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Croatian LNG terminal highly viable if obstacles can be overcome

Plans for a Croatian LNG terminal have taken another step forward following the commencement of a feasibility study and the signing of a cooperation agreement among the project partners. While the project will prove a fillip to the Croatian gas market, it will also have positive implications for a number of surrounding markets if developed.

Published By Datamonitor
18 Sep 2006
CommentWire
CommentWire

European energy: countdown to key energy conference

Some of Europe's most significant energy industry figures are set to gather for a key conference in Madrid this October. The Institute of Economic Affairs' conference 'Energy 2006: Challenges Across Europe' is just around the corner, and it will feature a range of keynote speakers who will assess the future landscape of the European energy market in an era of increasing market liberalization.

Published By Datamonitor
22 Sep 2006
Expert View
Expert View

Italian regulator voices concerns over Eni-Gazprom deal

Gazprom's plans to expand downstream into the Italian energy market have again encountered resistance from regulators, with the Italian Antitrust Authority voicing concerns over a cooperation deal with Eni. While such a deal would undoubtedly be beneficial to both Gazprom and its proposed partner Eni, the benefits to consumers are less discernable.

Published By Datamonitor
28 Sep 2006
Expert View
Expert View

Autumn UK gas supply glut does not remove winter question marks

On only the second official day of winter 2006/07, traders sought to avoid punitive balancing charges by actually giving gas away in the UK. While the longer-term price outlook is currently positive for consumers, increasing confidence in UK gas supply security should not breed complacency ahead of a still uncertain winter.

Published By Datamonitor
09 Oct 2006
CommentWire
CommentWire

European gas: Ukrainian deal strengthens European security of supply

The Ukrainian government recently announced that all its gas imports in 2007 will come from Central Asia. This new deal to diversify Ukrainian gas imports is good news for West European security of supply, and will finally lay to rest the Russia-Ukraine price dispute, which earlier this year caused major disruptions to several European countries.

Published By Datamonitor
12 Oct 2006
CommentWire
CommentWire

Italian gas: tough love from the AEEG

Italian energy regulator AEEG has made a name for itself as a tough referee and devoted proponent of transparency and market liberalization. Reinforcing this image, it recently fined five gas utilities for not providing information for an inquiry on time. While the utilities may not appreciate having such a tough regulator at present, it should serve the Italian energy market well in the long-run.

Published By Datamonitor
27 Oct 2006
CommentWire
CommentWire

Dong: privatization on the horizon

Dong, the leading gas and power producer in Denmark with an installed capacity of 5.9GW, is slated to be partially de-nationalized and become a listed company in 2007. However, the company's Achilles' heel may be that it is relying on its vertically integrated structure as a competitive advantage at a time when Brussels is seeking to break up integrated utilities to stimulate competition.

Published By Datamonitor
09 Nov 2006
Expert View
Expert View

Emergence of a gas OPEC remains unlikely despite NATO warning

Warnings from NATO that Russia is seeking to create a gas version of OPEC seem to be an overblown fear. While Russia has the necessary large resources base to exert some influence over price through production programming, market dynamics and the practicalities involved make this a highly unlikely development.

Published By Datamonitor
16 Nov 2006
CommentWire
CommentWire

European energy: EU chief seeks to lock up Russian gas

The EU's foreign affairs chief has called for long-term gas contracts to be signed with Russian gas titan Gazprom. This reverses the liberalizing trend to break up long-term contracting arrangements elsewhere in Europe, perhaps suggesting that this tactic may be failing.

Published By Datamonitor
24 Nov 2006
CommentWire
CommentWire

EU energy: new constitution is a necessary step

The European Commission has published a report outlining the possible effects of climate change in the EU. In order to reduce climate change, as well as to secure energy supplies from Russia and other energy exporters and to introduce fair competition, the EU must act as one. Furthermore, the best vehicle through which to achieve such an integrated energy policy would be a new constitution.

Published By Datamonitor
16 Jan 2007

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