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Netherlands: Network liberalization will guarantee both consolidation and competition

By creating a fully independent transmission system the Dutch government may hasten Nuon's takeover by a foreign utility. However, after European utilities consolidate, fully independent transmission networks may turn out to have been a prescient policy decision.

Published By Datamonitor
06 Sep 2006
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CommentWire

National Grid: finding solace on a distant shore

That UK-based network operator National Grid will now garner greater profit from its US business than its European arm only serves to highlight the stunted liberalization of the EU energy market. Implementation of the second electricity and gas directive has been patchy at best, with power distribution set to remain under the aegis of individual member states for some time to come.

Published By Datamonitor
07 Mar 2006
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National Grid's call for strategic gas storage is warranted

The UK's gas network operator has told the Trade and Industry Select Committee that "an urgent review of the strategic reserves would be welcome". While market-led investment in large scale storage would be preferable, the reality of growing import dependence and insufficient price signals at the NBP may necessitate state involvement.

Published By Datamonitor
23 Jun 2006
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CommentWire

National Grid Transco: integration the goal for auction winners

National Grid Transco's [NGT.L] proposed sale of UK gas distribution networks may well be affected by wrangling over the regulated asset value of these businesses. This appears simply to be horse trading before the preliminary bids are issued, and the real strategic importance of these assets lies in the potential development of horizontally integrated operations.

Published By Datamonitor
29 Jun 2004
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National Grid Transco: GBP6 billion bonanza

The sale of four of eight gas distribution networks has National Grid Transco [NGT.L] looking to the future. Following one of the largest cash deals in recent corporate history, the grid operator earned a 20% premium on its regulated asset value, lowered debts and ensured a decent return for investors. The preferred bidders could all look to follow this regulated asset model.

Published By Datamonitor
02 Sep 2004
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National Grid Transco: a postcode lottery?

UK regional gas distribution price increases may come into force in October. Eight regional charges will replace a flat gas distribution charge, and retail tariffs could rise by 1.1% nationally. The implications for incumbent gas supplier Centrica are crucial: it may introduce regional retail tariffs to compensate, something Ofgem needs to appreciate at the outset.

Published By Datamonitor
12 May 2005
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Nabucco: still just a pipedream?

Nabucco faces many difficulties, most significantly soaring construction costs and sourcing the gas. However, the EU ETS has the potential to make the project economically viable. Furthermore, Turkmenistan is showing signs of commitment to supply the pipeline, and although improved Western-Iranian relations are not on the horizon, Iran should be considered a viable supply solution in the long run.

Published By Datamonitor
08 Oct 2008
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MOL: one step closer to acquiring Croatia's INA

Hungary-based MOL's long-held ambition of acquiring Croatian firm INA is one step closer to reality now that it has become the largest shareholder in the company, after purchasing many of the shares issued in a free float. Further talks are underway regarding MOL's desire to purchase some or all of Croatian government's remaining share, while Austria's OMV is keeping an unexpectedly low profile.

Published By Datamonitor
30 Oct 2008
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Low-temperature, low-pressure systems could take waste heat recovery into the mainstream

A growing number of eco-awards are being won by process heat recovery systems. The Aqua-Society, for example, won the 2010 German Sustainability Award for its production of electricity from low-pressure waste steam at temperatures as low as 70 degrees Celsius. While such capabilities could help popularize the technology, it remains to be seen whether it can match the success of wind and solar.

Published By Datamonitor
30 Jun 2010
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Longer than expected Rough outage further pressurizes gas prices

News that Rough, the UK's largest gas storage facility, will be out of operation for longer than expected will do little to ease conditions in what is already an extremely tight wholesale gas market. The ongoing tension between supply and demand will continue to exert pressure on wholesale gas prices that will ultimately and inevitably be borne by consumers.

Published By Datamonitor
16 Mar 2006

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