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Ministry in talks with companies for solar power generation

The Ministry of Electricity and Energy has issued a press release saying that it discussed with two companies to generate electricity from solar energy. The two companies are Victory Radiance Trading Co Ltd and Power China Company. Deputy Minister for Electricity and Energy received the delegation led by Taryar Myint Swe, managing director of Victory […]

Indonesia launches B30 biodiesel to cut costs, boost palm oil

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesia on Monday launched biodiesel containing 30% palm-based fuel, the highest mandatory mix in the world, in a bid to slash its fuel import bill and boost domestic palm oil consumption.

Homegrown fuel: Jokowi kicks off B30 policy

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has symbolically kicked off the mandatory use of B30 biodiesel – eight days ahead of Jan. 1, when the policy was initially scheduled to go into force. B30 refers to a biodiesel blend containing 30 percent fuel produced from palm oil. “We can say that this B30 policy can save us […]

Grab to put Gesits electric scooters on Jakarta streets

JAKARTA — Eager to help Jakarta rid its image as one of the most polluted cities in Southeast Asia, transportation companies in the capital are looking to deploy electric vehicles

Indonesia activists demand climate action

The grassroots movement, established in July 2019, is demanding the Indonesian government declare a climate emergency and to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2025. The Low Carbon Development Indonesia (LCDI) aims to advance the transition to renewable sources and reducing dependency on filthy coal. It aims to increase the share of renewables in the sun-kissed […]

Vietnam’s solar opportunities shine bright

Vietnam is set for a surge in power demand and consumption over the coming decade, which will stimulate the need for the rapid development of new power capacity. This stems largely from an expanding industrial and manufacturing sector, particularly as the ongoing U.S.-China trade war plays out. This has allowed Vietnam’s government to position itself […]

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 […]

Malaysia spot crude premiums hit multi-year high on tight supplies

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Asia-Pacific refineries are forking out multi-year high premiums for sweet crude produced in the region as alternative supplies from the West have become more expensive with the rise in shipping costs, several trade sources said on Monday. Lower exports from Indonesia and Vietnam and rising demand for very low-sulphur fuel oil (VLSFO) […]

Malaysia’s Petronas sells Feb-loading Labuan crude at highest premium in years – sources

SINGAPORE, Dec 23 (Reuters) – Malaysia’s state energy company Petronas has sold a cargo of Labuan crude loading in February at the highest premium in years on strong demand for oil produced in the Asia Pacific, several trade sources said on Monday. The producer sold 300,000 barrels of Labuan crude to Royal Dutch Shell at […]