Cambodia’s oil production uncertain as KrisEnergy declares insolvency

Soldiers carry Cambodia's first drop of crude oil during a ceremony at Phnom Penh's Win Win Monument, June 9, 2021. CamboJA/ Panha Chhorpoan

Despite the government’s pride in Cambodia’s long-awaited oil production, the nation’s oil industry remains in limbo after developer KrisEnergy announced it was unable to pay its debts.

Cambodia extracts first crude oil from Thai Gulf after years of delays

A view of oil extraction facilities being operated by KrisEnergy and the Cambodia government in the Gulf of Thailand. KrisEnergy

Cambodia has begun extracting its first crude oil from the Gulf of Thailand – a development that Prime Minister Hun Sen called a “blessing” as observers demanded transparency over revenue in order to avoid the “oil curse” that has riled other major producing nations. The first drop was extracted from the “Block A” concession on […]

KrisEnergy says debt won’t affect plan for Cambodia’s first drop of oil by 2020

Singapore based oil and gas firm KrisEnergy said on Wednesday that financial setbacks will not affect its plan to produce Cambodia’s first oil by 2020 as scheduled, after being granted a three-month moratorium by a Singaporean court to give the company “breathing space” to restructure its $476-million debt.

Oil exploration license for Chinese firm expected ‘soon’

An oil exploration license is expected to be signed “soon” with a Chinese company for the exploration of Block D in the Gulf of Thailand, a government spokesman said on Thursday. Block D is a 5,500-square-kilometer concession formerly licensed to Cambodian firm CPHL. The previous license was revoked in 2016, reportedly due to failure to meet the terms of the agreement.