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Polish gas market: LNG import terminal could secure supply

In an effort to reduce Poland's dependence on Russian gas, and ultimately enhance the country's energy supply security, national incumbent PGNiG is building an LNG import facility on its Baltic coast. However, the facility, which is set to be completed by 2011, could face numerous setbacks.

Published By Datamonitor
13 Feb 2008
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Polish attempts to diversify from Russian gas supplies unlikely to yield desired result

Following hostilities in the Caucuses, the implications for European energy security are continuing to play out. While it remains an open question as to whether Central Asian reserves will be'off limits' with regards to Russian influence on supply routes, European states are taking action closer to home to reduce dependency on Russian gas. Poland currently occupies 'pole' position in this race.

Published By Datamonitor
05 Sep 2008
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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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National Grid: finding solace on a distant shore

That UK-based network operator National Grid will now garner greater profit from its US business than its European arm only serves to highlight the stunted liberalization of the EU energy market. Implementation of the second electricity and gas directive has been patchy at best, with power distribution set to remain under the aegis of individual member states for some time to come.

Published By Datamonitor
07 Mar 2006
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National Grid Transco: integration the goal for auction winners

National Grid Transco's [NGT.L] proposed sale of UK gas distribution networks may well be affected by wrangling over the regulated asset value of these businesses. This appears simply to be horse trading before the preliminary bids are issued, and the real strategic importance of these assets lies in the potential development of horizontally integrated operations.

Published By Datamonitor
29 Jun 2004
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National Grid Transco: GBP6 billion bonanza

The sale of four of eight gas distribution networks has National Grid Transco [NGT.L] looking to the future. Following one of the largest cash deals in recent corporate history, the grid operator earned a 20% premium on its regulated asset value, lowered debts and ensured a decent return for investors. The preferred bidders could all look to follow this regulated asset model.

Published By Datamonitor
02 Sep 2004
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National Grid Transco: a postcode lottery?

UK regional gas distribution price increases may come into force in October. Eight regional charges will replace a flat gas distribution charge, and retail tariffs could rise by 1.1% nationally. The implications for incumbent gas supplier Centrica are crucial: it may introduce regional retail tariffs to compensate, something Ofgem needs to appreciate at the outset.

Published By Datamonitor
12 May 2005
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LNG set for extended European role despite limitations

Recent comments made by the chief executive of Wintershall highlight the limitations of LNG. However, despite these limitations, LNG is still a highly important aspect of the European gas sector and is certain to continue its expanding role in the coming years, as Datamonitor's Andrew Hill explains...

Published By Datamonitor
31 Jan 2006
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Italian network unbundling: aggressive government action will hit Eni

Romano Prodi's new government has taken an aggressive stance on network unbundling, and this will have far-reaching implications for Italian energy giant Eni and its natural gas network. Perhaps displeased with the slow pace of ongoing regulatory and anti-trust proceedings into the natural gas transmitter, the government is leaving nothing to chance.

Published By Datamonitor
13 Jun 2006
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Iranian impasse indicative of LNG exposure to rising political risk

Sonatrach has claimed that the global market for LNG will double by 2016. While this has a sharp resonance with previous predictions by the IEA, the meteoric rise of LNG is fast becoming weighed down by the same forces afflicting conventional hydrocarbon production; namely heightened levels of political risk and spiraling costs in upstream development as the latest developments in Tehran attest.

Published By Datamonitor
10 Jul 2008

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