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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

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1) Thestar: Published: Monday October 3, 2011 MYT 11:59:00 AM

Stocks: Malaysia's Tenaga down on gas shortage concerns

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 3 (Reuters) - Shares in Malaysia's state power firm Tenaga Nasional fell as much as 3.1 percent on Monday on concerns of lower fourth quarter earnings due to a prolonged gas shortage.
Citigroup said in a note that it expected Tenaga to post a weak fourth quarter results due to concerns that a prolonged gas supply interruption could worsen, forcing the company to buy expensive fuel oils for power generation.
Tenaga shares were trading at 5.03 ringgit($1.576)as at 0210 GMT(1010 Malaysian time), down 2.71 percent compared to the broader market which lost 1.8 percent.

2) Thestar: Saturday September 24, 2011

Gas shortage, fuel cost affecting rating performance of TNB


PETALING JAYA: Gas supply shortage and high fuel cost are affecting Tenaga Nasional Bhd's (TNB) rating performance, with analysts dowgrading the stock on concern that solutions are nowhere to be seen.
TNB closed at RM5.02 yesterday, up two sen, with 3.98 million shares changing hands.
ECM Libra Investment Research, in its downgrade of TNB to “hold”, noted heightened risks as a result of the prolonged gas curtailment.
This was following a news report that TNB had bought 105,000 tonnes of fuel for October delivery and expected to continue purchasing steady volumes until next year.
ECM Libra said the news signalled that the much-awaited gas recovery at the Bekok C field, offshore Terengganu, had been delayed again.
“The previous timeline for Bekok C gas to be back online was by end-September. With this latest purchase of oil delivery in October, it looks very likely that the gas recovery has yet again been delayed,” it said.
TNB had estimated that for every 100 million standard cu ft per day of gas shortage that was met by burning oil and distillates (which was six times more expensive), the negative impact to the bottom line was about RM7mil to RM7.5mil a day.
Chief executive officer Datuk Seri Che Khalib Mohd Noh was quoted in the media as saying that TNB was incurring an additional RM400mil a month in fuel cost to replace the gas shortfall.
“On a separate note, the utility giant has realised its 11-month electricity sales figures, which showed a year-on-year unit demand growth of 3%.
“This is within our full-year estimate of 2.2%. August's demand is expected to be weak due to the Hari Raya festive season,” ECM Libra said.
The brokerage has pegged the utility's financial year 2012 (FY12) earnings per share estimate to a lower price/earnings multiple of 12.8 times, which was a 15% discount to the five-year average of 15 times.
“We currently do not have good visibility as to when the gas shortage issue will be solved. The many delays in getting back gas supply from Bekok C field have been disappointing,” it said.
“Right now, nobody knows for sure when the Bekok C gas field will be back online or whether Petroliam Nasional Bhd's gas fields will have further unplanned maintenance shutdowns.”
Meanwhile, on Thursday, Kenanga Research downgraded TNB to “underweight” from “neutral” as the utility company faced longer-than-expected gas supply curtailments.
This was largely due to the delay in the Bekok gas line, resulting in higher usage of medium fuel oil and diesel fuels which, based on per unit cost, is six times higher than that of gas, it said.

