Opinion on Utilities in Russia

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Lithuania: moves towards new roadmap for gas industry

Plans to split gas transportation and distribution assets in Lithuania have been endorsed by the country's parliament. Datamonitor believes that the plans, once approved by the president, will help move the Lithuanian gas industry towards unhindered access to the European gas infrastructure, while also changing the configuration of the domestic market.

Published By Datamonitor
11 Jul 2011
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Lukoil: breaking into Italy

Lukoil has set its sights on acquiring a 5% share in the Italian fuel retailing market following a joint venture with ERG in the ISAB oil refinery in Sicily. The move will allow Lukoil to consolidate its position in Europe, as well as boosting competition in a market that has historically been difficult to enter.

Published By Datamonitor
01 May 2009
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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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Lukoil: moving forward in non-fuel sales

Russian fuel retailer Lukoil has announced an eight-year plan to increase its focus on shop sales at its service stations, while its Baltic subsidiary has launched a new loyalty program. Both events serve to demonstrate Lukoil's new customer-centric aspirations, and suggest that we may see these aspirations being fulfilled in a rather innovative way.

Published By Datamonitor
20 Nov 2006
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New drinks review: El Paso launches quick fix cocktail mix

A range of novel drinks packagings have been noted by Productscan Online this month, which are designed to improve the taste of the product and its ability to stand out from the crowd. These include Coors' new beer can and Hain's Smoothies with a 4-way turbo straw. Some unusual dairy products have also recently been launched, from milk made from Kamut wheat, to a cucumber-flavored cow's milk.

Published By Datamonitor
11 Oct 2006
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New Poland-Russia gas deal suits long-term EU plan to leave Russia out in the cold

In 2009, a deal was negotiated to bring more of Russia's gas to Poland and give Gazprom and PGNiG exclusive control over the Polish section of the Yamal pipeline. However, the EU raised concerns that the agreement contravened laws over pipeline ownership. The deal has now been renegotiated to bring it in line with EU legislation, weakening Moscow's long-term prospects in the European gas market.

Published By Datamonitor
27 Oct 2010
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PKN Orlen/Lukoil: clash of the great eastern European fuel retailing titans

Polish oil giant PKN Orlen is beginning to flex its muscles on the eastern European service station market. Most recently, it has been reported that the company is seeking to purchase the Esso petrol network in the Czech Republic from ExxonMobil. However, PKN Orlen's plans are likely to clash with those of Lukoil, which has also been expanding aggressively in this region.

Published By Datamonitor
15 Mar 2007
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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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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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Round three of Russia/Ukraine conflict looms

Alarm bells sounded across Eastern European capitals this weekend as Gazprom warned that Naftohaz was perilously close to defaulting on debts for gas received - one of several triggers behind this year's and previous gas disputes which left thousands across Europe without heating. Although the climate may have warmed since January, Moscow's relations with Kiev and Brussels remain decidedly frosty.

Published By Datamonitor
26 May 2009

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