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UK-Europe pipeline: enhanced capacity requires enhanced legislation

On the back of UK energy minister Malcolm Wicks' admission that the Interconnector pipeline "is not working properly", the Energy Intensive Users Group has called for the UK operator to be given control of spare capacity. However, shipper failure to maximize imports at a time of record high prices is more a result of impotent legislation than player manipulation.

Published By Datamonitor
08 Feb 2006
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK LNG: foreign suppliers are failing to deliver

UK wholesale gas prices have been at a premium to the US market; however, this has failed to encourage LNG shippers, which have diverted tankers away from the UK. Cargo needs, capacity planning and concerns about the security of supply should be raised, given that market fundamentals are not at work. A supply failure, albeit temporary, must be corrected for the market to function efficiently.

Published By Datamonitor
01 Apr 2008
Expert View
Expert View

UK gas grid tested by weather extremes

The first few weeks of 2010 saw the UK gas grid come under intense pressure, as unusually cold temperatures drove demand well above seasonal norms. The situation was worsened by outages in North Sea supply and constraints in the gas grid, which culminated in spiking wholesale prices and the interruption of supply to nearly 100 industrial users.

Published By Datamonitor
21 Jan 2010
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CommentWire

UK energy supply: Russia's bullish forecast unlikely in medium term

Russian President Vladimir Putin has been quoted saying that by 2010 10% of UK gas demand is likely to be sourced from Russian imports. Whilst Russian gas will no doubt assume greater prominence in the UK over time, Mr Putin's forecast appears extremely bullish given the availability of geographically closer gas sources and is unlikely to materialize in the short to medium term.

Published By Datamonitor
21 Oct 2005
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Expert View

Trouble in North Africa threatens Europe's fuel supplies

As revolution sweeps through the Middle East and North Africa, the region's economic stability is increasingly at risk. It took only two days for Libya to descend into full-scale civil war, and Algeria remains on high alert. While the political mayhem is a threat to Europe's post-colonial legacy, Libya and Algeria stand out from the rest due to Europe's dependence on their oil and gas resources.

Published By Datamonitor
23 Feb 2011
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Security of supply conundrum finally cracked by fission

Amid security of supply concerns, the UK government has taken an unprecedented move towards nuclear power generation, naming 11 possible sites for new plant development. Many had expected the supply shortages to be filled by a second dash for gas, but the structure of the UK energy market and the difficulty of securing gas supplies have made this option highly improbable.

Published By Datamonitor
22 Apr 2009
CommentWire
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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CommentWire

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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CommentWire

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
CommentWire
CommentWire

Gazprom: asset-owning shippers raise competition concerns

The proposed infrastructure swap with Gasunie would see Gazprom move ever closer to the UK market over which it has long had designs. However the move would raise wider questions of market power with a wholesaler having some degree of control over a capacity bottleneck between the UK and the continent.

Published By Datamonitor
12 Jun 2006

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