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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
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CommentWire

UK energy supply: Russia's bullish forecast unlikely in medium term

Russian President Vladimir Putin has been quoted saying that by 2010 10% of UK gas demand is likely to be sourced from Russian imports. Whilst Russian gas will no doubt assume greater prominence in the UK over time, Mr Putin's forecast appears extremely bullish given the availability of geographically closer gas sources and is unlikely to materialize in the short to medium term.

Published By Datamonitor
21 Oct 2005
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CommentWire

UK energy retail: Centrica looking to reduce reliance on NBP

Centrica, the parent company of British Gas, is subject to significant volatility due to the fact that it purchases gas from the UK wholesale market, the NBP. This volatility places utilities, including Centrica, under a great deal of pressure to pass changes in wholesale pricing through to retail customers in order to remain profitable.

Published By Datamonitor
11 Jul 2008
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Tymoshenko's paper tiger

On October 3, Ukraine and Russia signed a Memorandum of Understanding under which price increases for gas imports will be spread over three years. Although Kiev appears to have secured supply at a manageable cost, lack of detail in the agreement and turmoil in Ukrainian politics suggests the deal will have little impact in the long run.

Published By Datamonitor
13 Oct 2008
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CommentWire

Turkmenistan: emerging as a strong gas partner for the EU

In an attempt to establish itself as an exporter to the EU, Turkmenistan has announced plans to provide some of its 40bcm annual surplus of natural gas to the Nabucco pipeline project. Although this will allow the country to diversify its export markets, it will face numerous challenges to selling its gas to the EU, as it will have to bypass the two major players in the region, Iran and Russia.

Published By Datamonitor
10 Dec 2010
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CommentWire

Turkish gas: Iranian deal driven by pragmatism

In a bid to bolster its goal of becoming a major European gas hub, Turkey has entered into a deal worth around GBP1.75 billion with Iran, through which it will help to develop the region's massive South Pars gas field. Despite opposition to the deal on political grounds, the agreement will help to secure European energy supplies as alliances with Russia become increasingly risky.

Published By Datamonitor
24 Jul 2007
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CommentWire

Turkey: new feed-in tariffs may not be enough to kick start domestic renewables industry

As emerging renewable energy markets across Europe opt to cut their feed-in tariffs for photovoltaics in an attempt to curtail government spending, Turkey is introducing its first feed-in tariff support scheme for solar power, as well as wind, hydro, and geothermal technology. However, the new changes are unlikely to be enough to meet Turkey's ambitious renewables targets.

Published By Datamonitor
14 Jan 2011
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Trouble in North Africa threatens Europe's fuel supplies

As revolution sweeps through the Middle East and North Africa, the region's economic stability is increasingly at risk. It took only two days for Libya to descend into full-scale civil war, and Algeria remains on high alert. While the political mayhem is a threat to Europe's post-colonial legacy, Libya and Algeria stand out from the rest due to Europe's dependence on their oil and gas resources.

Published By Datamonitor
23 Feb 2011
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The regulatory effects of Russia and Ukraine's 'gas war' are emerging

Fear of another disruption to Russian gas supplies continues to stalk EU policy makers, despite Ukrainian prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko's insistence that her country has sufficient funds to meet monthly gas payments to Russia. This has made possible the passage of a new EU regulation demanding that states can meet 60 days of peak demand for gas, but seamless cross-border trade is the next step.

Published By Datamonitor
03 Aug 2009
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The potential of global shale gas resources is likely to drive upstream investments

Due to increased demand, the global shale gas industry is likely to witness significant investment in the medium to long term, particularly in the US, along with a number of developing markets with large reserves, such as China, Argentina, Mexico, Brazil, Libya, and Algeria. However, environmental concerns and the lack of regulatory policies may impede the sector's global development.

Published By Datamonitor
27 Apr 2011

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