Opinion on Utilities in Russia

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RAO UES: fishing for investment capital

Rather unusually for a state-owned monopolistic company, RAO UES has successfully lobbied the government to bring forward the partial liberalization of the energy market. It hopes that greater transparency will make the market more attractive to western investors - but artificially low consumer tariffs and chronic non-payment could put them off.

Published By Datamonitor
18 Nov 2002
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Russian utility sector: no single pathway to reform

The Russian parliament has approved a timetable for the break-up of RAO UES, the country's electricity monopoly. However, the importance of gas exports for Russia's balance of payments means that the gas giant Gazprom will not be touched for several years yet. Datamonitor's Mikhail Masokin explores the ramifications for Russia's energy industry...

Published By Datamonitor
19 Feb 2003
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ConocoPhillips: not so Mobil anymore

Russia's Lukoil and US-based Sunoco [SUN] have bought a total of 1,180 Mobil-branded gasoline stations on the US eastern seaboard, paying in excess of $450 million between them. The deal will enable the two buyers to increase their presence in the downstream sector, while allowing ConocoPhillips to focus on its core brands.

Published By Datamonitor
30 Jan 2004
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Gazprom and E.ON are embarking upon a marriage of convenience

Russia's Gazprom and the German energy giant E.ON recently signed a memorandum of understanding on large-scale cooperation over a wide range of projects. If successful, Datamonitor's Mikhail Masokin argues this program will give each an extremely advantageous position in the energy supply value chain. Even so, a formal merger is firmly off the agenda...

Published By Datamonitor
10 Aug 2004
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UK energy: nuclear option key to supply diversity

With increasing demand for energy, restricted supply, and Kyoto targets on reducing greenhouse gas emissions to meet, the case for building new nuclear plants, once dismissed as a last resort, is rapidly regaining force. The importance of the nuclear role as part of a diverse generation portfolio must not be underestimated.

Published By Datamonitor
15 Sep 2004
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Gazprom's search for partners heralds oil and gas majors' second push into utilities

Russia's natural gas giant Gazprom has recently had talks with German multi-utility RWE about joint projects in the generation and marketing of electricity. As Datamonitor's Mikhail Masokin explains, this represents a renewed effort by major oil and gas producers to add a utility dimension to their business strategies.

Published By Datamonitor
01 Mar 2005
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Lukoil: go West

Lukoil has announced its acquisition of petrol stations in Hungary, while its purchase of Finland's Teboil has also been approved by the European Commission. Not only do these deals secure a dependable outlet for its oil exports, they are also an indication of Lukoil's clear ambition to establish itself firmly in European fuel retail.

Published By Datamonitor
29 Mar 2005
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RAO UES: global warming to pay for local improvements

Under the Kyoto Protocol's joint implementation (JI) mechanism, two industrialized countries can together reduce carbon emissions to earn transferable emissions reduction units (ERUs). Without JI and other 'flexible mechanisms', countries in western Europe would find it difficult to achieve their Kyoto targets. The launch of RAO UES's major JI project in Russia bodes well for the Kyoto process.

Published By Datamonitor
29 Jun 2005
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Changes afoot in Russian electricity and gas markets

Following the fall of the Soviet Union, the Russian economy slumped and the demand for electricity and gas plummeted. While demand has revived during the economic recovery that began in the late 1990s, the years of neglect have affected the infrastructure of the Russian power industry to the point that without private investment, a lack of capacity may place a cap on further economic growth.

Published By Datamonitor
25 Oct 2005
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Gazprom: prescient predictions

With all the major EU utility groups structurally short on equity gas, Gazprom is forecasting that its exports of gas into Europe will reach 151 billion cubic meters (bcm) by next year, 3% up on this. However by 2010 it aims to increase this figure to 180bcm, a forecast that, given the importance of Russian gas imports to the European gas market, may well prove accurate.

Published By Datamonitor
18 Nov 2005

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