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China: metal price hike may lead to the development of more sustainable antimony mining

Global metal prices have risen by 150%, largely due to the closure of illegal antimony mines in China because of health and safety reasons, logistical problems and government intervention. While this may not be good news for traders, higher metal prices may incentivize China and other countries with rich reserves of antimony to mine the rare material in a more sustainable and safer manner.

Published By Datamonitor
23 Sep 2010
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Chinese dominance in clean energy equipment will have worrying effect on energy politics

China's rise to become the world leader in the production of clean tech equipment and rare earth metals will have negative consequences for the West in both economic and political terms. Aside from resulting in the eastward migration of industry players, the trend will allow China to gain control over the sector in a manner reminiscent of OPEC.

Published By Datamonitor
08 Mar 2010
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CNOOC/Chesapeake deal could provide technological push for China's shale gas industry

In a bid to bridge its supply-demand gap, China is looking to acquire US exploration and production companies' technical expertise so that it can develop and monetize its potentially huge untapped shale gas reserves. By acquiring a 33.3% interest in the US' Eagle Ford shale formation, state-owned CNOOC has taken the lead in this direction, which could see other Chinese companies follow suit.

Published By Datamonitor
20 Oct 2010
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ConocoPhillips: looking to improve shareholder value by cutting Russian ties

ConocoPhillips has announced plans to sell part of its stake in Lukoil and its entire stake by the end of 2011. While the sale should have a positive impact on Conoco, allowing it to reduce its debt, Lukoil will lose the backing of one of the world's largest international oil companies. The sale will also impact the Russian oil industry's aims to strengthen bilateral energy relationships.

Published By Datamonitor
13 Oct 2010
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Continuing increases of US ethanol exports to the EU will fuel further tension

US corn-based ethanol production has dramatically increased recently, and at times the commodity trades at lower prices than petrol. As US demand is capped due to blending restrictions, the surplus is exported. European ethanol producers are bound to call for investigations into import tariffs if the current US blenders' tax credit is extended.

Published By Datamonitor
07 Dec 2010
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Croatian LNG terminal highly viable if obstacles can be overcome

Plans for a Croatian LNG terminal have taken another step forward following the commencement of a feasibility study and the signing of a cooperation agreement among the project partners. While the project will prove a fillip to the Croatian gas market, it will also have positive implications for a number of surrounding markets if developed.

Published By Datamonitor
18 Sep 2006
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Crunch time for Nabucco

Turkish prime minister Tayyip Recep Erdogan delivered a pointed message to European energy markets on a three-day visit to Brussels last week, stating that, if talks on Turkey's accession to the EU remain blocked: "we would of course review our position". This was Ankara 'playing the energy card', and demonstrated how developments through 2008 have changed Europe's energy outlook.

Published By Datamonitor
26 Jan 2009
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Curbs on US offshore drilling delay moves to reduce reliance on foreign oil

The White House has announced that it will not cancel the moratorium on sales of exploration leases in the eastern section of the Gulf of Mexico and the southern Atlantic coast until at least 2017. This means that the issue will not be dealt with within Obama's time in office, even if he serves a second term, which amounts to an unnecessary waste of time.

Published By Datamonitor
07 Dec 2010
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Davos: the oil shock strikes back?

High demand and investors seeking refuge in commodities from uncertainty in the world's financial markets drove oil prices up to record levels in 2008, peaking at around $147. However, falling demand due to the global recession sent prices plummeting to $40 per barrel, prompting OPEC spokesmen to raise concerns at the Davos summit of a lack of investment and supply constraints in the near future.

Published By Datamonitor
12 Feb 2009
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Does Centrica's involvement in the EDF-BE deal still make sense?

In September 2008, EDF announced it was to acquire British Energy for GBP12.5 billion, with a 25% stake going to British utilities giant Centrica as part of the deal. In light of recent declines in commodity prices, Centrica's shareholders have raised questions over the company's involvement in the deal, however, over the long-term, the investment may turn out to be a shrewd move.

Published By Datamonitor
05 Mar 2009

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