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CommentWire
CommentWire

IOCs: facing difficult strategic choices

International oil companies (IOCs) are facing increasingly difficult challenges in the pursuit of sustainable development. Threatened by mounting pressure from shareholders and environmental groups, and restrained by limited access to high potential areas in Latin America, the Middle East, and Africa, IOCs must address these concerns while still offering value to their investors.

Published By Datamonitor
27 Apr 2010
CommentWire
CommentWire

International oil companies: a new vision for biofuels

Royal Dutch Shell's new joint venture with the Brazilian sugar and biofuel goliath Cosan is indicative of a wider industry trend, with international oil companies seeing biofuels as an increasingly attractive investment alternative. Although significant barriers to the uptake of biofuels remain, the participation of these companies could symbolize a new vision for biofuels worldwide.

Published By Datamonitor
22 Feb 2010
CommentWire
CommentWire

International Energy Agency underscores oil production concerns

The usually sober views of the International Energy Agency became more precautionary in November last year, reporting an increasing rate of decline in production from existing oil fields and a peak in conventional oil production before 2030. In a recent interview, IEA chief economist Dr Fatih Birol amplified the warning, voicing his concern of a looming supply crunch within the next five years.

Published By Datamonitor
11 Aug 2009
CommentWire
CommentWire

Indian/Qatari agreement sets a new benchmark in the race for natural resources

Qatar, the world's largest exporter of LNG, has shunned Western supply contracts and agreed to increase its exports to India by four million tonnes per year from the current 7.5 million, as of 2014. The move reinforces the widely held belief that Asia is the demand center of the future, and raises questions over Western energy firms' ability to compete with emerging markets for natural resources.

Published By Datamonitor
25 Mar 2010
Expert View
Expert View

Indian rig industry set to benefit from increased E&P activity

Exploration and production activity in India has increased significantly in the last decade, with foreign players entering the market prompted by the government's New Exploration and Licensing Policy regime. While this has provided opportunities for exploration and production players and the rig industry alike, domestic rig firms must update business models to compete with international rivals.

Published By Datamonitor
18 Aug 2009
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CommentWire

Indian power market: high demand represents opportunity for private players

Fuel-efficient and clean technologies have made the Indian power-generation sector attractive not only to large independent power producers, but also to original equipment manufacturers and exploration and production companies. Industrial and commercial growth will continue to boost the overall peak demand, creating an opportunity for power producers.

Published By Datamonitor
01 Jun 2010
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CommentWire

India: ONGC is becoming a serious BRIC player

India has never depended on ONGC as much as it does now, with power demand in the country growing so fast that its coal reserves and LNG imports no longer suffice. To ensure energy security, the government recently declared that ONGC would adopt a "resource colonialist" strategy and, like CNOOC, aggressively acquire overseas assets, a strategy that is raising the firm's profile in the BRIC region.

Published By Datamonitor
16 Nov 2010
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CommentWire

India: ninth round of oil and gas auctions only receives limited interest from overseas

A total of 74 bids were received for the ninth round of NELP auctions in India, primarily from state-owned companies. ONGC provisionally won 10 blocks, while OIL won three and Reliance Industries won two. BG Group and BHP Billiton, the only foreign companies involved, secured just one block; however, this lack of overseas investment has been offset by the return of larger domestic companies.

Published By Datamonitor
05 Apr 2011
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CommentWire

India: domestic energy alternatives may be more feasible than joining Iran-Pakistan pipeline

With the signing of the gas pipeline agreement between Iran and Pakistan, India must now decide whether or not to pursue the proposed Iran-Pakistan-India pipeline. India has already voiced a great deal of skepticism over the viability of the proposal, and alternative sources such as domestic gas production or nuclear energy could both prove to be more reliable and cost-effective solutions.

Published By Datamonitor
09 Jun 2010
Expert View
Expert View

India looking to global gas giants to help exploit untapped shale gas reserves

Due to the increased focus on natural gas resources across the globe and rising gas prices, the Indian government has announced plans to auction off shale gas blocks, in order to exploit its untapped reserves. The move will bridge the country's energy supply-demand gap, and will also reduce the pressure currently being placed on conventional sources of energy in India.

Published By Datamonitor
26 Oct 2010

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