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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
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Africa: a great hope for oil producers but a forgotten continent for global media

Recent media coverage of the social unrest in Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya has referred to a "Middle Eastern crisis." However, these important oil producing nations are firmly African. The oversight is indicative of a broader media tendency to ignore similar problems taking place across Africa, where a number of elections throughout 2011 could further threaten the continent's oil and gas production.

Published By Datamonitor
02 Mar 2011
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Algerian gas: a small step toward gas market liberalization

In its quest to further gas liberalization in Europe, the EU has recently reached an agreement with Algeria on the thorny issues of profit sharing mechanisms and gas resale destination clauses. Given that Algeria supplies around 15% of Europe's natural gas consumption, this represents a small but crucial step towards gas market liberalization.

Published By Datamonitor
06 Aug 2007
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Back to BASICs for India at Cancun

It's COP time again, and the world will resume its yearly chant about the need to address climate change. The baby steps taken in Copenhagen at the COP15 will be the focus of attention as most developed nations push to make these into more binding agreements. There will therefore be a lot of interest in the four BASIC countries - Brazil, South Africa, India, and China - and what they come up with.

Published By Datamonitor
29 Nov 2010
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Davos: the oil shock strikes back?

High demand and investors seeking refuge in commodities from uncertainty in the world's financial markets drove oil prices up to record levels in 2008, peaking at around $147. However, falling demand due to the global recession sent prices plummeting to $40 per barrel, prompting OPEC spokesmen to raise concerns at the Davos summit of a lack of investment and supply constraints in the near future.

Published By Datamonitor
12 Feb 2009
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Energy storage: evolution, not yet revolution

For some time the investment community has considered the energy storage industry as an area of great opportunity, expecting financial headlines to be awash with market players' success stories. Instead, energy storage seems to have stepped out of the limelight. Nevertheless, these nascent market technologies are quietly making progress toward commercialization across a number of industries.

Published By Datamonitor
25 Mar 2010
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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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