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Oil price surge: opportunities and threats for Asia Pacific

With the global economy showing signs of recovering from recession, oil prices have risen amid a speculated growth in demand. Although this will lead to commercial opportunities for Asia Pacific countries, further price rises could leave the region facing further economic difficulties. As a result, Asia Pacific must act now to ensure future energy security.

Published By Datamonitor
22 Jun 2009
CommentWire
CommentWire

Oil market volatility requires an innovative response from industry players

As oil and gas activity slowed down and oil prices remained volatile, many equipment manufacturers and engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) companies were hurt in 2009. The lessons learnt last year are likely to show that different strategies and business approaches are needed to sustain growth and profitability in 2010.

Published By Datamonitor
26 Mar 2010
CommentWire
CommentWire

Oil majors face deteriorating investment climate in Kazakhstan

International oil companies have seen their dominance over global hydrocarbon reserves eroded in recent decades. Today, around 80% of total oil reserves are in the hands of state-backed energy companies, and corruption, the rise of resource nationalism and China's ongoing hunt for energy assets are threatening to back oil majors further away from cheap and easily accessible energy supplies.

Published By Datamonitor
15 Mar 2010
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Oil giants post impressive but unsustainable Q3 successes

The majority of the world's biggest oil companies have posted impressive Q3 profits off the back of recovering oil and gas prices, increased production and, in some cases, improved refining margins and shrewd restructuring. However, refining is still a big challenge for many in the industry, and it remains to be seen whether profits so heavily dependent on fickle market prices can be sustained.

Published By Datamonitor
02 Nov 2010
CommentWire
CommentWire

Ofgem: looking to provide a long-term solution to UK energy needs

UK energy regulator Ofgem may be awarded new regulatory powers in an attempt to tackle the UK's long-term energy supply needs and growing concerns of underinvestment from private companies. The proposals suggest that greater intervention will impact on other key strategic goals, such as the decision to invest in nuclear power and the LNG market.

Published By Datamonitor
13 Jul 2007
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Ofgem's RIIO: the decarbonization of Britain's energy networks at GBP6 per household per year

After two years of consultation, Ofgem has finalized its new network regulation model. RIIO will replace RPI-X, which for 20 years has served Britain well in keeping network charges low and encouraging investment. However, as the government tries to reduce carbon emissions and increase renewable energy capacity, Britain's existing grid infrastructure is in need of a significant overhaul.

Published By Datamonitor
06 Oct 2010
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Obama takes on domestic oil and gas industry

In his 2011 budget proposals to Congress, President Obama has called for the elimination of decades-old tax subsidies to the domestic oil and gas industry. If successful, Obama's tax changes will save the government an estimated $36.5 billion over the next 10 years, freeing up funds to be reallocated towards green and energy-efficient technologies.

Published By Datamonitor
30 Apr 2010
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Obama removes a burden from oil-hungry America

President Obama has opened up the Outer Continental Shelf for oil and gas drilling in an industry-changing attempt to enhance US oil security. Following his healthcare success, this was another victory for the president. Having earned praise from the global oil-producing community for this announcement, Obama will now be hoping that it eases the passage of his landmark climate change bill.

Published By Datamonitor
01 Apr 2010
CommentWire
CommentWire

Novozymes, Danisco: catalysts for cellulosic ethanol production

Biofuel from non-food biomass (cellulosic ethanol) is still well behind grain-based biofuel in production volumes and cost. However, recently unveiled enzymes bring viable fossil-free fuel production (which does not directly compete with food production) a step closer.

Published By Datamonitor
22 Feb 2010
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New sectors are likely to drive growth in the oil and gas market during this decade

While the recession has reduced the strength of some conventional players, it has created an opportunity for others to increase their clout in the segment. The oil and gas sector is likely to witness interesting developments that will provide new opportunities for industry players in this decade, such as an increased focus on unconventional fuels.

Published By Datamonitor
08 Feb 2011

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