3) Thestar: Friday September 30, 2011

Petronas power play


GMR deal part of its growth strategy under gas and power business
PETALING JAYA: Petroliam Nasional Bhd's (Petronas) acquisition of a 30% stake in GMR Energy Singapore Pte Ltd is part of the state firm's growth strategy under its gas and power business.
“Gas and power business is one of our core businesses. We are already in the sector domestically via our investment in Kimanis power plant and the proposed Lahad Datu power plant in Sabah,” Petronas said in a reply to StarBiz queries .
Petronas however declined to say how much it paid for the stake in GMR, which is developing an 800MW combined cycle gas turbine power plant on Jurong island, Singapore.
Anuar: ‘The acquisition marks Petronas’ maiden foray into international power market.’
Once the plant is commercially operational, GMR's electricity supply business will be managed by its wholly-owned subsidiary GMR Supply Singapore Pte Ltd, which holds an electricity retail licence in Singapore.
The acquisition by Petronas had puzzled some analysts, considering that Petronas only took a 30% stake and that it had bought into a power plant.
However, one industry observer said the move could pave the way for more collaboration with the GMR Group, which has vast businesses in India, including power plants and other energy related ventures.
Another possible outcome of Petronas equity purchase in GMR is an insight into the dynamic power market across the border.
“The power market in Singapore is more cost competitive than the local industry. The Singapore electricity retail market has been liberalised in phases to facilitate competition and to allow consumers to buy electricity from retailers of their choice,” said a research head.
An industry observer said Petronas' foray into Singapore via GMR would give it the opportunity to better understand the operations there, as Malaysia could eventually head that way.
In a media release on Monday to announce the deal, GMR's group chairman G. M. Rao said: “This relationship between GMR and Petronas opens up powerful synergies going forward for both groups. It is symbolic of true South-South co-operation and its immense potential in the energy market in the region.”
In the same release, Petronas executive vice-president (gas and power business) Datuk Anuar Ahmad said: “The acquisition marks Petronas' maiden foray into the international power market and is a major step in our effort to extend existing integrated presence in the energy value chain.”
Bangalore-based GMR group has interests in airports, energy, highways and urban infrastructure. It has 17 power assets of which four are in operation and 13 under various stages of implementation. The group currently has installed capacity of 823 MW of power projects with nearly 8000 MW under various stages of implementation and development.
Analysts said the move could add a new dimension to Petronas's operations in view of the high demand for power plants in India. In addition, the acquisition will give Petronas an exposure to how the deregulated power industry in Singapore operate.
It has been reported that the Kimanis and Lahad Datu power plants are being spearheaded by Petronas. The Kimanis Power Plant is jointly developed by Petronas Gas Bhd in partnership with Yayasan Sabah through NRG Consortium (Sabah) Sdn Bhd.
The Lahad Datu Power Plant is being built by a Tenaga Nasional Bhd-led consortium together with Petronas and a Sabah state entity. The two power projects will boost Sabah's electricity supply by 600 MW.

4) Thestar: Wednesday September 28, 2011

Govt studies splitting Tenaga Nasional into three units


KUALA LUMPUR: The Government is looking into the proposal to split Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB) into the three units of power distribution, generation and transmission.
Speaking on the sidelines of Power-GEN Asia 2011/Renewable Energy World Asia 2011 conference, Energy, Green Technology and Water Ministry secretary-general Datuk Loo Took Gee confirmed that the matter was “under study”. She declined to elaborate.
“I think we need to be quiet and do our work well to present it to the market when we're ready,” Loo said when asked to comment on the matter.
Speculation is rife about a proposal to split up TNB in order to re-organise the dominant electricity supplier and to help it fix its financial woes.
TNB recently said it faced an additional RM3bil in costs from having to look for alternative sources of fuel for power generation due to a shortage of gas supply.
It has been reported that newly-established special purpose vehicle, MyPower Corp, will oversee TNB's “break-up” as part of the Government's effort to reform the country's power sector.
MyPower, which is currently under Loo's ministry, is headed by Datuk Abdul Razak Majid, a veteran in the power sector who was formerly TNB senior vice-president of corporate affairs.
The special unit's task involves restructuring the legal and regulatory framework of the industry to make it more equitable, competitive, liberalised and provide a level playing field. “MyPower will conduct studies based on nine aspects including power purchase agreements, governance issues, gas supply and tariff issues,” Loo said.
Asked if it was studying the deregulation of the power industry, she said: “Yes... this is also part of MyPower's task.”
Loo also said MyPower was reviewing the power purchase agreements with independent power producers.
In May, Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Datuk Seri Peter Chin said the ministry was being assisted by MyPower and the Energy Commission to implement several changes to the country's electricity supply sector as identified by Khazanah Nasional Bhd on the need for reforms in the energy sector. “These changes are needed for a vibrant energy sector,” he had said.
Separate units: Speculation is rife about a proposal to split TNB in order to reorganise the dominant electricity supplier and to help it fix its financial woes.
Loo also said TNB was looking to have a clearer explanation of the respective costs they incur from the generation, distribution and transmission of electricity.
“We have to explain to the public how much of the tariff increase will come from generation, distribution and transmission,” she said.
Meanwhile, TNB chief operating officer and executive director Datuk Azman Mohd, speaking at the conference, said the electricity supply industry in Malaysia and generally in Asia faced multi-dimensional challenges.
Azman: ‘Consumer expectations are becoming increasingly sophisticated and unpredictable.’
He said these challenges included depleting indigenous energy resources, high demand growth, major infrastructure investment requirements, escalating and volatile fuel prices, public demand on the issues of environment.
“This is all happening as consumer expectations are becoming increasingly sophisticated and unpredictable. This calls for prudent risk management and planning to be put in place, which involves finding a balance between project development and its associated risks, and exploring alternative supply options and technologies,” Azman said.
He said TNB had developed biomass, solar power and solar-wind hybrid systems to help spur the renewable energy development and research.


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