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India: ninth round of oil and gas auctions only receives limited interest from overseas

A total of 74 bids were received for the ninth round of NELP auctions in India, primarily from state-owned companies. ONGC provisionally won 10 blocks, while OIL won three and Reliance Industries won two. BG Group and BHP Billiton, the only foreign companies involved, secured just one block; however, this lack of overseas investment has been offset by the return of larger domestic companies.

Published By Datamonitor
05 Apr 2011
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India: domestic energy alternatives may be more feasible than joining Iran-Pakistan pipeline

With the signing of the gas pipeline agreement between Iran and Pakistan, India must now decide whether or not to pursue the proposed Iran-Pakistan-India pipeline. India has already voiced a great deal of skepticism over the viability of the proposal, and alternative sources such as domestic gas production or nuclear energy could both prove to be more reliable and cost-effective solutions.

Published By Datamonitor
09 Jun 2010
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India looking to global gas giants to help exploit untapped shale gas reserves

Due to the increased focus on natural gas resources across the globe and rising gas prices, the Indian government has announced plans to auction off shale gas blocks, in order to exploit its untapped reserves. The move will bridge the country's energy supply-demand gap, and will also reduce the pressure currently being placed on conventional sources of energy in India.

Published By Datamonitor
26 Oct 2010
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India and China to benefit as global solar PV returns to pre-recession growth

Following a period of uncertainty due to the financial crisis, the global solar PV industry grew by around 70% in 2010, driven by Western European countries, particularly Germany and Italy. The next decade is expected to be a strong one for the industry, led by established solar markets as well as emerging ones such as the US, China, and India.

Published By Datamonitor
07 Mar 2011
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Ignore the bluster: Nord Stream is inevitable

Vladimir Putin recently threatened to pull the plug on Nord Stream, the sub-sea pipeline that will transport gas from Russia to Germany via the Baltic Sea. However, this is nothing more than brinkmanship from Moscow's strongman, as Russia covets the political power that such a project will bring. Equally, the EU needs Nord Stream, particularly after the August invasion of Georgia.

Published By Datamonitor
14 Nov 2008
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IEA report underlines long term supply side challenge for oil markets

The IEA World Energy Outlook has highlighted longer term supply side constraints, despite the precipitous correction in world oil prices of late, as current depletion rates outstrip future demand. Rather than a shortage of physical reserves, the report focuses on a slowdown in necessary investment, which political stability and falling prices could exacerbate.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Nov 2008
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Hungarian gas auction marks a tentative step towards competition

The recent gas auction in Hungary represents a step forward for competitive development by easing one of the currently prevailing barriers to new market entrants. However, despite this progress, meaningful competition remains a long way away.

Published By Datamonitor
15 May 2006
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HP demonstrates collaboration across multiple business units with new Shell partnership

HP is to work with Shell to develop a wireless sensing system for use on land. Despite coming to the market late and in the face of stiff competition, HP claims its technology will deliver a major competitive advantage to Shell. By bringing several disparate business units together to deliver the product, HP hopes to be able to deflect past criticism of its slow integration of Enterprise Services.

Published By Datamonitor
25 Feb 2010
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Hasty response to Gulf of Mexico oil spill risks global supply crisis

The Gulf of Mexico oil spill has raised the prospect of tighter regulation of the deep water drilling industry around the world. The US government imposed a deep water drilling moratorium after the oil spill that was later overturned by the courts and then re-imposed in July. Even the shallow water drilling process has been affected by delays in approving new permits.

Published By Datamonitor
27 Aug 2010
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Growing problems threaten to make the Nabucco project a pipedream

The troubled history of the EU-inspired Nabucco pipeline continued last week when the Hungarian ambassador, Mihaly Bayer, stated that Iranian gas would be critical to feed the pipeline in order to reduce dependence on Russian supplies. While such a statement may prove to be true, at this stage, the chances of the pipeline ever being built look increasingly remote.

Published By Datamonitor
09 Jun 2008

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