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Russo-Georgian conflict raises the stakes for European energy security

Recent Russian hostilities in Georgia, alongside PKK attacks on the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline, have exposed the tight link between geopolitics and energy security in upstream European supplies. While the EU is increasingly looking to Central Asia and the Middle East to diversify supply options, it will need strong resolve and plausible political incentives if such a strategy is to succeed.

Published By Datamonitor
12 Aug 2008
CommentWire
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
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Nabucco: still just a pipedream?

Nabucco faces many difficulties, most significantly soaring construction costs and sourcing the gas. However, the EU ETS has the potential to make the project economically viable. Furthermore, Turkmenistan is showing signs of commitment to supply the pipeline, and although improved Western-Iranian relations are not on the horizon, Iran should be considered a viable supply solution in the long run.

Published By Datamonitor
08 Oct 2008
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Crunch time for Nabucco

Turkish prime minister Tayyip Recep Erdogan delivered a pointed message to European energy markets on a three-day visit to Brussels last week, stating that, if talks on Turkey's accession to the EU remain blocked: "we would of course review our position". This was Ankara 'playing the energy card', and demonstrated how developments through 2008 have changed Europe's energy outlook.

Published By Datamonitor
26 Jan 2009
CommentWire
CommentWire

Davos: the oil shock strikes back?

High demand and investors seeking refuge in commodities from uncertainty in the world's financial markets drove oil prices up to record levels in 2008, peaking at around $147. However, falling demand due to the global recession sent prices plummeting to $40 per barrel, prompting OPEC spokesmen to raise concerns at the Davos summit of a lack of investment and supply constraints in the near future.

Published By Datamonitor
12 Feb 2009
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Nuclear power: a new start for plutonium?

Plutonium, a byproduct of the reaction of uranium, has always caused widespread concern due to its readiness for use in nuclear weapons. However, new research offers hope that plutonium can be 'denatured', making it possible for waste from the nuclear industry to be used for civilian power generation anywhere.

Published By Datamonitor
20 Mar 2009
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China signs multiple energy supply contracts to boost security of supply

China National Petroleum Corporation has signed deals with Russian state-owned companies Rosneft and Transneft for crude oil supplies, while China National Offshore Oil Corporation has formed an LNG supply agreement with BG Group. China's recent energy supply deals show the importance it places on maintaining security of supply and other developing economies would be wise to follow this example.

Published By Datamonitor
20 May 2009
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CommentWire

Shell: increased preparations ahead of 2009 hurricane season

After destructive hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico in recent years, and with insurance both less available and more expensive, Shell Oil has taken a proactive approach to storm preparation for the 2009 Atlantic hurricane season. However, while a hurricane would severely impact US gasoline and natural gas prices, it would have a surprisingly minor effect on the wider oil economy.

Published By Datamonitor
08 Jun 2009
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CommentWire

Upstream oil: increasing margins likely to boost profitability

Oil company profits suffered considerably in Q4 2008 and Q1 2009 due to the global economic downturn and the associated drop in oil prices from record highs. However, the reduction in upstream costs proved to be a silver lining, and this, combined with the recent recovery in oil prices, is expected to drive healthy profit results this quarter.

Published By Datamonitor
16 Jun 2009
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Oil price surge: opportunities and threats for Asia Pacific

With the global economy showing signs of recovering from recession, oil prices have risen amid a speculated growth in demand. Although this will lead to commercial opportunities for Asia Pacific countries, further price rises could leave the region facing further economic difficulties. As a result, Asia Pacific must act now to ensure future energy security.

Published By Datamonitor
22 Jun 2009

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