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CommentWire
CommentWire

Gas trading: France joins in

Energy market reform across Europe will mean that more gas trading markets are created in coming years. However, the large number of long-term contracts already in place in the French market is just one of several limitations to the development of gas trading in France. Moving forwards, traded volumes will grow slowly.

Published By Datamonitor
12 Aug 2004
CommentWire
CommentWire

Shell: Total speculation

The furor over Shell's reserve estimate downgrades makes it vulnerable to a takeover by France's Total, according to the UK's Observer newspaper. However, with high oil prices fuelling an intemperate M&A climate and Shell being in a stronger position than has been portrayed, such an occurrence seems rather unlikely.

Published By Datamonitor
17 Aug 2004
CommentWire
CommentWire

Poweo: so far, so good

Poweo is competing with incumbent EdF in the business market, which opened fully to competition on July 1, 2004. As a niche supplier targeting a previously untapped segment, Poweo is scoring well in its battle against the state-owned giant. However, Poweo's business model carries with it threats as well as opportunities.

Published By Datamonitor
01 Sep 2004
CommentWire
CommentWire

Electricite de France: six major challenges ahead

Pierre Gadonneix, the current chairman of the French gas utility GDF, is widely tipped to be unveiled as the new EdF head later this week. Doubtless he will be receiving many good luck messages as he prepares to take on the role: he will need them, with at least six major challenges already weighing down his in-tray.

Published By Datamonitor
08 Sep 2004
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK energy: nuclear option key to supply diversity

With increasing demand for energy, restricted supply, and Kyoto targets on reducing greenhouse gas emissions to meet, the case for building new nuclear plants, once dismissed as a last resort, is rapidly regaining force. The importance of the nuclear role as part of a diverse generation portfolio must not be underestimated.

Published By Datamonitor
15 Sep 2004
Expert View
Expert View

Signs of progress in NWE gas market liberalization

Recent signals from France and Germany suggest a genuine effort is finally being made to push through energy market liberalization. The French gas regulator has reiterated its determination to realize nationwide competition, while in Germany the new Eurohub market starts trading shortly. However, as Datamonitor's Andrew Hill explains, considerable obstacles still need to be overcome...

Published By Datamonitor
28 Sep 2004
CommentWire
CommentWire

French utilities: going, going, gone?

Shares in three of France's major energy companies will soon be up for sale. GDF and Areva should not be hard to sell, but EDF poses more problems, with concerns over the funding of nuclear decommissioning a major worry. However, there are clear benefits to be had from the move in terms of bolstering competition, even if EDF is some way from losing its established dominance.

Published By Datamonitor
14 Feb 2005
CommentWire
CommentWire

EDF: negotiations preserve closed shop

Electricite de France (EDF) has proposed concessions to Italian state energy company Enel designed to aid the lifting of the 2% cap on its voting rights in Italian generator Edison. EDF has proposed a series of options to Enel to resolve the dispute, however, this type of bargaining process for access rights only serves to emphasize the continued fragmentary nature of the EU power market.

Published By Datamonitor
24 Feb 2005
CommentWire
CommentWire

French power supply: from monopoly towards oligopoly

In buying into the French hydro power company SHEM, Electrabel has established itself as the second most important player in the French electricity market. This heralds a major step in the market's transition from an EDF monopoly to an oligopoly similar to Germany's.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Mar 2005
CommentWire
CommentWire

Poweo: niche supplier targets EDF's soft underbelly

Poweo, a new entrant in the French power market sector, has beaten 2004 sales targets and is gaining customers rapidly. Datamonitor estimates that Poweo has a volume share in electricity of 0.15% and 0.6% of sites, and that this will grow to 1.0% volume and 4% sites by the turn of the year. Poweo may yet prove it has found the right recipe to take on EDF.

Published By Datamonitor
17 Mar 2005

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