Opinion on Utilities in Netherlands

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CommentWire
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Vattenfall: going Dutch for 'super league' dreams

In line with its European expansion plans, Sweden's Vattenfall looks set to add the Netherlands to its growing presence outside its core Nordic market and to beef up its existing assets in Germany and Poland, according to Platts Commodity News. However, the company needs to remember that different markets require different entry strategies.

Published By Datamonitor
25 Jul 2005
Expert View
Expert View

UK joins non-binding EU agreement to support nuclear

The UK and 11 other EU countries have signaled their support for nuclear generation. Datamonitor expects benefits from such "soft" agreements to be long-term and to include easier access to funding and R&D sharing. In the short term, the UK government's new carbon price floor will make low-carbon generation, including nuclear, more attractive.

Published By Datamonitor
19 Mar 2013
CommentWire
CommentWire

Shell/Bechtel: exploiting internal synergies for InterGen

Shell should seek to integrate its power venture InterGen into Shell Gas & Power and sell some regulated assets. Then Shell could either invest further downstream in the US electricity market or use its extensive US gas business to exploit the spark spread - rather than being the victim of it.

Published By Datamonitor
02 Aug 2002
CommentWire
CommentWire

RWE: Essent acquisition will boost European presence

Following the unbundling of the Dutch utilities market in July 2008, RWE is poised to purchase Essent, achieving a long held ambition to acquire assets in Holland. Although the E9.3 billion price tag is higher than many expected, RWE will acquire approximately 6,200MW of generation in Holland, with lower levels of emissions than its existing capacity in Germany.

Published By Datamonitor
22 Jan 2009
CommentWire
CommentWire

Reliant: going back to what it knows best

The US power firm's earnings were forced down by losses from its European unit, as well as cooler weather and higher generation costs. Reliant is now expected to divest non-core assets, including its European assets, as it focuses on the US unregulated wholesale power market. This should improve its future prospects.

Published By Datamonitor
29 Oct 2001
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CommentWire

Reliant Energy: it could have been worse

Losing $900 million on the sale of 11 Dutch power stations looks like a very bad deal, but it is not in this case. Reliant bought at the peak of the market and overcapacity has depressed asset values across Europe over the last year or so. A price of $370/kW is about right for current market conditions.

Published By Datamonitor
24 Feb 2003
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CommentWire

Nuon: shareholders holding out for a better deal

The proposed merger between Dutch utilities Nuon and Essent has hit the buffers, with two Dutch provinces which own 23% of Nuon opposing the planned deal. While it may seem strange that the shareholders would oppose the creation of a new national champion, it could be that they would prefer to hold out for a wealthier suitor such as E.ON or Enel.

Published By Datamonitor
10 Apr 2007
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CommentWire

Nuon/Essent: merger could expose holes in European energy policy

Dutch power and gas firms Nuon and Essent have entered into merger talks, which could result in the formation of an E20 billion utility company. While such a large player would benefit from various synergies and economies of scale, the primary aim of the anticipated merger would be more of a defensive ploy than an attempt by the two companies to augment their market-competitive profile.

Published By Datamonitor
22 Jan 2007
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CommentWire

NRE: bidding war may require Dutch courage

According to the Dutch financial newspaper Het Financieele Dagblad, NRE, a regional energy supplier in the Netherlands, is going to be taken over. Four potential bidders have been mentioned, and each would have different reasons for doing so. However, given the financial strength of each of the four, the final price is likely to be high.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Apr 2005
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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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