Opinion on Natural Resources in Europe

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Is BP yet to pay the price for its oil sands projects?

BP is selling a 50% stake in its Kirby oil sands assets to Devon Energy, resulting in a joint venture that will see these previously dormant assets utilized. As this will involve extremely energy- and carbon-intensive production methods, the move could further aggravate a group of BP shareholders that have already raised concerns over the firm's involvement in 'dirty' fuels.

Published By Datamonitor
18 Mar 2010
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Ireland's upstream boom will produce significant opportunities

Recently revised estimates of Ireland's oil and gas resource endowments paint an upbeat picture of future production levels. If these latest estimates translate into the production levels forecasted, Ireland has the potential to not only meet its indigenous oil and gas needs but also to become a net exporter.

Published By Datamonitor
25 May 2007
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Iranian impasse indicative of LNG exposure to rising political risk

Sonatrach has claimed that the global market for LNG will double by 2016. While this has a sharp resonance with previous predictions by the IEA, the meteoric rise of LNG is fast becoming weighed down by the same forces afflicting conventional hydrocarbon production; namely heightened levels of political risk and spiraling costs in upstream development as the latest developments in Tehran attest.

Published By Datamonitor
10 Jul 2008
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Iranian energy sector: US and EU embargoes likely to benefit Chinese oil companies

Iran's alleged nuclear activities have led the US and EU to impose new tougher sanctions on the country and its energy sector in a bid to cripple its oil-dependent economy. However, the Iranian energy sector is likely to find enough support from China to fill both the supply and demand gaps left by Western companies that have exited the market.

Published By Datamonitor
23 Aug 2010
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IOCs: facing difficult strategic choices

International oil companies (IOCs) are facing increasingly difficult challenges in the pursuit of sustainable development. Threatened by mounting pressure from shareholders and environmental groups, and restrained by limited access to high potential areas in Latin America, the Middle East, and Africa, IOCs must address these concerns while still offering value to their investors.

Published By Datamonitor
27 Apr 2010
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International oil companies: a new vision for biofuels

Royal Dutch Shell's new joint venture with the Brazilian sugar and biofuel goliath Cosan is indicative of a wider industry trend, with international oil companies seeing biofuels as an increasingly attractive investment alternative. Although significant barriers to the uptake of biofuels remain, the participation of these companies could symbolize a new vision for biofuels worldwide.

Published By Datamonitor
22 Feb 2010
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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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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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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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