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Italian gas: tough love from the AEEG

Italian energy regulator AEEG has made a name for itself as a tough referee and devoted proponent of transparency and market liberalization. Reinforcing this image, it recently fined five gas utilities for not providing information for an inquiry on time. While the utilities may not appreciate having such a tough regulator at present, it should serve the Italian energy market well in the long-run.

Published By Datamonitor
27 Oct 2006
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Italian network unbundling: aggressive government action will hit Eni

Romano Prodi's new government has taken an aggressive stance on network unbundling, and this will have far-reaching implications for Italian energy giant Eni and its natural gas network. Perhaps displeased with the slow pace of ongoing regulatory and anti-trust proceedings into the natural gas transmitter, the government is leaving nothing to chance.

Published By Datamonitor
13 Jun 2006
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Italian regulator voices concerns over Eni-Gazprom deal

Gazprom's plans to expand downstream into the Italian energy market have again encountered resistance from regulators, with the Italian Antitrust Authority voicing concerns over a cooperation deal with Eni. While such a deal would undoubtedly be beneficial to both Gazprom and its proposed partner Eni, the benefits to consumers are less discernable.

Published By Datamonitor
28 Sep 2006
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Japan and Australia: changes in leadership could radically alter both countries' energy markets

The prime ministers of Australia and Japan have both stepped down, in the hope that their replacements will be better placed to win their forthcoming elections. Energy policies were a key factor in both resignations, and therefore the impact of these new appointments on the domestic energy markets in both countries could be substantial.

Published By Datamonitor
05 Jul 2010
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Japan: pursuing Australia's natural gas resources

For the past three years, Australia has hosted a thrilling race to develop its coal seam gas resources. BG Group is the current market leader, with other IOC/NOC joint ventures close behind; Shell made the most recent move, offering to acquire the remaining shares of its partner Arrow Energy. Yet, with competition continuing apace, Japan's strategic purchases have been largely overlooked.

Published By Datamonitor
15 Mar 2010
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Kazakhstan: state-backed oil producer pressures western consortium for a share in major gas project

International oil companies operating in Kazakhstan, Central Asia's biggest energy producer, are facing an increasingly adverse investment climate. In a bid to loosen the grip of foreign firms on oil and gas projects, the Kazakh government is enlisting an arsenal of regulatory measures, including tax claims, reinstated oil tax duties and production quotas.

Published By Datamonitor
09 Nov 2010
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Korean Oil: bid for Dana Petroleum may turn hostile

Korean National Oil Corporation's $2.6 billion bid for UK-based Dana Petroleum as part of its globalization strategy has been rejected on the grounds that it undervalues the company. Although the deal may still go ahead, potentially becoming a hostile takeover situation, both companies have active growth plans that would see them thrive regardless of whether the deal progresses.

Published By Datamonitor
19 Aug 2010
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Latest Indian gas price dispute leads to government intervention

Although the Indian exploration and production industry holds great potential for all stakeholders, the lack of transparent or consistent regulatory guidelines has left investors skeptical. The government has been forced to intervene in the latest conflict caused by these market limitations, which could have far reaching consequences for the activities of domestic and international E&P players.

Published By Datamonitor
24 Aug 2009
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Libya: the new oil frontier

The media spotlight has fallen on Libya and the activities of international oil companies there after the release on compassionate grounds of al-Magrahi, the man held in connection with the bombing of Pan Am flight 103. However, despite the controversy caused by his release, it should be remembered that the companies have been active in Libya since US-led sanctions ended in 2004, and before.

Published By Datamonitor
28 Aug 2009
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Liquefied natural gas is here to stay

The long term LNG import contract recently signed by Centrica underlines the need for diversification in natural gas sourcing as the UK shifts to become a net importer of gas in coming years. As Datamonitor's Alex Solomon explains, LNG will play an increasingly important role in securing the UK's gas supplies, but questions remain over how to best price contracts...

Published By Datamonitor
26 Aug 2004

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