MGA welcomes industry’s first third-party LNG cargo

December 10, 2019

Dateline 2019-10-10, Hellenic Shipping News:

The Malaysian Gas Association (MGA), the nation’s lead advocate for the local gas industry, welcomed the delivery of the first third party liquefied natural gas (LNG) cargo, a testament that the natural gas market reforms in Malaysia remain on track to ensure sustainability of the industry.

The regasification terminal at Sungai Udang in Melaka received the cargo on October 7, – the first since the Third Party Access (TPA) came into force, said MGA in a statement today.

It said the first third party LNG cargo proved that Malaysia is on course to a transition towards a vibrant and sustainable gas market.

“Efforts must also be focused on increasing demand for gas within the country. Higher demand will create more opportunities for third party to enter the market and spur investment to develop upstream indigenous gas that will further strengthen the long-term security of supply.

MGA welcomes positive development on TPA for natural gas

December 1, 2019

Dateline 2019-10-03 NST:

Malaysian Gas Association (MGA) says the delivery of the first TPA (third-party access) liquefied natural gas (LNG) cargo next week will mark an important milestone in the gas market reforms that started in 2013.

That year, the first regasification terminal began operating in Sungai Udang, Melaka, enabling LNG importation.

“We welcome the agreement between Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB) and Shell Malaysia Trading Sdn Bhd for a trial third party cargo – the first since the TPA came into force,’ it said in a statement today.

MGA said the Gas Supply (Amendment) Act 2016, which is in operation since January 2017, allows third parties to sell gas, thus offer options to gas users, which works in the best interests of the consumers.

Malaysia closer to opening up natural gas market

August 9, 2019

Dateline 2019-06-27, The Star:

Malaysia is moving closer towards opening up its natural gas market to spur competition and demand.

Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas) executive vice-president and CEO for gas and new energy Adif Zulkifli said Malaysia was just one price review away from achieving market-based gas pricing this year.

“If this happens, it would truly be a game-changer as our gas reforms move towards market liberalisation,” he said during his speech at the Malaysian Gas Symposium (MyGas) 2019 here, organised by the Malaysian Gas Association (MGA).

Local natural gas price cannot go in line with spot price: MGA

May 4, 2019

Dateline 2019-03-27, NST:

Malaysian Gas Association (MGA) says local natural gas price adjustments cannot go in line with fluctuating spot liquefied natural gas (LNG) prices.

This is because they are subject to long-term contracts with large industrial customers.

MGA said in Malaysia, the contracts offer them certainty in terms of managing their operations, with the natural gas price adjustments predicted beforehand.

It said the current global LNG prices are low as a result of a temporary imbalance in the supply-demand equilibrium.

“For now, Asian spot LNG prices have fallen because of oversupply given the new supply capacity in the United States and Australia, coupled by weakening demand owing to a milder-than-expected winter.

“Historically, such temporary imbalances are generally restored within a short time which will then increase the spot LNG prices,” it said in a statement.

MGA advocates natural gas as a perfect partner to renewables

April 27, 2019

Dateline 2019-03-15, Bornoe Post:

With the Ministry of Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change’s (MESTECC) recent focus on expanding the contribution of renewables sources to the power sector, the Malaysian Gas Association (MGA) strongly advocates the increasingly important role that natural gas plays globally in transitioning to a sustainable energy mix and how Malaysia can emulate this to ensure the nation’s energy sustainability.

With MESTECC’s 2019 Initiatives striving to achieve 20 per cent renewable energy capacity mix and eight per cent savings through energy efficiency by 2025, the inherent properties of natural gas as the cleanest burning fossil fuel, makes it the perfect partner to achieve these targets.

Students from four universities benefit from Prestige programme

December 23, 2018

Dateline 2018-11-05, The Star:

AIMING to create a broader understanding of the natural gas industry and the importance of Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) aspects among university students, Malaysian Gas Association (MGA) held its annual Practical Environmental, Safety & Industrial Guidance for Student Engineers (Prestige) programme in Sabah recently.

MGA advocates expanded role for natural gas

December 2, 2018

Dateline 2018-10-09, Borneo Post:

In support of the government’s efforts to achieve Malaysia’s COP21 targets, the Malaysian Gas Association (MGA) is advocating for the expanded use of natural gas, a clean, efficient and cost-effective fuel, to reduce the country’s carbon emissions and drive social, environmental and economic progress.

Malaysia’s natural gas industry reported a cumulative contribution to the nation’s gross domestic product (GDP) amounting to 4.2 per cent, comprising of domestic sales of natural gas at US$2.45 billion and exports in the form of liquified natural gas (LNG) valued at US$10.56 billion in 2015.

Commenting on the industry, MGA president Hazli Sham Kassim said that given that natural gas is the cleanest burning fossil fuel, the association believes natural gas can play a prominent role in ensuring the country achieves its COP21 promise by supporting the expansion of renewable energy while simultaneously driving Malaysia’s economic progress.

Gas players want more clarity on policies

November 30, 2018

Dateline 2018-10-03, The Edge:

A clearer policy by the new Pakatan Harapan government on the country’s energy mix and market pricing for the gas industry is needed, said players in the gas supply chain.

Malaysian Gas Association (MGA) president Hazli Sham Kassim said while there are existing policies in place, more clarity is needed to encourage more investments into the industry.

“We hope to see a clearer policy stance on the energy mix, which will make it easier for our members to plan their investments. For example, there are still international companies reluctant to invest in the gas industry in the peninsula because they are not sure of the market conditions,” Hazli told a media briefing yesterday.

He said this is especially the case as usage of coal increases, potentially reducing gas usage.

“As far as the gas industry in Malaysia is concerned, it is under pressure because of coal production which is expected to increase, [and] of which gas usage is also expected to decline.”

Competitive local natural gas prices by 2019

February 13, 2018

Dateline 2018-01-03, Borneo Post Online:

Natural gas prices are likely to be more competitive by 2019 in the local market with the participation of more industry players following the introduction, last year, of a Third Party Access (TPA) mechanism, says the Malaysian Gas Association (MGA).

Secretary-General Rosman Hamzah said the TPA, introduced in January 2017, was aimed at opening the gas supply market to third parties including foreign companies, to sell gas to any consumer in Malaysia on a willing buyer-willing seller basis.

“With more market players involved, they will be able to increase competitiveness in the industry and hence, pull natural gas prices lower,” he told Bernama.

However, Rosman explained that despite the anticipation of lower gas prices, its movement was very much tied to the movement of crude oil prices.

MGA – Global Trends and 3rd Party Access

June 28, 2017

The Malaysian Gas Association (MGA) had a presentation on the 9th May. Here’s a summary of the slides.