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UK gas: imports bring challenges for retailers

Q4 2003 data published by the DTI shows gas exports down 40% and imports up 80% on 2002. Whether this means the start of an increased reliance on imports for gas from now or not, the development raises interesting questions for gas retailers' purchasing strategies.

Published By Datamonitor
16 Apr 2004
CommentWire
CommentWire

Shell: crisis exposes exploration & production focus

Shell's assessment of the oil reserve affair prompted the most recent downgrade and the removal of CFO Judy Boynton. This has now been followed by the FSA's own investigation into the scandal. In the medium term, Shell and other oil majors should seek to boost margins in downstream operations to balance exploration & production risk.

Published By Datamonitor
26 Apr 2004
CommentWire
CommentWire

Gas procurement: a retail led path

The Anglo-Dutch gas pipeline will be a key route for continental gas imported into the UK. Centrica [CNA] is to take 8bcm per year from Gasunie through the BBL, in addition to agreeing a recent 1bcm fixed price contract with Statoil [STL.OL]. Fixed price contracts are particularly appealing right now as a tool to guard against future price volatility and protect margins.

Published By Datamonitor
01 Jun 2004
CommentWire
CommentWire

National Grid Transco: integration the goal for auction winners

National Grid Transco's [NGT.L] proposed sale of UK gas distribution networks may well be affected by wrangling over the regulated asset value of these businesses. This appears simply to be horse trading before the preliminary bids are issued, and the real strategic importance of these assets lies in the potential development of horizontally integrated operations.

Published By Datamonitor
29 Jun 2004
Expert View
Expert View

Gas is the key to becoming a pan-European utility

Despite EU gas market liberalization lagging behind that of electricity, it is becoming increasingly apparent that gas market capability, rather than electricity, will be the main lever for developing a pan-European utility proposition. As Datamonitor energy consultant Jon Lane explains, companies like E.ON and Suez already have a head start in this process...

Published By Datamonitor
09 Jul 2004
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK energy: the dash to gas increases exposure to imports

The UK's move to net gas importer status has raised concerns over the country's dependence on gas as the principal fuel for power generation. Given that demand for energy is increasing, the UK now has two choices: focus on developing a broad mix of generation including nuclear and renewable sources, or maintain the dependence on gas with its inherent vulnerability to increases in import costs.

Published By Datamonitor
12 Aug 2004
Expert View
Expert View

Liquefied natural gas is here to stay

The long term LNG import contract recently signed by Centrica underlines the need for diversification in natural gas sourcing as the UK shifts to become a net importer of gas in coming years. As Datamonitor's Alex Solomon explains, LNG will play an increasingly important role in securing the UK's gas supplies, but questions remain over how to best price contracts...

Published By Datamonitor
26 Aug 2004
CommentWire
CommentWire

National Grid Transco: GBP6 billion bonanza

The sale of four of eight gas distribution networks has National Grid Transco [NGT.L] looking to the future. Following one of the largest cash deals in recent corporate history, the grid operator earned a 20% premium on its regulated asset value, lowered debts and ensured a decent return for investors. The preferred bidders could all look to follow this regulated asset model.

Published By Datamonitor
02 Sep 2004
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
CommentWire
CommentWire

Dutch gas: liberalization comes a step closer

The recent decision by the Dutch government to acquire full ownership of the Dutch gas grid has been welcomed as a catalyst towards a liberalized Dutch market. However, despite the advances in market opening the proposed deal will bring, considerable progress still needs to be made in bringing about a meaningfully competitive market in the Netherlands.

Published By Datamonitor
03 Nov 2004

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