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Rapid growth in the Asian energy derivatives market in recent years has been driven by a surge in over-the-counter (OTC) contracts to meet the region's specific needs. For example, the rising import dependency of Asia's oil consumption, which accounts for around 70% of growth in global demand for oil, has fuelled growth of OTC tanker freight contracts for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) from the Middle East to Asia.

Other developments, such as investments in oil and gas projects, and dereg