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Global energy: EU gets nothing at summit

Developments at this month's World Summit in South Africa have left the US as the victor. No global targets or timetables were set for renewable energy; the EU and developing countries have been left to set their own. The only concrete targets the US has agreed are for sanitation. Unsurprisingly, environmentalists have been left smarting.

Published By Datamonitor
03 Sep 2002
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EDF's nuclear internationalization plans likely to succeed

EDF's plans to invest and partner in new build nuclear capacity projects around the world are a judicious move given its status as one of the world's leading nuclear power players. However, the attractions and prospects in its four target markets vary considerably.

Published By Datamonitor
02 Mar 2007
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World Bank attracts criticism with controversial loan for South African coal-fired plant

In one of its more controversial recent decisions, the World Bank has agreed to loan South Africa $3.75 billion to build a 4.8GW coal-fired power plant. Although this project is an urgent response to crippling power shortages that are posing a real threat to the industries on which the country is so dependent, the proposal has attracted criticism, especially from environmentalists.

Published By Datamonitor
22 Apr 2010
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South African government acknowledges mistakes and finally embraces nuclear

With electricity demand beginning to outstrip supply in South Africa, the government has been forced to look for alternative ways to boost capacity. After its highly unpopular move to take a loan from the World Bank in order to fund the construction of two new coal-fired power plants, state-owned utility Eskom will now turn to nuclear in an acknowledgement of its previous mistakes.

Published By Datamonitor
01 Jun 2010
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Back to BASICs for India at Cancun

It's COP time again, and the world will resume its yearly chant about the need to address climate change. The baby steps taken in Copenhagen at the COP15 will be the focus of attention as most developed nations push to make these into more binding agreements. There will therefore be a lot of interest in the four BASIC countries - Brazil, South Africa, India, and China - and what they come up with.

Published By Datamonitor
29 Nov 2010
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Africa: a great hope for oil producers but a forgotten continent for global media

Recent media coverage of the social unrest in Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya has referred to a "Middle Eastern crisis." However, these important oil producing nations are firmly African. The oversight is indicative of a broader media tendency to ignore similar problems taking place across Africa, where a number of elections throughout 2011 could further threaten the continent's oil and gas production.

Published By Datamonitor
02 Mar 2011
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France strengthens profile in South Africa with GDF Suez deal

GDF Suez has been awarded a EUR1.5bn contract to build new conventional thermal electricity capacity in South Africa. This outcome is partly due to France's aggressive stance concerning its domestic industrial interests abroad, and bodes very well for future South African transport, infrastructure, and nuclear development contracts to be awarded to French companies.

Published By Datamonitor
22 Oct 2013

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