Vietnam drew more energy attention as Kuwait announced that it sent its 1st-ever shipment east to a Kuwaiti-built refinery in the Asian nation, which shold arrive Vietnam on August 19, 2017.
Ghanem al-Otaibi, a vice president at Kuwait Petroleum International, was on hand for the 1st shipment to the $9.2 billion Nghi Son refinery.
The batch of 2 million barrels of oil should arrive August 19 and another shipment is expected to leave Kuwaiti ports next week.
Kuwait chairs a committee of members of the OPEC and non-member states monitoring the impact of an agreement implemented in January.
Parties to the agreement opted to sideline 1.8 million barrels of oil per day from production and counts on cooperation from key non-OPEC members like Russia.
Higher exports from Kuwait should matter in OPEC's effort short-term, but balance out against domestic inventories over a period of time.
In total, Kuwait plans 6 shipments to the refinery in Vietnam, for a total volume of 12 million barrels of crude oil.
Kuwaiti oil production is holding steady at around 2.7 million barrels per day, in line with its commitments to the OPEC-led balancing effort.
Though a dominant player on the global energy stage, and one of the top exporters to the European economy, Russian energy companies have maintained a strong footing in the Asia-Pacific region.
Vietnam's economy is performing well because it's diverse, though growth has moderated because of the impact of weakness in the energy sector during the 1st quarter.