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British Energy: the suitors line up

French giant EDF looks like the strongest candidate to take on troubled nuclear generator British Energy. Unlike some, EDF is not scared of nuclear power - and could use access to low cost power to support its residential businesses. However, EDF risks being rejected by competition authorities, possibly creating an opportunity for Scottish & Southern.

Published By Datamonitor
19 Aug 2002
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British Energy: returning to its core business

Published By Datamonitor
05 Mar 2001
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British Energy: re-regulation is not the answer

Government re-regulation is not the answer to the ongoing crisis at British Energy even in the absence of obvious alternatives. Confidence in a post NETA UK electricity market is fragile. If the government did re-regulate BE, this would fundamentally damage the overall process of UK electricity deregulation, undermining many of the benefits that have been and continue to be realized.

Published By Datamonitor
06 Sep 2002
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British Energy: price spikes hurt

The cost of recent shutdowns at Sizewell B and Heysham has been exacerbated by wholesale price volatility. Although rising prices could provide a long-term lifeline for the stricken company, the current fluctuations are a major concern for all UK generators.

Published By Datamonitor
03 Nov 2003
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British Energy: power price rises pay off at last

British Energy's flirtation with bankruptcy in 2003 led to the government forcing it to sell all its power forward at a time of low power prices, resulting in it not benefiting from a recovery in power prices over 2004/05. This has cost it roughly GBP979 million in missed profits, and it is only now that its contracted position will enable it to benefit from the spike in wholesale power prices.

Published By Datamonitor
28 Jul 2005
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British Energy: in dire need of a bigger supply business

At its current price British Energy represents a steal for any UK electricity supplier, and a buyout is the only option that would fix the ailing generator's problems in time. The UK government should welcome an acquisition, even if the only suitors are foreign.

Published By Datamonitor
27 Aug 2002
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British Energy: huge losses announced

British Energy continues to struggle, announcing huge losses due to write-downs. Bankruptcy seems unlikely as this would cause chaos in the power market and so the government appears to have little choice but to continue throwing good money after bad.<BR /><BR />

Published By Datamonitor
04 Jun 2003
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British Energy: greater stability secured in Centrica deal

The newly announced deal between British Energy and Centrica leaves the former less exposed to price fluctuations, although with prices expected to rise, Centrica will be feeling it has got a bargain. The deal with go some way to easing British Energy's financial troubles and, crucially, should be the first of a number of deals.

Published By Datamonitor
10 Feb 2003
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British Energy: government provides lifeline

British Energy has survived insolvency, thanks to a rescue package from the government that will help to keep the lights on while the company is significantly restructured. Shareholders, however, will be left with next to nothing - and the taxpayer will be left to shoulder the burden of another failing privatized company.

Published By Datamonitor
28 Nov 2002
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British Energy: following Railtrack?

The British government has made it clear that it is not prepared to bail out the debt-stricken power generator indefinitely. Unless British Energy is able to resolve its financial problems by March 9, the government may well take it back into public ownership, as it did with Railtrack.

Published By Datamonitor
14 Jan 2003

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