Burma’s $5 Billion Blood Money

September 10, 2009By Andy RowellBlog Post

A major two- year investigation by EarthRights International has found further, compelling evidence linking oil giants Total and Chevron to forced labour, killings, and high-level corruption in Burma. The important report, called Total Impact, documents how Total and Chevron’s highly controversial Yadana gas project has generated just under $5 billion for the ruthless military junta … Read More

“Our wells are drying”

May 7, 2008By Andy RowellBlog Post

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono of Indonesia has said that his country was considering quitting OPEC because it was no longer a net oil exporter. “Our wells are drying,” he said in a nationally televised speech, adding that the country needed to concentrate on increasing domestic production, which has dropped to less than a million barrels a … Read More

BP Expands in Pakistan

April 30, 2007By Andy RowellBlog Post

BP looks set to win a controlling stake in Pakistan State Oil (PSO) in a deal worth around $600 million.The Pakistani Government owns 54 per cent of PSO and is selling 51 per cent stake in the group, leaving 3 per cent in government hands. BP has been competing with Petronas, the Malaysian oil and … Read More

More Oil Investment In Burma

March 13, 2007By Andy RowellBlog Post

Although the United States and EU have imposed economic sanctions on Burma (Myanmar) in recent years as a result its appalling human rights record, this has not stopped oil companies investing in the country. Two little-known foreign companies have signed a deal for offshore oil and gas exploration with the state-owned Myanmar Oil and Gas … Read More

Police in Java say oil drilling is the cause of fatal mudflow

March 11, 2007By Andy RowellBlog Post

Since May 2006, a massive mudflow in Sidoarjo, East Java, Indonesia has left at least seven people dead, swallowed several villages, displaced 15,000 residents and destroyed 20 factories, all resulting in economic stagnation in the region. On Thursday, Indonesian police investigating the mudflow have pointed to poor management of oil drilling operations as the cause … Read More

Asian States Sign Key Energy Deal

January 16, 2007By Andy RowellBlog Post

Leaders at an East Asian summit have signed an agreement to promote energy security and find alternatives to conventional fuels. The agreement was signed by 10 South East Asian nations, China, Japan, New Zealand, India, S Korea and Australia.

Hong Kong Faces Flooding

November 24, 2006By Andy RowellBlog Post

Once again here is the irony. Asia’s economies are booming. Energy consumption is set to sour. Much of this will be conventional energy, including fossil fuels. This will lead to climate change, that will devastate the region. So the  more the economies boom, eventually they will bust.

Shell Positioning Itself As Asian Energy Solutions Provider

November 24, 2006By Andy RowellBlog Post

Shell’s subsidiary, Shell Global Solutions is attempting to position itself as the preferred partner for businesses in Asia in managing and developing their growing energy needs. And these needs are increasing rapidly. According to the Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) International Energy Outlook 2006 report, world consumption is projected to increase by 71% from 2003 to 2030.