Opinion on Energy and Utilities in Bulgaria

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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
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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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RWE pulls out of Belene

Having held a 49% stake in the Belene Power Company since 2008, RWE has pulled out of the joint venture set up to run the proposed 2,000MW Belene nuclear power plant, citing spiraling costs and delays from the Bulgarian government. RWE and its project partner NEK will be disappointed by the outcome, which leaves something of a power vacuum in southeastern Europe for Russian firms to exploit.

Published By Datamonitor
03 Nov 2009
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Plant closure will result in significant shortage of Bulgarian generation capacity

The impending closure of two more units at Bulgaria's Kozloduy nuclear facility will create supply shortage issues in both Bulgaria and surrounding markets. However, while the development of new plant projects will ease these supply issues, there is certain to be a time lag before Bulgaria can begin to reclaim its position as the fourth largest electricity exporter in Europe.

Published By Datamonitor
25 Jul 2006
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CommentWire

Petrol: going mobile

Fuel retailer Petrol is introducing a prepaid mobile phone in Bulgaria. This decision could well be a positive move for the company, providing it with a way to increase loyalty at its service stations and grow its brand name.

Published By Datamonitor
07 Nov 2008
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OMV: focusing on value-added services to drive market share

Through a partnership with Western Union, fuel retailer OMV is set to offer international money transfer facilities across its network in eight Central and Eastern European countries. This is the second recent venture into the financial services space for OMV, and highlights its high focus on expanding and diversifying its service offering to drive customer satisfaction.

Published By Datamonitor
21 Jul 2010
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MOL: one step closer to acquiring Croatia's INA

Hungary-based MOL's long-held ambition of acquiring Croatian firm INA is one step closer to reality now that it has become the largest shareholder in the company, after purchasing many of the shares issued in a free float. Further talks are underway regarding MOL's desire to purchase some or all of Croatian government's remaining share, while Austria's OMV is keeping an unexpectedly low profile.

Published By Datamonitor
30 Oct 2008
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CommentWire

LUKOIL: aiming high in Central Europe

Published By Datamonitor
24 Oct 2001
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Gas pipelines: ensuring energy supply versus increasing market access

As discussions about the development of Europe's gas corridor continue, Bulgaria's energy minister has announced that the biggest two projects will "most probably" get derogation from the regulatory framework, which aims to improve competitor access to pipeline networks. This would be a setback for EU policy, but the union needs to face economic realities while improving energy security.

Published By Datamonitor
25 Jul 2011
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Every drop helps on Europe's forecourts

In mature western European markets where fuel demand growth is stable and traditional suppliers are cutting their networks, supermarkets are driving efficiency gains. At either end of the scale, Spain and Italy contrast as excellent examples of efficient fuel retailing, the former being the most proficient vendor of fuel in Europe.

Published By Datamonitor
13 Mar 2006

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