Opinion on Upstream Energy in Europe

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What to expect when the Czech Republic assumes the EU presidency

In less than eight weeks time the Czech Republic will assume the rotating EU presidency, replacing France. Six months after that, the position will shift again to Sweden. Whereas the French and Swedish objectives relating to environment and energy respectively are quite ambitious, the Czech presidency will have limited aspirations.

Published By Datamonitor
12 Nov 2008
Expert View
Expert View

Western oil majors are feeling the pinch from national companies

As recent figures indicate, major Western oil companies such as Royal Dutch Shell, BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, and TOTAL are increasingly losing ground to a new breed of competitors. With many of the most lucrative hydrocarbon reserves situated in emerging nations and jealously guarded by national oil and gas companies, could this signal the end for Western domination of the oil industry?

Published By Datamonitor
31 Jan 2011
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Expert View

Weak US gas market will further dampen UK wholesale prices

Although gas prices are currently low across the Atlantic Basin, they are even lower in the US, which is diverting LNG towards Europe and further depressing wholesale prices. As these low prices are against a backdrop of Russia's over-supply to Europe and continuing weak demand in the UK, prices are expected to remain below seasonal averages during winter 2009.

Published By Datamonitor
09 Sep 2009
CommentWire
CommentWire

Water Disclosure Project launch: managing the energy-water nexus is vital

Backed by 137 institutional investors representing $16 trillion in assets, the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) has launched a new program designed to assess the risks and opportunities associated with the water consumption of the world's 500 largest companies. As 90% of global freshwater is used for food and energy production, utilities need to proactively manage water as a core asset.

Published By Datamonitor
30 Nov 2010
CommentWire
CommentWire

Utilities continue to move upstream to secure supplies

Although gas prices have slumped and Europe is facing a supply glut, energy firms remain intent on securing supplies and hedging wholesale price risks by boosting their hydrocarbon reserves. Utilities are continuing their dash for upstream assets as the steep scaling back in oil and gas investments caused by the downturn could potentially lead to supply shortfalls once economic growth recovers.

Published By Datamonitor
07 Dec 2009
CommentWire
CommentWire

US oil: Mexico spill highlights new challenges for oil companies

Having caused one of the worst spills in living memory, BP's ruptured oil well in the Gulf of Mexico has revived the debate over the exploration of US offshore regions. Indeed, the fallout from the incident could affect offshore exploration and production in many other areas of the world. Oil companies must remain proactive and promote industry best practices if they are to weather the storm.

Published By Datamonitor
18 May 2010
CommentWire
CommentWire

Upstream oil: increasing margins likely to boost profitability

Oil company profits suffered considerably in Q4 2008 and Q1 2009 due to the global economic downturn and the associated drop in oil prices from record highs. However, the reduction in upstream costs proved to be a silver lining, and this, combined with the recent recovery in oil prices, is expected to drive healthy profit results this quarter.

Published By Datamonitor
16 Jun 2009
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK: over-legislation is likely to affect energy market integrity

The recently released green manifesto from the UK Labour Party has drawn attention to the current state of the energy sector and pledges that, should Ofgem's 'reform' not show the unspecified results it desires, the government will intercede in the market further. If this happens, it is possible that the market could be damaged rather than improved.

Published By Datamonitor
28 Apr 2010
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK: North Sea exploration receives crucial incentives

In an attempt to mitigate a growing dependency on imports, the UK government has revealed legislation to promote development of the North Sea's last offshore oil and gas frontier. Combined with a new licensing round offering licenses for exploration in all UK waters for the first time in 12 years, these incentives will potentially open up 20% of the UK's remaining untapped oil and gas reserves.

Published By Datamonitor
09 Feb 2010
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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