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European wholesale market maturity still varies widely

New research by Datamonitor indicates that the size and speed of wholesale traded gas and power market development will continue to vary widely across Europe even in the decade following full market opening in July 2007. However, looking further ahead to 2018, it is likely that a new set of trading hubs in Europe's emerging wholesale markets will have emerged.

Published By Datamonitor
25 Oct 2005
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Exxon's acquisition of XTO reflects changed gas landscape in 2009

The decision by ExxonMobil to buy shale gas producer XTO and shift its strategic focus towards gas reflects an increased global emphasis on environmental impact and technological advances to expand recoverable reserves. While these trends are likely to continue, key issues like economic uncertainty and the debate surrounding long-term oil-indexed gas contracts will be the central drivers in 2010.

Published By Datamonitor
21 Dec 2009
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ExxonMobil claims that global LNG demand is set to triple by 2030

ExxonMobil has claimed that there will be major growth in LNG demand over the next 20 years. Furthermore, it is expected that the Atlantic Basin will become the major consumer of LNG at the expense of the Pacific Basin. However, in order for LNG to reach the dizzy heights expected by Exxon, high costs, technological challenges and geopolitical concerns will all need to be addressed.

Published By Datamonitor
17 Apr 2008
CommentWire
CommentWire

ExxonMobil: untapped oil and gas reserves in the Black Sea lure the oil major to Russia

Rosneft has signed its second major offshore exploration agreement in a month. Having agreed a deal with BP in early January 2011 over exploration rights in the Arctic, the company has now also struck a deal with ExxonMobil to explore the Black Sea for oil and gas. Taken together, these deals are seen as part of a strategy by Russia to improve its reputation as an investment-friendly destination.

Published By Datamonitor
02 Feb 2011
CommentWire
CommentWire

Falklands oil: stand-off over sovereignty could mean lost opportunities

The ongoing dispute between the UK and Argentina over sovereignty of the Falkland Islands is hampering development of important oil and gas resources. The disagreement threatens both development and economic gain and, unless resolved, will lead to a significant lost opportunity. Argentina must look beyond the current dispute and approach the drilling operations as a boon for the economy.

Published By Datamonitor
26 Feb 2010
CommentWire
CommentWire

Feed-in tariffs in Germany: consumers are paying the price for renewable energy development

The German Renewable Act has successfully increased renewable energy capacity from 6% of total generation capacity in 2000 to 16% in 2009. However, in order to compensate for higher demand, lower wholesale prices and last year's levy deficit, German consumers will have to foot a bill of E13.5 billion in 2011. This should be a warning to other countries of the immediate costs of such policies.

Published By Datamonitor
25 Oct 2010
CommentWire
CommentWire

France-Spain interconnector: receives EIB funding, but concerns over EU generation capacity remain

A E350m loan from the European Investment Bank is to boost a project for a new France-Spain interconnector. The EU is driving such projects as a crucial part of its objective of a single internal energy market. However, interconnectors are no substitute for investment in generation capacity, and with many nations banking on increasing imports, there may not be enough power to go round.

Published By Datamonitor
14 Oct 2011
CommentWire
CommentWire

France: boosting hopes of a European shale gas boom

Shale gas production remains a niche activity, despite increased coverage in the press. Few countries produce shale gas and fewer still can ensure that its extraction techniques are actually environmentally safe. France is by no means alone in resisting shale production on environmental grounds, but has now come to realize that its mining laws prevent it from imposing a moratorium on the practice.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Feb 2011
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French energy markets in 2009: a departure from dirigisme?

2009 played host to some little-noted but important steps towards liberalization in the French gas and power markets. Although these developments were somewhat arcane and certainly modest in terms of tangible progress, they should be seen in the context of a society in which state-influence of the commanding heights remains a shibboleth.

Published By Datamonitor
07 Jan 2010
CommentWire
CommentWire

G8 energy: all for none?

At the G8 summit in Russia, leaders once again demonstrated that these events are merely a meeting of minds, not a mechanism to create aligned policy. There was little unanimity on nuclear and it is clear that Russia, as a net exporter of gas, has different priorities.

Published By Datamonitor
20 Jul 2006

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