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UK gas supply: markets fail to fill storage gap

Gas wholesale market liquidity is weak and insufficient to provide the correct signals to encourage the investment needed to store essential supplies for peak periods. British consumers will pay higher prices and face greater volatility and potential supply shortages as a result of this lack of investment. Now is the time to act, but accountability is something that the market fails to provide.

Published By Datamonitor
03 Apr 2009
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK gas supply: pipeline progress set to bring eastern influence

As the UK's North Sea gas production diminishes, new players will replace the oil majors in supplying gas to the UK. With the development of gas transportation infrastructure by 2007, gas will be imported from the east direct to the UK. This will allow Germany's E.ON Ruhrgas and Wingas access to the UK market, possibly replacing existing industrial gas suppliers, such as BP, Total and Shell.

Published By Datamonitor
14 Dec 2004
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK gas: do fixed price deals require common industry standards?

Customers who have signed fixed rate deals in the UK may soon be paying over the market rate if the wholesale price of gas falls as forecast. This raises the question of whether an industry code of conduct relating to the marketing of these plans would be desirable.

Published By Datamonitor
21 Sep 2006
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK gas: imports bring challenges for retailers

Q4 2003 data published by the DTI shows gas exports down 40% and imports up 80% on 2002. Whether this means the start of an increased reliance on imports for gas from now or not, the development raises interesting questions for gas retailers' purchasing strategies.

Published By Datamonitor
16 Apr 2004
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK gas: increases of over 20% won't make residential supply profitable

Both E.ON's Powergen arm and British Gas have announced that they increasing gas prices by more than a fifth from March 2006. It would be expected that these increases would make the suppliers money, but in reality utilities don't make money in supplying gas, unless they also own the gas that they supply.

Published By Datamonitor
02 Mar 2006
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK gas: interruptible contracts are a necessary evil

UK major energy users on interruptible contracts are demanding compensation to offset the impact of emergency gas balancing arrangements, which currently value supply to the domestic user above that of industry. Having long enjoyed the benefits of strong North Sea output, heavy gas users are realizing that their needs are the first to be sacrificed to maintain overall system integrity.

Published By Datamonitor
11 Jan 2006
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK gas: mass switching is not on the cards

Despite the consumer watchdog's findings, British Gas is unlikely to lose anywhere near 20% of its customers. Datamonitor's research shows that few people actively shop for a new energy supplier: most people wait until a sales rep contacts them. Rival suppliers such as npower are engaged in far more of a PR war with British Gas than a price war.

Published By Datamonitor
10 Jan 2002
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK gas: price spike explanation must be sought beyond infrastructure

UK gas prices are high, but the problem is likely to be with the transmission connections between the Netherlands and Belgium, not between Belgium and the UK. Nor are arbitrage opportunities between the US and UK being fully taken. However, these market fundamentals do not entirely explain the present price spike, which is what causes major energy users pain because of their indexed contracts.

Published By Datamonitor
29 Nov 2005
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK gas: utilities need to look to LNG to boost supply

Gas prices are at extremely high levels and the major UK utilities would be a lot happier if they owned a few gas fields. Since they do not they should at least consider buying gas beyond the NBP or Zeebrugge hubs. Buying on the TTF may be difficult because of pipeline constraints, so the utilities should consider buying spot LNG and bringing it into the Isle of Grain.

Published By Datamonitor
09 Dec 2005
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK general insurance: government and courts need to get tough to cut fraud

Insurance fraud is a serious problem for the insurance industry, estimated to cost more than GBP1 billion a year in the UK. Insurers have taken a number of measures to detect fraud, but the ABI is right to press for more to be done to combat the problem. Indeed, fraudsters are arguably more likely to be deterred by government action than by measures taken in the industry.

Published By Datamonitor
20 Apr 2006

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