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Water management: risks and opportunities

Water is increasingly becoming a critical business resource, with new estimates suggesting that, by 2030, the volume of the global water market could be a thousand times bigger than that of oil. While the simultaneous fall in water supplies will leave governments and corporations around the world needing to consider their water risk exposure, many business opportunities will also arise.

Published By Datamonitor
02 Aug 2010
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CommentWire

Iranian energy sector: US and EU embargoes likely to benefit Chinese oil companies

Iran's alleged nuclear activities have led the US and EU to impose new tougher sanctions on the country and its energy sector in a bid to cripple its oil-dependent economy. However, the Iranian energy sector is likely to find enough support from China to fill both the supply and demand gaps left by Western companies that have exited the market.

Published By Datamonitor
23 Aug 2010
Expert View
Expert View

Shell: new report on Nigeria unlikely to offer refuge from controversy

Media reports are claiming that the UN's ongoing study of oil pollution in Nigeria will find Shell responsible for only 10% of the oil spilled into the Niger Delta in the last 40 years. However, even if the final report favors Shell, the media backlash caused by the BP spill, coupled with the Nigerian government's continuing intervention, will make its future in the Delta far from straightforward.

Published By Datamonitor
25 Aug 2010
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CommentWire

Israel: Middle East tensions may derail new gas find development

The discovery of natural gas deposits beneath the Eastern Mediterranean has shifted the outlook for Israel's energy market. It is thought that the reserves hold enough gas to feed Israel's consumption for decades, and may even turn the energy-dependent country into an exporter. However, the discovery has served to exacerbate political tensions, and further development faces major challenges.

Published By Datamonitor
06 Sep 2010
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Expert View

Second-tier oil and gas companies seek strategic repositioning

Facing stiff competition in areas such as the Gulf of Mexico and North Sea, where top-tier companies (in terms of market capitalization and total annual oil production) have the scale to both tender and take on the biggest projects, second-tier oil and gas companies such as Anadarko, Murphy Oil and Devon Energy are thinking outside the box and strategically repositioning themselves.

Published By Datamonitor
17 Sep 2010
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CommentWire

The future of the global refinery industry lies in developing economies

Facing declining margins, looming refinery overcapacity and divestitures, the global refinery industry seems to be in a state of reinvention. Datamonitor analysis observes that the future of this industry lies in emerging and developing economies, with investment in infrastructure, energy efficiency and expansion being the most likely route to success.

Published By Datamonitor
20 Sep 2010
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The petroleum industry has important lessons to learn in the aftermath of Macondo

In mid-September, US authorities announced that BP's blow-out Macondo well in the US Gulf of Mexico is "effectively dead." As one of the most alarming accidents in the global petroleum industry in recent times, it is essential that Macondo is used as a benchmark in the creation of new operating procedures, and that it serves as an important lesson to the entire industry.

Published By Datamonitor
29 Sep 2010
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CommentWire

Repsol: looking to capitalize on African reserves

Africa has abundant reserves of oil and gas, yet until recently few companies have dared to explore the continent's resources. Unstable politics, high operational costs and challenging corporate governance issues have discouraged most, although a few private companies have managed to overcome these obstacles. Repsol however is one of the first majors to expand its license portfolio to West Africa.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Oct 2010
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Echelon pushes smart grid processing to the edge

Smart grid specialist Echelon has announced the launch of its Edge Control Node, which utilities can use to process data closer to the point of creation and thus reduce the latency in a centralized data processing architecture. Ovum believes that advanced smart grid functionality such as electric vehicle recharging will be the tipping point that makes edge processing a necessity.

Published By Datamonitor
19 Oct 2010
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CommentWire

Ghana must learn from other emerging nations as it joins the international oil stage

With oil production from the Jubilee field due to commence in December 2010, Ghana is preparing to become a more important player in the international oil industry. While this will strengthen the role that Africa and other non-OPEC countries play in the industry, Ghana's success will rest on its ability to avoid common mistakes made by other emerging oil producers.

Published By Datamonitor
27 Oct 2010

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