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Rising oil import costs may become Asia's growing pain

Activities across Asia-Pacific to search for energy resources have nearly ground to a halt in the past year

Reuters  |  Singapore 

A widening gap between Asia's oil production and demand is creating a growing capital drain for the region and leaving countries vulnerable to global supply disruptions and a sudden surge in oil prices. Asia's net oil imports surpassed the total amount of oil consumed in North America in 2015 and are set to rise after producers slashed spending on exploration and production on low oil prices, leaving oilfields at risk of sharp production declines in the next decade. Activities across Asia-Pacific to search for energy resources have nearly ground to a halt in the past ...

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First Published: Sun, September 04 2016. 10:18 IST
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