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25th ASCOPE Games

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The 25th ASCOPE Games is scheduled to be held on October 13 – 16, 2014 in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

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ASCOPE's Meeting With APERC

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August 9, 2014
F1 Hotel, Taguig City, Philippines

Mr. Victorino S. Bala, ASCOPE Secretary In Charge (left), Mr. Takato Ojimi, President of the Asia Pacific Energy Research Centre (APERC) (right) and Dr. Kazutomo Irie, APERC General Manager (right side of Mr. Ojimi) with other officers of APERC during their meeting on August 9, 2014 at F1 Hotel, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, Philippines.

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ASCOPE Secretariat Report

Pleased to report on the results of the 77th ASCOPE National Committee Chairpersons’ Meeting & Associated Meetings held on 13 - 21 May 2014 in Singapore.

  1. Organization and Conduct of ASCOPE Meetings
    • In coordination with the host, KEPPEL, ASCOPE Secretariat organized and conducted the following meetings:
      • Preparatory Meeting for the Business Development & Working Committee Chairmen & ASCOPE Country Coordinators on May 14, 2014
      • 27th ASCOPE Business Development & Working Committee Meetings, 17th ASCOPE Gas Consultative Council Meeting, the 32nd Trans ASEAN Gas Pipeline Meeting and the 2ND Health, Safety, Security and Environment Committee Meeting on May 15 - 16, 2014
      • 25th ASCOPE Joint Committees Meeting on May 17, 2014
      • 77th ASCOPE National Committee Chairpersons Meeting on May 19 – 20, 2014
    • The ASCOPE Secretariat in cooperation with International Energy Agency (IEA) and Energy Market Authority (EMA) of Singapore likewise organized the IEA-ASEAN Expert Roundtable "Changing Gas Markets in ASEAN - Towards Regional LNG Trading Hubs" on May 14, 2014. This initiative is in pursuit of the ASEAN-IEA MoU on energy cooperation.
    • ASCOPE Secretariat chaired the ASCOPE Joint Committees Meeting and ensured all agenda items for discussion and resolution were covered and overlapping issues and concerns among various Business Development and Working Committees were properly addressed. Matters for decision and approval/endorsement were presented to the ASCOPE National Committee Chairpersons.
    • A total of 161 delegates, guests and members representing seven (7) Business Development & Working Committees, the Joint Committees and the National Committee Chairpersons' actively participated the various meetings from ten (10) Member Countries, i.e., PetroleumBRUNEI, Ministry of Mines & Energy (MME), Pertamina (PERSERO), Lao PDR, PETRONAS, MOGE, PNOC, Keppel Corp., PTT and PetroVietnam.
    • We were able to gather and enjoined the active participations and representations of all the ten (10) ASCOPE Member Countries to the 77th ASCOPE National Committee & Associated Meetings. We also have the officials from CCOP, PETRAD, IEA, ACE and representatives from ASEAN governments who participated the meetings. Likewise, the Norwegian government thru its Ambassador to Singapore H.E. Tormod C. Endresen also graced the event to invite ASCOPE Member Countries to Norway ONS Conference & Exhibition in August 2014.
  2. ASCOPE Accomplishments & Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)
    • Monitoring of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) of all ASCOPE Business Development and Working Committees were done to determine all programmed projects and activities are progressing vis-à-vis target plan of action. This is in line with ASCOPE Secretariat's conduct of regular reporting to the AMEM/SOME and the ASEAN Secretariat in connection with the ASCOPE contribution to the ASEAN Plans of action for Energy Cooperation (APAEC) and the ASEAN Economic Community 2015.
    • The National Committee Chairpersons considered and approved the ASCOPE Secretary In Charge & ASCOPE Secretariat’s Accomplishment & Financial Reports for the period July 1, 2013 to April 30, 2014.
  3. Trans-ASEAN Gas Pipeline Project

    The Trans ASEAN Gas Pipeline (TAGP) Project is one of the key components of the ASEAN Connectivity Masterplan and ASEAN Plan for Energy Cooperation (APAEC) 2010-2015. TAGP together with the ASCOPE Gas Consultative Council (AGCC) have been working on the following:

    • The Instrument of Extension for the TAGP MoU has already been signed and ratified. The TAGP MoU shall therefore remain in force until May 20, 2024.
    • New TAGP Map has already been printed and it already contains information on LNG Terminals among Member Countries.
    • Strategic Gas Emergency Management

      TAGP will leverage on the APSA CERM Task Force, headed by ASCOPE Secretary In Charge in order to address the management of gas or LNG shortages during emergency. TAGP proposed and ASIC agreed that an internal ASCOPE APSA Working Group would assist ASIC in the development of the operating guideline for strategic gas emergency management as part of APSA CERM execution.

