Opinion on Commodity in Ukraine

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Gazprom: casting the net further

The EU wants to restructure the import process for non-community gas, in a way that will cut exporters' margins. Unsurprisingly, this has driven Russia's Gazprom to find other outlets for its gas production, with deals underway in Turkey and China. However, it is also still keeping a strong presence in Europe, taking control of its distribution network.

Published By Datamonitor
19 Jul 2002
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CommentWire

European energy security: Ukraine-Russia gas deal poses long term questions

A compromise deal has been struck that will see Ukraine paying twice as much for Russian gas than it has done until now. The agreement follows Russian action to cut pipeline capacity through Ukraine on January 1, 2006. Yet the game of brinkmanship has understandably caused consternation in the EU, raising long term questions over supply.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Jan 2006
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Differing motivations for European gas players expanding upstream in the east

Three of Europe's leading gas players have all recently announced upstream investment plans in Russia and the Ukraine. While these plans form a core part of each player's strategy and are certainly judicious in the current climate, the motivations behind them differ markedly.

Published By Datamonitor
07 Feb 2006
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Going east represents a sound strategy for Europe's utilities

Two recent developments show how western energy utilities are increasingly turning their attention to the opportunities in central and eastern Europe. While shorter term market dynamics mean that these markets often remain challenging environments to operate in, their longer term development potential mean that gaining early mover advantage in central and eastern Europe is a judicious move.

Published By Datamonitor
15 Mar 2006
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The gloves are off in central European fuel retail

Rapid network expansion and upstream muscle are the unstoppable forces pushing Lukoil to the fore of fuel retailing in central and eastern Europe (CEE). The firm is the key mover in the region, expanding its site presence by a remarkable 180% over the past three years. But selling petrol is not simply a numbers game: Lukoil is also successfully incorporating a strong shop proposition.

Published By Datamonitor
11 Apr 2006
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A storm is brewing in the East despite temporary gas truce

The January 2006 Russia-Ukraine gas deal has been temporarily extended to the autumn; a temporary truce largely driven by Russia's position as chair of the G8. There are two events on the horizon with potentially serious implications for the reliability of gas supplies to Europe: Yulia Tymoshenko's appointment as Ukrainian prime minister, and Turkmenistan's decision to hike gas prices to Russia.

Published By Datamonitor
05 Jul 2006
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CommentWire

Gazprom: Ukrainian law shuts the door on Russia gas giant

The Ukrainian prime minister and Russian president favor new deals to give Gazprom access to Ukraine's oil and gas infrastructure. Yet the country's parliament has passed a new law that will stymie Gazprom's grand strategy because it prohibits Ukraine's gas transmission network from being privatized. The result will be a frustrating thorn in the side of Gazprom's strategy.

Published By Datamonitor
20 Feb 2007
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Power market liberalization: rich Ukrainian pickings await western utilities

Ukraine is seeking to attract much-needed investment into its aging power infrastructure and, despite previous failed attempts, is putting its faith in market liberalization to bring this about. Although many uncertainties remain for such a move, this country of nearly 50 million people offers significant growth potential for Europe's cash-rich leading utilities, and thus could prove enticing.

Published By Datamonitor
10 Apr 2007
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CommentWire

Shell: using brand capital in Ukraine

Shell has signed a joint venture agreement with Alliance Group in Ukraine that continues the company's recent strategy of investing in high-growth retail markets through partnerships. This policy allows Shell to capitalize on its brand while minimizing investment; a prudent move should these growth markets experience the same competitive pressures currently affecting Shell in its western markets.

Published By Datamonitor
24 Apr 2007
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CommentWire

Gazprom: sends Ukraine new warning signals over gas price

In a world with growing international competition for supplies, Gazprom is reported to have agreed to gradually increase the price that it pays for Central Asian gas, in order to secure supplies from the region that may otherwise be exported to China and to Europe directly via the Nabucco pipeline. As a result, Ukraine may be forced to increase its import prices or risk supply disruption.

Published By Datamonitor
17 Jul 2008

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