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CommentWire
CommentWire

Halliburton: limited by politics

Halliburton's [HAL] new contract with Pemex will allow it to expand its presence in Mexico's oil industry, which is in need of investment. However, political tensions mean that Halliburton will find it difficult to realize the market's great potential because of its own close links to the US administration.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Jul 2003
Expert View
Expert View

GECF unlikely to emerge as OPEC equivalent

The Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF) is a loosely defined group of gas producers seeking to represent and push their mutual interests. While parallels are increasingly being drawn between GECF and OPEC, Datamonitor's Andrew Hill explains that there are several factors mitigating agianst GECF's developement as a cartel akin to its oil producing counterpart...

Published By Datamonitor
01 Jul 2005
CommentWire
CommentWire

Liquefied natural gas: cargoes do not necessarily follow price

European utilities and governments are placing more and more emphasis on the movement of liquefied natural gas by tanker to bolster supply security. Sole reliance on regional price dynamics to attract deliveries of this important and flexible source of gas supply is not sufficient and additional strategies may be required.

Published By Datamonitor
30 May 2006
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Expert View

Europe's gas industry need not worry over talk of OPEC-style cartel

Recent comments by the head of Russia's parliamentary gas committee calling for the formation of an OPEC-like gas producers' cartel further highlight Europe's decreasing security of supply. However, while such a move would be potentially beneficial to producers and detrimental to consumers, it remains an unlikely development given the practicalities involved.

Published By Datamonitor
05 Jun 2006
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Expert View

Forecourts set to benefit from $724 billion contactless payment market

The potential value of the global contactless payments market is estimated at $724 billion. These payments are gaining momentum in the US and Asia-Pacific, and developments in Europe are imminent. Furthermore, the speed of the technology's development - from early trials in 2002 to full commercial launches in 2005 - shows the strength of the proposition to issuers, merchants and consumers alike.

Published By Datamonitor
14 Jun 2006
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Think big for cashless payments

The concept of cashless transactions appeals to consumers and suppliers alike. It reduces the overheads of handling cash, cuts down on the risk of theft, and the inconvenience of having to find the right amount of change for a vending or car park machine. However, there are a few things that every organization should know about cashless payments before committing to such a scheme.

Published By Datamonitor
05 Sep 2006
ResearchWire
ResearchWire

New food launches May-Jul: a fresh look at fish

Published By Datamonitor
26 Sep 2006
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Expert View

GECF: no threat of 'gas OPEC'

Since several leading gas-producing nations joined the Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF), there has been widespread concern, from gas importers especially, that it would evolve into a 'gas OPEC' and hold them to ransom, squeezing either supply or price. The GECF has strongly denied this and, in any case, the very nature and structure of the GECF and the gas market make it extremely unlikely.

Published By Datamonitor
06 Oct 2006
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New drinks review: El Paso launches quick fix cocktail mix

A range of novel drinks packagings have been noted by Productscan Online this month, which are designed to improve the taste of the product and its ability to stand out from the crowd. These include Coors' new beer can and Hain's Smoothies with a 4-way turbo straw. Some unusual dairy products have also recently been launched, from milk made from Kamut wheat, to a cucumber-flavored cow's milk.

Published By Datamonitor
11 Oct 2006
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Environmental concerns drive power-generating technology changes

While combined cycle gas turbine plants continue to dominate new electricity generation build, environmental concerns and government policy are having an increasing influence on generating technology development. The majority of technical research at present is focused on environmental considerations; both cleaning up traditional thermal power plants and improving new forms of technology.

Published By Datamonitor
09 Nov 2006

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