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LNG: US arbitrage creates further price pressures in UK

Currently prevailing wholesale gas prices on both sides of the Atlantic could precipitate further retail price rises for UK energy consumers this winter. The fact that US gas prices are considerably higher than those in the UK creates scope for already tight gas supplies in the UK to become even tighter this winter as LNG cargoes are diverted to the higher priced market.

Published By Datamonitor
21 Oct 2005
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LNG set for extended European role despite limitations

Recent comments made by the chief executive of Wintershall highlight the limitations of LNG. However, despite these limitations, LNG is still a highly important aspect of the European gas sector and is certain to continue its expanding role in the coming years, as Datamonitor's Andrew Hill explains...

Published By Datamonitor
31 Jan 2006
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Lithuania's government has few options in supply contract dispute

The courses of action open to Lithuania in its gas supply contract dispute with Gazprom appear to be limited. A contract signed in 2004 tied gas import prices to an oil linked indexation formula. Rising oil prices mean that the import price for 2006 will rise by 46% - an unwelcome situation for the government, but one in which it has little, if any, room for maneuver.

Published By Datamonitor
05 Dec 2005
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Liquefied natural gas: cargoes do not necessarily follow price

European utilities and governments are placing more and more emphasis on the movement of liquefied natural gas by tanker to bolster supply security. Sole reliance on regional price dynamics to attract deliveries of this important and flexible source of gas supply is not sufficient and additional strategies may be required.

Published By Datamonitor
30 May 2006
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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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CommentWire

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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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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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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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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CommentWire

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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