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BHP Billiton: latest acquisition makes mining giant a key US shale gas player

The world's largest mining company, BHP Billiton, has reached an agreement to buy Chesapeake Energy's 487,000 acre Fayetteville shale gas assets, including the midstream assets located in central Arkansas. This is the company's first foray into the US shale gas business, and immediately makes it one of the major producers in North America.

Published By Datamonitor
01 Mar 2011
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BHP Billiton's asset sale highlights need for utilities to acquire equity gas

The news that BHP is close to concluding an asset disposal deal in the North Sea highlights the varying motivations of different players in acquiring wholesale gas. With wholesale price pressures showing few signs of mitigating in the short term, utilities should give serious consideration to acquiring assets of this type in order to better manage their retail price pressures.

Published By Datamonitor
14 Aug 2006
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Bharti/Wal-Mart: headstart in India

Wal-Mart's Indian partner, Bharti Enterprises, is pledging to invest up to $2.5 billion in developing a nationwide store network that will enable Wal-Mart to take advantage of the tremendous growth potential India has to offer. However, they will come up against stiff competition from incumbent domestic players who are expanding rapidly.

Published By Datamonitor
20 Feb 2007
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BGL extends Bennetts brand into retail

While many insurers sit behind retail partners, Bennetts has gone one step further and utilized its status as the leading bike insurance specialist to launch an online store for bikes, ensuring it owns the whole customer experience.

Published By Datamonitor
08 May 2014
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BG: unlocking Italy with Tony's help

Published By Datamonitor
30 Aug 2001
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BG: getting the go-ahead in Italy

It may have taken two years of negotiations, but BG can now look forward to building a base for itself in the fast growing Italian gas market. As well as supplying gas to the high-growth power generation sector, BG will also get the opportunity to penetrate the end-user market - which currently remains in the hands of but a few major players.

Published By Datamonitor
20 Nov 2002
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BG Group: planned acquisition of Origin Energy has potential problems

UK natural gas producer BG Group has signaled its interest in Australia's Origin Energy through a A$12.9 billion (GBP6.2 billion) takeover offer. However, Origin's asset mix differs significantly from that of BG Group and selling on Origin's core activities following the acquisition in order to align their respective operations could prove to be a headache for the UK energy giant.

Published By Datamonitor
08 May 2008
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BG Group: microgeneration strategy will prove difficult

BG is aiming to create a new market for its gas. However, the augurs for the venture aren't good. Honeywell last year had to pull the plug on its plan to sell microgeneration units to residential customers - and like the US firm, BG has no residential utility customer base. There is no reason to expect BG to do any better.

Published By Datamonitor
14 Jan 2002
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BG Group: backing out of US and UK generation

With the sale of its US generators complete, barring regulatory sign-off, and a sale process underway for its remaining UK generation assets, BG Group is cutting the cable on its involvement in power generation as demand keeps falling. By selling plants to pure-play generation and infrastructure groups, BG Group will be able to grow its activities in burgeoning areas of the oil and gas sectors.

Published By Datamonitor
30 Apr 2010
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BG Group acquisition: the hunter becomes the hunted

UK gas explorer BG Group's hostile takeover of Australasian energy supplier Origin Energy has been all but sunk by a deal between Origin and US oil giant ConocoPhillips, to form a joint venture company that will own and operate Origin's coal seam gas reserves.

Published By Datamonitor
15 Sep 2008

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