Opinion on Wholesale Energy in Europe

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New sectors are likely to drive growth in the oil and gas market during this decade

While the recession has reduced the strength of some conventional players, it has created an opportunity for others to increase their clout in the segment. The oil and gas sector is likely to witness interesting developments that will provide new opportunities for industry players in this decade, such as an increased focus on unconventional fuels.

Published By Datamonitor
08 Feb 2011
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EC: turning timely attention to the interconnector infrastructure linking France and Spain

Spain abounds with solar and wind power capacity, and its numerous LNG import terminals and pipeline entry points make it a resource hub for Europe. However, poor gas and power interconnectors with France risk isolating the Iberian Peninsula and damaging its economic ties with Europe, so help from the EC could not come at a more opportune moment.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Feb 2011
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Turkmenistan: emerging as a strong gas partner for the EU

In an attempt to establish itself as an exporter to the EU, Turkmenistan has announced plans to provide some of its 40bcm annual surplus of natural gas to the Nabucco pipeline project. Although this will allow the country to diversify its export markets, it will face numerous challenges to selling its gas to the EU, as it will have to bypass the two major players in the region, Iran and Russia.

Published By Datamonitor
10 Dec 2010
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Will the early introduction of a UK carbon floor price really create a level playing field?

The prospect of a potential energy supply gap has revived the carbon floor price debate. While the British government has proposed a minimum price under which carbon cannot fall - which would make fossil fuel generation more costly - it is not yet clear whether the floor price is a real commitment to cleaner technology, a much-needed subsidy for nuclear power, or both.

Published By Datamonitor
24 Nov 2010
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Commodity prices: buoyed by QE2 and speculative investment inflows

Although the global economy is slowly recovering from the worst downturn since the second world war, policymakers in Western countries are finding it very difficult to stimulate growth and boost aggregate demand. Monetary easing now remains the lone tool after further fiscal stimulus was ruled out at June's G20 summit, where heads of state pledged to halve national budget deficits by 2013.

Published By Datamonitor
17 Nov 2010
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Concerns over the rising price of oil are unjustified

There has been a burst of speculation that oil may reach $100/bbl, following a remark made by Saudi Arabia's oil minister that appeared to suggest a new acceptable oil price range of $70-90/bbl. However, all the minister was doing was suggesting that oil above the normally accepted top end of $80/bbl was not causing damage to the global economy.

Published By Datamonitor
08 Nov 2010
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New Poland-Russia gas deal suits long-term EU plan to leave Russia out in the cold

In 2009, a deal was negotiated to bring more of Russia's gas to Poland and give Gazprom and PGNiG exclusive control over the Polish section of the Yamal pipeline. However, the EU raised concerns that the agreement contravened laws over pipeline ownership. The deal has now been renegotiated to bring it in line with EU legislation, weakening Moscow's long-term prospects in the European gas market.

Published By Datamonitor
27 Oct 2010
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Debate over France's commodity derivatives markets has global ramifications

The risk analysis institute of the French Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales has raised questions over France's new derivatives policies, providing further evidence of the schism of opinion in the country. This debate will no doubt elevate numerous important questions to the international stage as France takes presidency of the G20.

Published By Datamonitor
19 Oct 2010
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UK energy suppliers have been warned over unpublicized energy price rises

Chris Huhne, the UK secretary of state for energy and climate change, has given energy suppliers a stern but fundamentally unnecessary warning regarding their practice of raising prices without notice. Ofgem is set to consult with the industry on this issue next month, and has a strong track record of facilitating changes to the industry, without requiring the stick of amended legislation.

Published By Datamonitor
24 Sep 2010
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Gazprom and Naftogaz: closer relationship likely

A partnership between Russia's Gazprom and Ukraine's Naftogaz, inconceivable 18 months ago, now looks likely. With Ukraine under pressure to reduce its massive budget deficit, and with Russia keen to shore up a key route to the European gas market in the face of increasing competition, some form of takeover seems imminent.

Published By Datamonitor
08 Sep 2010

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