Opinion on Energy and Utilities in Middle East and Africa

Published within

« | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | ... | » »|

Type Product title / description Pub Price
CommentWire
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
CommentWire
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
CommentWire
CommentWire

Transport and energy: gloomy announcements raise questions over supposed 'green shoots' of recovery

Declines in the Baltic Dry Index and international air cargo volumes, along with forecasts of weak crude oil demand until 2012, have raised questions over various claims of a quicker-than-expected global economic recovery. Despite the recent rally in the stock market brought on by these claims, these new announcements indicate that a full recovery is still a long way off.

Published By Datamonitor
02 Jul 2009
Expert View
Expert View

Adoption of home energy management systems restricted by cost and control issues

While home energy management systems are a useful way of reducing energy use, with benefits for consumers and utilities alike, the adoption of this technology is likely to be hampered by a number of factors including concerns over privacy and a lack of return on investment. As a result, uptake is likely to be optional and driven by sophisticated users and utilities struggling to meet peak demands.

Published By Datamonitor
24 Jul 2009
CommentWire
CommentWire

Libya: the new oil frontier

The media spotlight has fallen on Libya and the activities of international oil companies there after the release on compassionate grounds of al-Magrahi, the man held in connection with the bombing of Pan Am flight 103. However, despite the controversy caused by his release, it should be remembered that the companies have been active in Libya since US-led sanctions ended in 2004, and before.

Published By Datamonitor
28 Aug 2009
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK's dependence on foreign gas to double

Natural gas is a vital element of the UK's energy mix but production peaked in 1999 and there are concerns that the country is now becoming over-reliant on foreign gas. Production is in rapid decline but the availability of additional sources, particularly from Libya, could reduce market volatility and push prices down, which would be beneficial for importers.

Published By Datamonitor
28 Sep 2009
Expert View
Expert View

Copenhagen: China and the US must adopt climates of change and co-operation

At the Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen in December 2009, world leaders will seek to agree on a framework by which to tackle climate change. The world is looking to China and the US to overcome tremendous economic and political hurdles and set the agenda for a meaningful global climate effort. Ultimately Copenhagen will fail to deliver a final agreement on a new and credible framework.

Published By Datamonitor
02 Oct 2009
Expert View
Expert View

Datamonitor on Copenhagen, the "plot to kill Kyoto" and carrots and sticks

At Copenhagen, the world will look to China and the US to overcome economic and political hurdles and set the agenda for a meaningful global climate effort. However, with China unwilling to commit to hard emissions targets and the US unlikely to overcome its zero-sum mindset suspicious of burden-sharing, Datamonitor examines a third, albeit equally contentious, 'carrots and sticks' approach.

Published By Datamonitor
06 Oct 2009
Expert View
Expert View

Hedging and softening: stage management of the prospects for a Copenhagen agreement

The incoming 15th Conference of the Parties (COP15) president and Danish minister for climate and energy, Connie Hedegaard, has be keen to emphasize that the upcoming UN climate change conference absolutely must deliver a politically binding framework that tackles global climate change. However, there is a real possibility that a substantive agreement will not be reached.

Published By Datamonitor
13 Nov 2009
Expert View
Expert View

Copenhagen must be mindful of the implications for network infrastructure

The Copenhagen Climate Change Conference, COP15, will see countries making commitments to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, even if no overarching international agreement is reached. Datamonitor encourages delegates at the summit to be mindful of the consequences of carbon abatement and renewable energy targets for their country's utility network infrastructure.

Published By Datamonitor
30 Nov 2009

« | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | ... | » »|

No help is available.