Abundant energy resources are available in East and South East Asia. Major energy producing countries in the region include China, Malaysia and former OPEC member Indonesia, while Myanmar may potentially join the producing group following the end of military rule and the opening of the nation's petroleum sector to more foreign investments. Brunei, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam have an estimated 31.4 billion barrels of proven oil reserves and 309.5 trillion cubic feet of proven natural gas reserves as of 2013.
Research and Development (R&D) involves the innovation and development of new products and services or the enhancement of existing ones. Usually staffed by engineers or scientists, the R&D department will explore specific interests of an organization working towards future product developments. The Research department is not expected to make an immediate return on investment, but contributes to the future growth of the business.