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Bewag: split ownership expected to be approved

Published By Datamonitor
27 Apr 2001
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CommentWire

BG Group acquisition: the hunter becomes the hunted

UK gas explorer BG Group's hostile takeover of Australasian energy supplier Origin Energy has been all but sunk by a deal between Origin and US oil giant ConocoPhillips, to form a joint venture company that will own and operate Origin's coal seam gas reserves.

Published By Datamonitor
15 Sep 2008
CommentWire
CommentWire

BG Group: backing out of US and UK generation

With the sale of its US generators complete, barring regulatory sign-off, and a sale process underway for its remaining UK generation assets, BG Group is cutting the cable on its involvement in power generation as demand keeps falling. By selling plants to pure-play generation and infrastructure groups, BG Group will be able to grow its activities in burgeoning areas of the oil and gas sectors.

Published By Datamonitor
30 Apr 2010
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CommentWire

BG Group: microgeneration strategy will prove difficult

BG is aiming to create a new market for its gas. However, the augurs for the venture aren't good. Honeywell last year had to pull the plug on its plan to sell microgeneration units to residential customers - and like the US firm, BG has no residential utility customer base. There is no reason to expect BG to do any better.

Published By Datamonitor
14 Jan 2002
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CommentWire

BG Group: planned acquisition of Origin Energy has potential problems

UK natural gas producer BG Group has signaled its interest in Australia's Origin Energy through a A$12.9 billion (GBP6.2 billion) takeover offer. However, Origin's asset mix differs significantly from that of BG Group and selling on Origin's core activities following the acquisition in order to align their respective operations could prove to be a headache for the UK energy giant.

Published By Datamonitor
08 May 2008
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CommentWire

BG: getting the go-ahead in Italy

It may have taken two years of negotiations, but BG can now look forward to building a base for itself in the fast growing Italian gas market. As well as supplying gas to the high-growth power generation sector, BG will also get the opportunity to penetrate the end-user market - which currently remains in the hands of but a few major players.

Published By Datamonitor
20 Nov 2002
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CommentWire

BG: unlocking Italy with Tony's help

Published By Datamonitor
30 Aug 2001
Expert View
Expert View

BHP Billiton's asset sale highlights need for utilities to acquire equity gas

The news that BHP is close to concluding an asset disposal deal in the North Sea highlights the varying motivations of different players in acquiring wholesale gas. With wholesale price pressures showing few signs of mitigating in the short term, utilities should give serious consideration to acquiring assets of this type in order to better manage their retail price pressures.

Published By Datamonitor
14 Aug 2006
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CommentWire

BHP Billiton: mad dogs and aluminum

It's been a good week for BHP, which also managed to resolve a long-running pollution dispute and gain approval for another oil joint venture. Last year's merger has left the Anglo-Australian company in a strong position to invest in new markets and distance itself from old mistakes. If it carries on as it has, BHP is set for a strong future.

Published By Datamonitor
13 Feb 2002
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Expert View

Big hurdle cleared for new build nuclear in the UK

The agreement of a strike price over Hinkley Point has put an end to protracted negotiations between the UK government and EDF. It means the first new nuclear capacity in almost 20 years in the UK is one step closer to a final investment decision. While from the government's perspective the agreement is a bet on the future level of wholesale prices, it represents a win for energy security.

Published By Datamonitor
25 Oct 2013

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