    • On the MoU on Gas Transit Cooperation ("MoU")

      ASCOPE Gas Consultative Council has approved the insertion of LNG elements in the MoU. In order to address the issues and concerns of the ASEAN Legal Secretariat, a new provision will be inserted into the MoU and feedback will be solicited from representative governments. To accelerate this feedback process, ASIC recommended that the Committee present the MoU in the next SOME Meeting in September 2014.

    • On the Guiding Principles on Cross Border Issues presented by AGCC List of Cross Border Issues & Barriers has been re-formatted into the non-binding Recommended Guiding Principles (RGP). Some of the issues in the RGP overlap with areas covered by other Committees will have to be shared and discussed with the appropriate BDCs to ensure alignment of views.

      AGCC will solicit feedback on principles such as Taxation & Tariff, Jurisdiction and ownership & operations of LNG vessels & pipelines in the RGP from representative governments of AGCC members. Such feedback will be collated by October 2014.

    • Joint LNG Procurement

      Possible business models for ASEAN Joint Procurement were presented by IHS and ASHURST which will require further review by TAGP to incorporate the new findings. This is a long term initiative and will require further deliberation to segment the work program. PETRONAS will arrange the meeting to discuss the matter before 78th ANCM.

    • Gas & LNG Swapping

      Gas and LNG swapping mechanisms during emergency was presented. It was concluded that such arrangement is possible for ASEAN. Issues and challenges identified to be incorporated and addressed in the operationalization of APSA CERM and in the Joint Procurement Framework.

    • Country Updates

      On Member Countries’ presentation on the latest development of gas infrastructure of respective countries, TAGP plans to improve the information database to ensure the database is available with latest information and easily access by members.

    • The Task Force has also completed knowledge sharing on ASEAN Gas Pipelines, LNG and Energy Security by IHS, APAEC 2016 – 2020 drafting by EMA and developing a Cooperative ASEAN LNG Framework by Ashurst.
    • On EMA's request in relation to APAEC requirement to submit 3-4 Outcome-based Statements for 2016-2020 period, TAGP has drafted 3 Outcome-based statements which will be further refined before submission to ASIC for the 3rd APAEC Drafting Committee Meeting.
  4. ASCOPE's Trading Business and Cooperation
    • Total volume of crude traded among ASCOPE members in 2013 is posted at 40m barrels and the total volume of petroleum product traded is posted at 70.5m barrels.
    • The Trade & Marketing Committee has agreed the inclusion of three improvement areas as follows:
      • Commercial: traders' forum will be set up to facilitate more trades among Member Countries.
      • Knowledge Management: to maintain structured database for easy access for all members and to share information on supply demand balance for petroleum products, crude and petrochemical products.
      • To also share benchmarking exercise amongst Member Countries on risk management, marine vetting, among others.
  5. APSA Task Force
    • Recognizing the importance of APSA CERM, ASCOPE has considered forming an ASCOPE APSA Working Group to assist the ASCOPE Secretary In Charge in the plans and programs of the APSA Task Force.
    • Various ASCOPE Committees signified intentions join the ASCOPE APSA Working Group and participate in the discussions of the operationalisation of APSA CERM.
  6. ASCOPE Games

    PetroVietnam will host the 25th ASCOPE Networking Games and it will be held in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam on October 13 – 17, 2014. Six (6) sporting games have officially been confirmed, i.e., badminton, table tennis, tennis, bowling, snooker and golf.

  7. ASCOPE Gas Center
    • PetroleumBRUNEI briefed the Meeting on their hosting of the ASCOPE Gas Center. There being a number of issues, PetroleumBRUNEI conveyed that it will no longer be able to host the ASCOPE Gas Center.
    • The Meeting noted to defer discussion on the matter while awaiting interests to spur from other Member Countries to host the ASCOPE Gas Center. PTT, however, informed the Meeting that they will revisit the proposal to host the ASCOPE Gas Center.
  8. MoC Between ASCOPE & ONS

    H.E. Ambassador to Singapore Tormod C. Endresen briefed the Meeting on the forthcoming ONS Conference & Exhibition in Stavanger, Norway on August 25- 28, 2014 and extended his invitation to all ASCOPE Member Countries.

    He also noted the proposed Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) between ASCOPE and ONS which aims to further the cooperation between ONS and ASCOPE on capability building program and activities.

  9. Next ASCOPE Meetings

    The 40th ASCOPE Council Meetings as well as the 78th ASCOPE National Committee Chairpersons Meeting will be held in Indonesia in November 2014. This will be hosted by Pertamina (PERSERO).

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