Opinion on Tankers and Terminals in Europe

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US LNG terminal building boom will lead to massive underuse of capacity

Gas producers without export pipelines are taking advantage of increased natural gas demand in Europe, the US and Asia by shipping gas in liquid form. Demand for LNG is so great that shipments at sea have been diverted from their original destination to take advantage of arbitrage opportunities elsewhere. Nevertheless, new capacity created by a boom in LNG infrastructure builds may be underused.

Published By Datamonitor
31 Aug 2007
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Unbundling falls short of EU Commission expectations - are governments to blame?

After assessing the progress of network unbundling within European utility markets, the European Commission has found that progress has fallen short of what it wants to be achieved by 2007. While many countries are complying with the letter of the directive, the commission believes they aren't complying with its 'spirit', a view supported by new research.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Apr 2006
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UK-Europe pipeline: enhanced capacity requires enhanced legislation

On the back of UK energy minister Malcolm Wicks' admission that the Interconnector pipeline "is not working properly", the Energy Intensive Users Group has called for the UK operator to be given control of spare capacity. However, shipper failure to maximize imports at a time of record high prices is more a result of impotent legislation than player manipulation.

Published By Datamonitor
08 Feb 2006
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CommentWire

UK LNG: foreign suppliers are failing to deliver

UK wholesale gas prices have been at a premium to the US market; however, this has failed to encourage LNG shippers, which have diverted tankers away from the UK. Cargo needs, capacity planning and concerns about the security of supply should be raised, given that market fundamentals are not at work. A supply failure, albeit temporary, must be corrected for the market to function efficiently.

Published By Datamonitor
01 Apr 2008
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UK gas grid tested by weather extremes

The first few weeks of 2010 saw the UK gas grid come under intense pressure, as unusually cold temperatures drove demand well above seasonal norms. The situation was worsened by outages in North Sea supply and constraints in the gas grid, which culminated in spiking wholesale prices and the interruption of supply to nearly 100 industrial users.

Published By Datamonitor
21 Jan 2010
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CommentWire

UK energy supply: Russia's bullish forecast unlikely in medium term

Russian President Vladimir Putin has been quoted saying that by 2010 10% of UK gas demand is likely to be sourced from Russian imports. Whilst Russian gas will no doubt assume greater prominence in the UK over time, Mr Putin's forecast appears extremely bullish given the availability of geographically closer gas sources and is unlikely to materialize in the short to medium term.

Published By Datamonitor
21 Oct 2005
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Trouble in North Africa threatens Europe's fuel supplies

As revolution sweeps through the Middle East and North Africa, the region's economic stability is increasingly at risk. It took only two days for Libya to descend into full-scale civil war, and Algeria remains on high alert. While the political mayhem is a threat to Europe's post-colonial legacy, Libya and Algeria stand out from the rest due to Europe's dependence on their oil and gas resources.

Published By Datamonitor
23 Feb 2011
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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
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Security of supply conundrum finally cracked by fission

Amid security of supply concerns, the UK government has taken an unprecedented move towards nuclear power generation, naming 11 possible sites for new plant development. Many had expected the supply shortages to be filled by a second dash for gas, but the structure of the UK energy market and the difficulty of securing gas supplies have made this option highly improbable.

Published By Datamonitor
22 Apr 2009
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Regional gas arenas are first step on long road to pan-European market

New regulatory proposals aimed at improving levels of competitive intensity in the European gas market have the potential to give a welcome, and much needed, fillip to the EU's aim of creating a single European gas market. However, the sheer diversity and broad range of competitive conditions in Europe's gas markets create significant obstacles to these aims.

Published By Datamonitor
03 May 2006

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