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UK gas: imports bring challenges for retailers

Q4 2003 data published by the DTI shows gas exports down 40% and imports up 80% on 2002. Whether this means the start of an increased reliance on imports for gas from now or not, the development raises interesting questions for gas retailers' purchasing strategies.

Published By Datamonitor
16 Apr 2004
CommentWire
CommentWire

Shell: crisis exposes exploration & production focus

Shell's assessment of the oil reserve affair prompted the most recent downgrade and the removal of CFO Judy Boynton. This has now been followed by the FSA's own investigation into the scandal. In the medium term, Shell and other oil majors should seek to boost margins in downstream operations to balance exploration & production risk.

Published By Datamonitor
26 Apr 2004
Expert View
Expert View

Gas is the key to becoming a pan-European utility

Despite EU gas market liberalization lagging behind that of electricity, it is becoming increasingly apparent that gas market capability, rather than electricity, will be the main lever for developing a pan-European utility proposition. As Datamonitor energy consultant Jon Lane explains, companies like E.ON and Suez already have a head start in this process...

Published By Datamonitor
09 Jul 2004
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK energy: the dash to gas increases exposure to imports

The UK's move to net gas importer status has raised concerns over the country's dependence on gas as the principal fuel for power generation. Given that demand for energy is increasing, the UK now has two choices: focus on developing a broad mix of generation including nuclear and renewable sources, or maintain the dependence on gas with its inherent vulnerability to increases in import costs.

Published By Datamonitor
12 Aug 2004
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Liquefied natural gas is here to stay

The long term LNG import contract recently signed by Centrica underlines the need for diversification in natural gas sourcing as the UK shifts to become a net importer of gas in coming years. As Datamonitor's Alex Solomon explains, LNG will play an increasingly important role in securing the UK's gas supplies, but questions remain over how to best price contracts...

Published By Datamonitor
26 Aug 2004
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK wholesale gas: high prices here to stay

The record high levels in UK wholesale gas prices seen in recent weeks have encouraged a large number of end users to delay signing contracts for the new gas year. However, a combination of market fundamentals and trader sentiment means that prices are likely to remain high over the longer term.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Oct 2004
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Centrica is feeling the heat

Centrica's recent Annual General Meeting has highlighted two key issues potentially acting to the detriment of the company. With customer losses continuing, and an admission that it is unlikely to be able to freeze 2005 retail prices as planned, Centrica's moves to mitigate its exposure to the wholesale market look both expedient and necessary. Datamonitor's Andrew Hill explains...

Published By Datamonitor
12 May 2005
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CommentWire

National Grid Transco: a postcode lottery?

UK regional gas distribution price increases may come into force in October. Eight regional charges will replace a flat gas distribution charge, and retail tariffs could rise by 1.1% nationally. The implications for incumbent gas supplier Centrica are crucial: it may introduce regional retail tariffs to compensate, something Ofgem needs to appreciate at the outset.

Published By Datamonitor
12 May 2005
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Centrica: more to come from Morecambe

Centrica's plans to drill another well at a Morecambe field come as little surprise given its stated intention, and overwhelming need, to reduce wholesale market exposure. Despite drilling costs, the decision makes sound economic sense and will help efforts to head off further price increases and resultant customer losses.

Published By Datamonitor
14 Jun 2005
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GECF unlikely to emerge as OPEC equivalent

The Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF) is a loosely defined group of gas producers seeking to represent and push their mutual interests. While parallels are increasingly being drawn between GECF and OPEC, Datamonitor's Andrew Hill explains that there are several factors mitigating agianst GECF's developement as a cartel akin to its oil producing counterpart...

Published By Datamonitor
01 Jul 2005

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