An overview of petroleum potential and investment opportunities in Southeast Asia


  • Minh Hoang Cu* PVEP Overseas Co., Ltd
  • Khac Hoan Phung PVEP Overseas Co., Ltd
  • Hai An Le Hanoi University of Mining and Geology


Southeast Asia has 11 countries: Brunei, Cambodia, East Timor, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. Southeast Asia is considered one of the most active economic development regions in the world, with high demand for energy development, cultural diversity, and language. These countries and Vietnam have good relationships in diplomacy and cooperation and in other fields; therefore, it is very convenient for Vietnam to invest in oil and gas exploration and exploitation in the region. On the basis of evaluating the criteria of natural conditions, geological features, sedimentary basins, exploration and exploitation status as well as investment environment of each country in Southeast Asia, this article will introduce the most comprehensive information about the potential and the overall picture of the oil and gas industry in Southeast Asia and in individual countries, thereby providing information and orientation for investment opportunities of each country in the region.


hydrocacbon reserves, investment opportunities, petroleum potential, Southeast Asia


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Received 2 June 2017; accepted 1 September 2017

How to Cite

Minh Hoang Cu, Khac Hoan Phung, & Hai An Le. (2017). An overview of petroleum potential and investment opportunities in Southeast Asia. Vietnam Journal of Science, Technology and Engineering, 59(3), 65-70.



Earth Sciences