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Sino-Iranian relations and the growing West-East oil divide

Political pressure from Washington has, to a certain degree, motivated some of the world's largest oil traders to stop supplying gasoline to Iran in recent months. As a result, the crude-rich but gasoline-short country is looking for alternative supply partners such as China, a shift that has the potential to reshape the long-term international oil and gas political scene.

Published By Datamonitor
16 Mar 2010
Expert View
Expert View

Energy storage: evolution, not yet revolution

For some time the investment community has considered the energy storage industry as an area of great opportunity, expecting financial headlines to be awash with market players' success stories. Instead, energy storage seems to have stepped out of the limelight. Nevertheless, these nascent market technologies are quietly making progress toward commercialization across a number of industries.

Published By Datamonitor
25 Mar 2010
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Logistics firms must find a balance between sustainability and efficiency

Sustainability measures will have a significant impact on shipping and transport companies' services and costs. However, the extent of this impact and the cost implications therein are unknown. Companies must take a more proactive approach in assessing these potential ramifications, as shippers and end consumers alike will ultimately demand this of all transportation providers.

Published By Datamonitor
25 Mar 2010
CommentWire
CommentWire

Indian/Qatari agreement sets a new benchmark in the race for natural resources

Qatar, the world's largest exporter of LNG, has shunned Western supply contracts and agreed to increase its exports to India by four million tonnes per year from the current 7.5 million, as of 2014. The move reinforces the widely held belief that Asia is the demand center of the future, and raises questions over Western energy firms' ability to compete with emerging markets for natural resources.

Published By Datamonitor
25 Mar 2010
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CommentWire

Oil market volatility requires an innovative response from industry players

As oil and gas activity slowed down and oil prices remained volatile, many equipment manufacturers and engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) companies were hurt in 2009. The lessons learnt last year are likely to show that different strategies and business approaches are needed to sustain growth and profitability in 2010.

Published By Datamonitor
26 Mar 2010
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World Bank attracts criticism with controversial loan for South African coal-fired plant

In one of its more controversial recent decisions, the World Bank has agreed to loan South Africa $3.75 billion to build a 4.8GW coal-fired power plant. Although this project is an urgent response to crippling power shortages that are posing a real threat to the industries on which the country is so dependent, the proposal has attracted criticism, especially from environmentalists.

Published By Datamonitor
22 Apr 2010
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CommentWire

SAP: continuing its sustainability drive

German software developer SAP has announced plans to acquire TechniData, a key player in the burgeoning 'sustainability software' segment. As interest in this niche area grows, new companies will be formed to exploit opportunities, while existing companies will look to expand their portfolios through acquisitions and new product development.

Published By Datamonitor
27 Apr 2010
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CommentWire

IOCs: facing difficult strategic choices

International oil companies (IOCs) are facing increasingly difficult challenges in the pursuit of sustainable development. Threatened by mounting pressure from shareholders and environmental groups, and restrained by limited access to high potential areas in Latin America, the Middle East, and Africa, IOCs must address these concerns while still offering value to their investors.

Published By Datamonitor
27 Apr 2010
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CommentWire

US oil: Mexico spill highlights new challenges for oil companies

Having caused one of the worst spills in living memory, BP's ruptured oil well in the Gulf of Mexico has revived the debate over the exploration of US offshore regions. Indeed, the fallout from the incident could affect offshore exploration and production in many other areas of the world. Oil companies must remain proactive and promote industry best practices if they are to weather the storm.

Published By Datamonitor
18 May 2010
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South African government acknowledges mistakes and finally embraces nuclear

With electricity demand beginning to outstrip supply in South Africa, the government has been forced to look for alternative ways to boost capacity. After its highly unpopular move to take a loan from the World Bank in order to fund the construction of two new coal-fired power plants, state-owned utility Eskom will now turn to nuclear in an acknowledgement of its previous mistakes.

Published By Datamonitor
01 Jun 2010

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