Opinion on Utilities Networks in France

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GDF-Suez merger: opportunities for new entrants

The divesture of certain assets by GDF and Suez to appease European Commission conditions for their planned merger is an excellent opportunity for other energy players to augment their gas and electricity portfolios in some of western Europe's key energy markets.

Published By Datamonitor
19 Sep 2007
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EU energy market reforms meet mixed response

The EU has unveiled the third tranche of its liberalization package aimed at overhauling the European energy sector. The reforms focus on the setup of state-owned utilities and reiterate the EU's plans to enforce network unbundling. However, while anxious energy giants have been vocal in their opposition to the reforms, dissatisfied reformers are accusing the EU of not going far enough.

Published By Datamonitor
27 Sep 2007
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French gas retail: network system access is integral to competition

As in many other EU markets, the French gas distribution systems are owned and operated by utilities that are also involved in retail operations. A key example of this is distribution system operator GDF. Evidently, this situation is problematic, as there is real potential for conflicts of interest for the retail suppliers and their affiliated network businesses.

Published By Datamonitor
29 Oct 2007
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EDF to continue international expansion strategy

EDF chairman Pierre Gadonneix has been quoted by the Financial Times as saying that he plans to make further investments outside of the EU in response to European energy market liberalization. Given the market share that EDF is likely to lose in the wake of liberalization, this is a judicious move, particularly because of the firm's leading nuclear capabilities.

Published By Datamonitor
22 Nov 2007
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Suez/GdF merger likely to redraw European energy map

The long-running saga of the Suez/GdF merger has moved a step closer to completion following regulatory approval in France. Shareholders will now vote on the tie-up in July, but this is expected to be a formality as most of the hard bargaining was done in 2007. As the merger's completion moves closer, the European energy landscape is likely to shift as the new entity looks for market openings.

Published By Datamonitor
27 Jun 2008
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Centrica: ever the bridesmaid?

EDF has finally agreed to acquire British Energy, with the promise of a 25% share in the GBP12.5 billion deal for Centrica. The UK government believes that the deal marks significant progress towards securing Britain's future power supply, and by including Centrica, it can claim to have mitigated the negative publicity from effectively placing national energy policy in another government's hands.

Published By Datamonitor
02 Oct 2008
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Does Centrica's involvement in the EDF-BE deal still make sense?

In September 2008, EDF announced it was to acquire British Energy for GBP12.5 billion, with a 25% stake going to British utilities giant Centrica as part of the deal. In light of recent declines in commodity prices, Centrica's shareholders have raised questions over the company's involvement in the deal, however, over the long-term, the investment may turn out to be a shrewd move.

Published By Datamonitor
05 Mar 2009
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EDF: considering UK network sale as nuclear focus grows

EDF's recent acquisitions have significantly increased its nuclear asset base. Having acquired British Energy and part of Constellation earlier this year, as well as announcing plans to build 10 new nuclear plants in France and the UK, it has been reported that EDF is considering divesting its UK distribution assets. This would allow it to focus its resources on the nuclear generation renaissance.

Published By Datamonitor
13 May 2009
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Centrica and EDF strike win-win deal, but one wins more than the other

EDF and Centrica have finally struck a deal concluding the long running sale of British Energy. After months of negotiations it will come as a relief to both parties, but while EDF walks away with GBP2.3 billion and a 51% stake in SPE, the terms that Centrica secured will reap more immediate gains for the former UK incumbent.

Published By Datamonitor
13 May 2009
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EDF: looking for a way to clear E5 billion net debt

EDF has appointed Deutsche Bank to advise it on the sale of its UK power grid infrastructure assets as the power producer looks to wipe E5 billion of debt off its balance sheet. While the move to auction the UK's largest distribution network is set to cause widespread interest, the timing and speed at which this is being processed could suggest that EDF's hand is being forced.

Published By Datamonitor
20 May 2009

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