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Ensco/Pride merger: combined firm will enjoy first-mover advantage

The merger between Ensco and Pride is the largest takeover in the drilling sector for a decade. Pride had been actively looking for buyers since a 2008 deal with Seadrill failed. The timing of the takeover is apt, as the industry is looking for consolidation in the wake of uncertainty following the Gulf of Mexico disaster.

Published By Datamonitor
14 Feb 2011
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Europe's gas industry need not worry over talk of OPEC-style cartel

Recent comments by the head of Russia's parliamentary gas committee calling for the formation of an OPEC-like gas producers' cartel further highlight Europe's decreasing security of supply. However, while such a move would be potentially beneficial to producers and detrimental to consumers, it remains an unlikely development given the practicalities involved.

Published By Datamonitor
05 Jun 2006
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Exxon's acquisition of XTO reflects changed gas landscape in 2009

The decision by ExxonMobil to buy shale gas producer XTO and shift its strategic focus towards gas reflects an increased global emphasis on environmental impact and technological advances to expand recoverable reserves. While these trends are likely to continue, key issues like economic uncertainty and the debate surrounding long-term oil-indexed gas contracts will be the central drivers in 2010.

Published By Datamonitor
21 Dec 2009
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ExxonMobil claims that global LNG demand is set to triple by 2030

ExxonMobil has claimed that there will be major growth in LNG demand over the next 20 years. Furthermore, it is expected that the Atlantic Basin will become the major consumer of LNG at the expense of the Pacific Basin. However, in order for LNG to reach the dizzy heights expected by Exxon, high costs, technological challenges and geopolitical concerns will all need to be addressed.

Published By Datamonitor
17 Apr 2008
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G8 energy: all for none?

At the G8 summit in Russia, leaders once again demonstrated that these events are merely a meeting of minds, not a mechanism to create aligned policy. There was little unanimity on nuclear and it is clear that Russia, as a net exporter of gas, has different priorities.

Published By Datamonitor
20 Jul 2006
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Gas pipelines: ensuring energy supply versus increasing market access

As discussions about the development of Europe's gas corridor continue, Bulgaria's energy minister has announced that the biggest two projects will "most probably" get derogation from the regulatory framework, which aims to improve competitor access to pipeline networks. This would be a setback for EU policy, but the union needs to face economic realities while improving energy security.

Published By Datamonitor
25 Jul 2011
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Gazprom unlikely to meet aim of 25% of global LNG market by 2030

Gazprom has revealed its aim to hold 25% of the global LNG market by 2030 following the development of a number of key sites. However, unless the state-run company provides greater strategic focus on developing domestic reserves, while also allowing for greater foreign investment and technical expertise, such a target is likely to remain elusive.

Published By Datamonitor
17 Apr 2008
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Gazprom: Russian gas giant expanding with LNG

Gazprom recently delivered its first tanker of LNG to the UK on after acquiring it from Gaz de France, which is a term lifter from Egypt. Gazprom will not have its own LNG facilities until 2008, but has been busy successfully establishing a presence in the LNG market to secure another sales channel for its considerable gas reserves.

Published By Datamonitor
20 Apr 2006
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Gazprom: sends Ukraine new warning signals over gas price

In a world with growing international competition for supplies, Gazprom is reported to have agreed to gradually increase the price that it pays for Central Asian gas, in order to secure supplies from the region that may otherwise be exported to China and to Europe directly via the Nabucco pipeline. As a result, Ukraine may be forced to increase its import prices or risk supply disruption.

Published By Datamonitor
17 Jul 2008
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General Electric: continuing to strengthen its position in the oil and gas industry

General Electric's recent purchase of Wood Group's well support division is another strategic move to strengthen the company's competitive clout in the energy sector. The deal is the firm's fourth acquisition of recent months, signaling a major shift in its corporate strategy: the desire to reduce its dependence on its financial arm and to reinforce its position in the global industrial market.

Published By Datamonitor
16 Feb 2011

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