Opinion on Energy and Utilities in Brazil

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Western oil majors are feeling the pinch from national companies

As recent figures indicate, major Western oil companies such as Royal Dutch Shell, BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, and TOTAL are increasingly losing ground to a new breed of competitors. With many of the most lucrative hydrocarbon reserves situated in emerging nations and jealously guarded by national oil and gas companies, could this signal the end for Western domination of the oil industry?

Published By Datamonitor
31 Jan 2011
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The biorefineries value chain could be worth $300 billion by 2030, but Europe may miss out

According to the World Economic Forum, the value chain around biorefineries might be worth $300 billion by 2030. Europe is in a uniquely favorable position to capture some of this, but unless it has the political will to do so, Brazil, China, Indonesia and the US are likely to reap the benefits.

Published By Datamonitor
10 Aug 2010
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Sustained growth in biofuels rests on government policy support

After a period of slowdown due to the global recession and high feedstock costs, the biofuels market is now showing signs of recovery. However, in key markets, energy companies such as Petrobras, BP, and Shell are still fighting to recover their losses and attract new investments. Government policies are expected to be instrumental in ushering in the next phase of growth in the biofuels industry.

Published By Datamonitor
24 Nov 2010
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Positive outlook for the Latin American oil and gas industry in 2011

The outlook for the Latin American oil and gas industry in 2011 is positive, meaning that investors and industry participants have good reason to be optimistic about the future of the market. Datamonitor's analysis shows that total offshore capital expenditure in the region is expected to grow by 14% in 2011, reaching an approximate value of $21bn.

Published By Datamonitor
13 Jan 2011
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CommentWire

PetroChina-PDVSA: China enhancing its Latin American energy ties with new refinery project

China is making significant efforts to increase its exposure to the Latin American energy market. In recent years Brazil, Venezuela, and Argentina have been the focus of Chinese national oil companies seeking to expand their reach, and the joint venture between PetroChina and PDVSA is the latest example of this trend.

Published By Datamonitor
19 Jan 2011
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Petrobras: increased government involvement has raised anxieties among minority investors

Petrobras has raised $70 billion through a share offering, making it the fourth biggest company by market capitalization in the world. Although the deal provides the company with much-need capital, there is an undercurrent of anxiety among investors over the fact that the Brazilian government now owns almost half of the company, as this may well pose a challenge to its future productivity.

Published By Datamonitor
13 Oct 2010
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Energy demand in 'BRIC' continues to grow - no end in sight

It has long been acknowledged that the commercial opportunities in the so called 'BRIC' markets - Brazil, Russia, India and China - remain significant for energy players. However, new research highlights the fact that, while these opportunities are substantial, major challenges need to be overcome if these opportunities are to be successfully commercialized.

Published By Datamonitor
03 Apr 2007
CommentWire
CommentWire

CCS and the Clean Development Mechanism: conflicting objectives

Recent climate negotiations have considered the inclusion of projects that capture and bury emissions in the UN's Clean Development Mechanism. Despite much support, the technology's apparent incompatibility with the UN initiative's objectives has resulted in opposition from Brazil. As such, there remains a pressing need for an alternative method to finance this technology in the developing world.

Published By Datamonitor
24 Jun 2010
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CommentWire

Brazil: policy changes aim to drive the domestic wind market forward

Brazil is dependent on oil and hydroelectric power for the majority of its energy, but the country is now taking steps towards diversifying its energy mix in a way that reduces the chance of widespread power cuts due to drought, while also helping to meet emissions reductions targets. However, a history of talking without acting means that it is yet to be seen whether Brazil is serious about wind.

Published By Datamonitor
19 Jan 2011
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CommentWire

Biofuels: production guarantee could allay environmental concerns

The Brazilian government has proposed a scheme whereby it would offer an environmental seal of approval for its biofuel exports. While this is a response to possible punitive measures against current production methods, the certification scheme provides an innovative approach to the biofuels problem, and offers fuel retailers a means of differentiating themselves from their competitors.

Published By Datamonitor
05 Feb 2008

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