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Regional gas arenas are first step on long road to pan-European market

New regulatory proposals aimed at improving levels of competitive intensity in the European gas market have the potential to give a welcome, and much needed, fillip to the EU's aim of creating a single European gas market. However, the sheer diversity and broad range of competitive conditions in Europe's gas markets create significant obstacles to these aims.

Published By Datamonitor
03 May 2006
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Polish pipeline success depends on choice of supply source

Plans to build a gas pipeline link between Poland and Germany are continuing to advance. When complete, the pipeline will bring a number of benefits including increased security and diversity of supply, as well as making PGNiG's upcoming IPO more attractive to potential investors. However, judicious choice of gas supplier is key to ensuring the pipeline produces the maximum potential benefits.

Published By Datamonitor
25 Aug 2005
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CommentWire

Polish gas market: LNG import terminal could secure supply

In an effort to reduce Poland's dependence on Russian gas, and ultimately enhance the country's energy supply security, national incumbent PGNiG is building an LNG import facility on its Baltic coast. However, the facility, which is set to be completed by 2011, could face numerous setbacks.

Published By Datamonitor
13 Feb 2008
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Polish attempts to diversify from Russian gas supplies unlikely to yield desired result

Following hostilities in the Caucuses, the implications for European energy security are continuing to play out. While it remains an open question as to whether Central Asian reserves will be'off limits' with regards to Russian influence on supply routes, European states are taking action closer to home to reduce dependency on Russian gas. Poland currently occupies 'pole' position in this race.

Published By Datamonitor
05 Sep 2008
CommentWire
CommentWire

Poland: excitement over shale gas understandable but premature

US energy giants such as Exxon Mobil and ConocoPhillips are showing interest in the significant reserves of shale gas thought to lie beneath European soil, particularly in Poland. It is hoped that advances in drilling technology that have revolutionized the gas industry in North America can do the same in Europe, but there are a number of hurdles in place that may make the excitement short-lived.

Published By Datamonitor
29 Apr 2010
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CommentWire

Osaka Gas: redefining the super major

Japan's dependence on liquefied natural gas imports has created a market situation whereby the country boasts a large number of integrated energy companies. However, having invested significantly in Spain's Sagunto terminal, Osaka Gas is leading the way in breaking free of the burden of merely meeting domestic demand to show promise in other fields.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Jun 2010
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CommentWire

OMV/MOL: protectionist threat raised

Hungary's leading oil and gas company, MOL, objects strenuously to a potential acquisition by Austria's OMV and is partly relying upon the protectionist support of Hungary's socialist-led government to this end. This tactic, which is clearly against the spirit of EU energy liberalization, may backfire on MOL in the future.

Published By Datamonitor
03 Aug 2007
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OMV and MOL: battle for regional dominance in south-eastern Europe continues

Following Croatia's announcement that it is looking to sell more of its stake in state oil company INA, MOL and OMV have both shown an interest. However, as the companies attempt to try to assert de facto dominance in south-eastern Europe by buying a controlling stake in the Croatian oil major, MOL's expansion plans may be hampered by OMV's ongoing efforts to purchase its Hungarian counterpart.

Published By Datamonitor
23 Jul 2008
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CommentWire

Oil market volatility requires an innovative response from industry players

As oil and gas activity slowed down and oil prices remained volatile, many equipment manufacturers and engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) companies were hurt in 2009. The lessons learnt last year are likely to show that different strategies and business approaches are needed to sustain growth and profitability in 2010.

Published By Datamonitor
26 Mar 2010
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Oil giants post impressive but unsustainable Q3 successes

The majority of the world's biggest oil companies have posted impressive Q3 profits off the back of recovering oil and gas prices, increased production and, in some cases, improved refining margins and shrewd restructuring. However, refining is still a big challenge for many in the industry, and it remains to be seen whether profits so heavily dependent on fickle market prices can be sustained.

Published By Datamonitor
02 Nov 2010

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