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Sultan calls for wise use of technology

HIS Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam yesterday reminded the people to use technology wisely for the purposes of strengthening their religious faith, instead of allowing themselves to be controlled by technology. His Majesty said this in […]

Indonesia, UK seek to boost economic ties

Indonesia and the United Kingdom have expressed a wish to strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries amid rising global protectionism sparked by the trade war between the United States and China. Speaking at the Indonesian Briefing forum in London recently, Indonesian Ambassador to the UK Rizal Sukma stressed the importance for both countries of […]

PH sets petroleum perks benchmarking with Indonesia

The Philippines has set into motion collaborative talks with Indonesia on prospective benchmarking of incentives for investments in the upstream petroleum sector. Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi This was a matter that Philippine Energy Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi had raised with Indonesian Deputy Minister of Energy and Resources Arcandra Tahar in their bilateral meeting in Singapore […]

Control of Philippines’ Wholesale Electricity Spot Market moves to independent operator

The Philippines’ electricity market has undergone major reform, with the Wholesale Electricity Spot Market (WESM) passing from state control to a newly formed independent body. The transition was formally undertaken on September 26, with the creation of the Independent Electricity Market Operator of the Philippines (IEMOP) in line with the aim of the Electric Power […]

France, Vietnam sign $10 billion deals

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and his French counterpart Edouard Philippe affirmed their determination to deepen the Vietnam-France strategic partnership for shared benefit during their talks in Hanoi on Nov. 2 as part of the French PM’s ongoing visit to Vietnam. PM Phuc lauded the tour to Vietnam by Philippe, saying it is the second […]

Spoilt for choice, will Singaporeans switch to green power?

The liberalisation of Singapore’s electricity market has given consumers the freedom to choose their electricity providers. Will price comparison platforms like Voltz help Singaporeans switch to green energy? From 1 November, Singaporeans were given the power to choose their electricity provider. This is a first for Singapore residents—households have only been able to buy electricity from the national provider […]

Oil price rollback: P1.10/liter

Phoenix Petroleum Philippines led the latest price rollback of as much as P1.10 per liter effective 6 am Sunday. “For the 4th straight week and for motorists to enjoy lower pump prices for the long weekend, Phoenix Petroleum Philippines will decrease the prices of gasoline by P1.10 per liter and diesel by P1 per liter […]

DENR issues ECC for La Union coal plant project

The project faces opposition from residents and environmental groups in La Union. MANILA, Philippines – Global Luzon Energy Development Corporation (GLEDC), the proponent of the 670-megawatt coal-fired power plant in Luna town in La Union, has obtained an environmental compliance certificate (ECC) issued by the environment department’s Environmental Management Bureau (EMB). With an ECC, GLEDC […]

Southeast Asia’s renewables held back by policy inaction: IRENA

In Southeast Asia, though, barring some exceptions such as in Thailand, support for renewables has been smaller, and the region lags far behind others in renewable output despite its potential, especially for solar, geothermal and wind power. New Delhi: Southeast Asia is a potential hotspot for renewable energy, yet the region has not met expectations […]

Singapore’s fuel oil imports from Mexico drop 45% year on year over Jan-Oct

Singapore — Singapore imported 636,206 mt of fuel oil from Mexico over January-October this year, down 44.7% a year ago, the latest data from Enterprise Singapore showed this week. Industry sources attributed the drop to lower running rates of refineries in the country. Mexico’s largest refinery, the 330,000 b/d Salina Cruz facility, was shut twice […]