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France strengthens profile in South Africa with GDF Suez deal

GDF Suez has been awarded a EUR1.5bn contract to build new conventional thermal electricity capacity in South Africa. This outcome is partly due to France's aggressive stance concerning its domestic industrial interests abroad, and bodes very well for future South African transport, infrastructure, and nuclear development contracts to be awarded to French companies.

Published By Datamonitor
22 Oct 2013
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Renewables under threat from methane hydrates

Supporters of renewable energy might feel confident that the future belongs to them. However, this confidence might be dented because there are signs that another major form of fossil fuel is approaching commercial viability.

Published By Datamonitor
28 Jun 2013
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Record liquefied natural gas production, but downstream activities are being neglected

LNG production and exploration has increased significantly since 2010, with the top five global fuel retailers making it a major part of their future strategies. These companies have focused on upstream production of LNG, but are neglecting the retail distribution infrastructure and the relative lack of vehicle manufacturers that make natural-gas-powered vehicles.

Published By Datamonitor
29 Apr 2013
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Oil prices heading down to new range

Brent crude oil prices - still important as the basis for pricing in the global energy system - are moving below $100 a barrel as a slide that began on April 1, 2013 gathers momentum. Datamonitor Energy believes that we are seeing a decisive move downward, not a temporary blip.

Published By Datamonitor
18 Apr 2013
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France targets nuclear reactor sales in Saudi Arabia

French utilities EDF and Areva are poised to enter the nascent Saudi Arabian nuclear market, but face competition from South Korean, Japanese, and Russian bidders.

Published By Datamonitor
30 Jan 2013
CommentWire
CommentWire

Fracking may leak away emissions benefits

Fracking for natural gas has been regarded as a relatively low emission source of energy due to lower emissions levels from the burning of the gas compared to coal. However, leakage of methane from some natural gas fields, largely caused by fracking practices, has recently been measured at levels that eradicate these emissions benefits.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Jan 2013
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What does Doha mean for European utilities?

As nations tiptoe toward a meaningful agreement, unwilling to make sacrifices before others commit, we can look at the Doha climate talks and assess what, if anything, has been achieved. A new Datamonitor report lays out a clear and thorough analysis of climate policies from Kyoto to the recent talks in Doha, and considers what the likely impacts will be for European utilities.

Published By Datamonitor
21 Dec 2012
CommentWire
CommentWire

Global intermittency issues could be alleviated within the decade

Intermittency, in the context of energy, refers to power generation sources that are not continuously accessible due to factors outside of energy providers' direct control, such as the availability of wind and sunlight. But declining costs, improved efficiencies, and technological advances are helping to alleviate the intermittency problem associated with renewables.

Published By Datamonitor
21 Nov 2011
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Gas pipelines: ensuring energy supply versus increasing market access

As discussions about the development of Europe's gas corridor continue, Bulgaria's energy minister has announced that the biggest two projects will "most probably" get derogation from the regulatory framework, which aims to improve competitor access to pipeline networks. This would be a setback for EU policy, but the union needs to face economic realities while improving energy security.

Published By Datamonitor
25 Jul 2011
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The potential of global shale gas resources is likely to drive upstream investments

Due to increased demand, the global shale gas industry is likely to witness significant investment in the medium to long term, particularly in the US, along with a number of developing markets with large reserves, such as China, Argentina, Mexico, Brazil, Libya, and Algeria. However, environmental concerns and the lack of regulatory policies may impede the sector's global development.

Published By Datamonitor
27 Apr 2011

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