about Prabowo Subianto’s idea to establish an Indonesian Natuna military base in the Riau Islands, and the country’s eastern region. “What I am most worried about is if it would create friction over Natuna sea, especially between [state authorities], which would involve weaponry,” said the professor […]

Energy Ministry introduces outline for dynamic growth

The Energy Ministry has announced 10 urgent action plans for 2020 to support living expenses for Thais, maintain the country’s energy security and become a regional leader in the sector. Energy Minister Sontirat Sontijirawong said the ministry has to carry out several missions next year to ensure dynamic growth in the economy. A new round […]

Drought, dams may lead to death of Mekong

BANGKOK: THE livelihood of millions of people in China, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam will be affected as drought and newly-built dams impede the Mekong River’s flow, drying up segments of the once fast-flowing river. Observers predict that these two factors may lead to the death of the 4,700km waterway. At a discussion on the […]

The coming dynamo

Energy storage systems (ESS) using lithium-ion batteries should soon be a rising star, as many Thai companies are heavily investing in researchers, engineers and think tanks to enhance their competitiveness in the field. The government is supporting the business through investment incentives for Thai and foreign companies to capture rising demand for ESS at the […]

Thailand Is Using Drones to Spray Pollution Away

In a bid to counter air pollution in Bangkok, Thailand officials have turned to drones for answers. Early into 2019, the city’s air quality was reported to hit PM2.5, which meant that the air was full of particles with a diameter of 2.5 microns, reaching 185 micrograms per cubic meter. To put the scale into […]

Singapore’s Puma Energy to sell Australia fuels business for $396m

Singapore’s Puma Energy, the retail and midstream arm of global commodities trader Trafigura, said yesterday it would sell its Australian commercial and retail fuels business to Chevron Australia for A$425 million (S$396 million). The sale by the company, which is 49 per cent owned by Geneva-based Trafigura, comes amid increasing pressure to rebalance its books […]

Govt pushes 2020 development plan in Laos

VIENTIANE (Vientiane Times/ANN) – The government is holding a special meeting to establish common ground among state agencies about ways to ensure effective implementation of the national development plan for 2020. Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith presided over the opening of the two-day open government meeting at the National Convention Centre, which is scheduled to end […]

How the scramble for sand is destroying the Mekong

A crisis is engulfing the Mekong River, its banks are collapsing and half a million people are at risk of losing their homes. The entire ecosystem of this South East Asian river is under threat, all because of the world’s insatiable demand for sand. Extracted from the bed of this giant river in Cambodia and […]

Blockchain payment network Terra expands to Singapore with former Uber exec in leadership

Terra, blockchain payment network that offers a price-stable cryptocurrency, has marked its expansion to Singapore with the appointment of Rahul Abrol –Uber’s former APAC Head of Strategy– as Head of International and Strategy. The new venture in Singapore will be its Southeast Asia hub; it will also hire locals to drive localisation. It plans to […]