Opinion on Power Generation in Russia

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Another 10 years of Norwegian gas for the UK

A 10-year GBP13bn agreement with Statoil, starting in 2015, will see 50 billion cubic meters of gas transported to the UK. The deal is a good move as it reduces UK dependence on Russian gas through European interconnectors. It is a shame, however, that Centrica is not investing more in the UK's North Sea oil and gas reserves, generating much needed tax revenue.

Published By Datamonitor
28 Nov 2011
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Expert View

Changes afoot in Russian electricity and gas markets

Following the fall of the Soviet Union, the Russian economy slumped and the demand for electricity and gas plummeted. While demand has revived during the economic recovery that began in the late 1990s, the years of neglect have affected the infrastructure of the Russian power industry to the point that without private investment, a lack of capacity may place a cap on further economic growth.

Published By Datamonitor
25 Oct 2005
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Expert View

Chinese power imports plan will boost Russian energy dominance

As the world's largest gas producer and the source of a third of Europe's gas imports, the dominance of Russia on the global energy stage is undisputed. Plans to construct a number of coal-fired power stations along the Russian/Chinese border will serve to increase this dominance, further boosting the continued rise of the energy superpower.

Published By Datamonitor
20 Oct 2006
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Energy demand in 'BRIC' continues to grow - no end in sight

It has long been acknowledged that the commercial opportunities in the so called 'BRIC' markets - Brazil, Russia, India and China - remain significant for energy players. However, new research highlights the fact that, while these opportunities are substantial, major challenges need to be overcome if these opportunities are to be successfully commercialized.

Published By Datamonitor
03 Apr 2007
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CommentWire

Fissures in Europe's fission industry

German engineering giant Siemens' decision to divest its 34% stake in Areva NP must have been a painful one. In walking away from the nuclear reactor production joint venture, Siemens loses a stake in the promising European pressurized reactor at a time of 'nuclear renaissance'. The decision will also cause problems for Areva, given the potential threat of further political meddling.

Published By Datamonitor
03 Feb 2009
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CommentWire

G8 energy: all for none?

At the G8 summit in Russia, leaders once again demonstrated that these events are merely a meeting of minds, not a mechanism to create aligned policy. There was little unanimity on nuclear and it is clear that Russia, as a net exporter of gas, has different priorities.

Published By Datamonitor
20 Jul 2006
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CommentWire

Gazprom: contract shake up could herald change in gas market pricing

In an unprecedented move for the Russian energy giant, Gazprom has agreed to incorporate spot market prices in some of its long-term European export contracts. More significantly, the move potentially represents a structural change in gas market pricing mechanisms away from oil-linked contracts and toward a system that is more reflective of supply and demand fundamentals.

Published By Datamonitor
05 Mar 2010
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CommentWire

Gazprom: tumbling profits compound investment challenges

Gazprom may be forced to rethink many of its massive long-term investments as the Russian supplier's projects face a wall of challenges. Technological difficulties, the emergence of US shale gas, Europe's supply glut and a steep drop in net profits have already led to a scaling back in investments.

Published By Datamonitor
30 Nov 2009
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Germany's decision on nuclear could open Europe's doors to Gazprom

Germany's decision to phase out nuclear power by 2022 is largely behind RWE's 39% fall in half-year profits. At the very least, the decision will increase Germany's reliance on coal, French (nuclear) power, and Russian gas by 20 billion cubic meters per year. Most worryingly, if unchallenged, it could give Gazprom the keys to European downstream power generation assets.

Published By Datamonitor
18 Aug 2011
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CommentWire

Lithuania: moves towards new roadmap for gas industry

Plans to split gas transportation and distribution assets in Lithuania have been endorsed by the country's parliament. Datamonitor believes that the plans, once approved by the president, will help move the Lithuanian gas industry towards unhindered access to the European gas infrastructure, while also changing the configuration of the domestic market.

Published By Datamonitor
11 Jul 2011

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