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CommentWire
CommentWire

EdF: last deregulation obstacle could be on way out

Reports in the French newspaper Le Figaro suggest EdF is planning to raise prices for its commercial customers. If so, the last of four obstacles to competition will have been removed, allowing new entrants real access into the market with the genuine prospect of success.

Published By Datamonitor
27 May 2004
CommentWire
CommentWire

Gas trading: France joins in

Energy market reform across Europe will mean that more gas trading markets are created in coming years. However, the large number of long-term contracts already in place in the French market is just one of several limitations to the development of gas trading in France. Moving forwards, traded volumes will grow slowly.

Published By Datamonitor
12 Aug 2004
CommentWire
CommentWire

Shell: Total speculation

The furor over Shell's reserve estimate downgrades makes it vulnerable to a takeover by France's Total, according to the UK's Observer newspaper. However, with high oil prices fuelling an intemperate M&A climate and Shell being in a stronger position than has been portrayed, such an occurrence seems rather unlikely.

Published By Datamonitor
17 Aug 2004
CommentWire
CommentWire

Electricite de France: six major challenges ahead

Pierre Gadonneix, the current chairman of the French gas utility GDF, is widely tipped to be unveiled as the new EdF head later this week. Doubtless he will be receiving many good luck messages as he prepares to take on the role: he will need them, with at least six major challenges already weighing down his in-tray.

Published By Datamonitor
08 Sep 2004
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK energy: nuclear option key to supply diversity

With increasing demand for energy, restricted supply, and Kyoto targets on reducing greenhouse gas emissions to meet, the case for building new nuclear plants, once dismissed as a last resort, is rapidly regaining force. The importance of the nuclear role as part of a diverse generation portfolio must not be underestimated.

Published By Datamonitor
15 Sep 2004
Expert View
Expert View

Signs of progress in NWE gas market liberalization

Recent signals from France and Germany suggest a genuine effort is finally being made to push through energy market liberalization. The French gas regulator has reiterated its determination to realize nationwide competition, while in Germany the new Eurohub market starts trading shortly. However, as Datamonitor's Andrew Hill explains, considerable obstacles still need to be overcome...

Published By Datamonitor
28 Sep 2004
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Expert View

EDF needs to rise to the gas challenge in France

Electricite de France has announced plans to enter the French I&C gas market. However, despite being the monopoly electricity supplier in France, EDF must recognize that size will not necessarily bring results. While low gas uptake in France leaves a large potential client base, EDF will still face an uphill struggle to make this count.

Published By Datamonitor
01 Nov 2004
CommentWire
CommentWire

French gas: new entrants double up

The decision of Spanish utilities Gas Natural [GAS.MC] and Iberdrola [IBE.MC] to enter the French gas market does not presage cut-throat competition in the sector, but it is a step in the right direction. Just as importantly, it is also a small step on the way to the development of a Western Mediterranean gas hub.

Published By Datamonitor
18 Nov 2004
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CommentWire

French utilities: going, going, gone?

Shares in three of France's major energy companies will soon be up for sale. GDF and Areva should not be hard to sell, but EDF poses more problems, with concerns over the funding of nuclear decommissioning a major worry. However, there are clear benefits to be had from the move in terms of bolstering competition, even if EDF is some way from losing its established dominance.

Published By Datamonitor
14 Feb 2005
CommentWire
CommentWire

EDF: negotiations preserve closed shop

Electricite de France (EDF) has proposed concessions to Italian state energy company Enel designed to aid the lifting of the 2% cap on its voting rights in Italian generator Edison. EDF has proposed a series of options to Enel to resolve the dispute, however, this type of bargaining process for access rights only serves to emphasize the continued fragmentary nature of the EU power market.

Published By Datamonitor
24 Feb 2005

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