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A storm is brewing in the East despite temporary gas truce

The January 2006 Russia-Ukraine gas deal has been temporarily extended to the autumn; a temporary truce largely driven by Russia's position as chair of the G8. There are two events on the horizon with potentially serious implications for the reliability of gas supplies to Europe: Yulia Tymoshenko's appointment as Ukrainian prime minister, and Turkmenistan's decision to hike gas prices to Russia.

Published By Datamonitor
05 Jul 2006
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A windfall tax on the UK energy industry is unlikely to prove beneficial

Upward pressures on UK wholesale gas and power prices are being driven by strained supply and demand fundamentals. Imposing a windfall tax on the UK energy industry is unlikely to resolve this issue whereas increased incentives for energy investment in UK gas storage facilities would go some way towards achieving that aim.

Published By Datamonitor
03 Sep 2008
CommentWire
CommentWire

Acergy and Subsea 7: deal signals a new reality in the oil and gas market

The planned merger between Acergy and Subsea 7, like the similar deal agreed by Schlumberger and Smith International earlier this year, illustrates the new environment in the oil and gas services market. With firms looking to become stronger so that they can overcome costs and complexity challenges, consolidation is likely to emerge as a popular strategy.

Published By Datamonitor
06 Jul 2010
CommentWire
CommentWire

Alkane Energy: expansion offers wholesale competition prospects

Renewable power specialist Alkane Energy is to expand its capacity from 20MW to 50MW in the UK. Third party generation is critical to competition in the wholesale and retail markets, encouraging the expansion of suppliers which may not necessarily be able to invest in upstream assets.

Published By Datamonitor
01 Apr 2009
CommentWire
CommentWire

Another 10 years of Norwegian gas for the UK

A 10-year GBP13bn agreement with Statoil, starting in 2015, will see 50 billion cubic meters of gas transported to the UK. The deal is a good move as it reduces UK dependence on Russian gas through European interconnectors. It is a shame, however, that Centrica is not investing more in the UK's North Sea oil and gas reserves, generating much needed tax revenue.

Published By Datamonitor
28 Nov 2011
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Arctic set to warm up as geopolitical frictions play out

According to the US Geological Survey, the Arctic holds major undiscovered quantities of both oil and natural gas, and the territorial rights to these reserves are under debate. While competing geopolitical claims to the region by the US, Norway, Denmark, Canada and Russia are hardly new, given the size of the reserves at stake, they are likely to become sharper.

Published By Datamonitor
31 Jul 2008
CommentWire
CommentWire

Areva: the first nuclear victim of the recession, but will it be alone?

French nuclear energy company Areva has struggled to expand its portfolio in recent years, as have a number of its competitors. Of all reactors being built by 2015, Areva will be responsible for none, while EDF will only be responsible for one. Asian companies may be gaining market share, but this does not dispel the possibility that this is just the beginning of a downturn in the industry.

Published By Datamonitor
09 Aug 2010
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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
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Baltic energy policy mirrors wider EU trends

Polish environment minister Maciej Nowicki has announced that Warsaw will invest PLN5 billion ($1.55 billion) over the next few years to meet its renewables target as part of the European Union's strategy to combat global warming. Poland's energy situation reflects the conundrum within which much of Europe finds itself, and provides an interesting microcosm to consider wider issues.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Jun 2009
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Banks are wary of environmental risks, but a switch to green lending is not inevitable

Some of the world's biggest banks will make it increasingly difficult for companies involved in controversial industries to get funding for future projects. Growing environmental scrutiny is making it harder for lenders to finance polluting industries without suffering a blow to their reputation, but a continued focus on profit means improved lending for green ventures is far from guaranteed.

Published By Datamonitor
09 Sep 2010

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