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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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Allegations of energy price manipulation: changes afoot?

UK energy prices are a hot political issue and suggestions that the wholesale gas market is being manipulated are only fueling the controversy. The price reporting agencies, which interpret the market, are facing challenges to their entrenched position.

Published By Datamonitor
27 Feb 2013
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China's green drive to be nuclear-powered

The United Nations and China are seeking to establish a carbon trading exchange in Beijing to tap into the lucrative Chinese market for emissions credits. While the new bourse offers further downside to already weak European carbon prices, it is ultimately a sub-plot to China's longer-term drive towards atomic power generation.

Published By Datamonitor
13 Feb 2007
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Commodity prices: buoyed by QE2 and speculative investment inflows

Although the global economy is slowly recovering from the worst downturn since the second world war, policymakers in Western countries are finding it very difficult to stimulate growth and boost aggregate demand. Monetary easing now remains the lone tool after further fiscal stimulus was ruled out at June's G20 summit, where heads of state pledged to halve national budget deficits by 2013.

Published By Datamonitor
17 Nov 2010
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Cost overruns and prolonged uncertainty dissuade Centrica from UK nuclear investment

Centrica has withdrawn from its nuclear rebuilding partnership with EDF in the UK, citing rising costs, delays, and regulatory uncertainty. The utility must now decide where and on what to focus its resources, with potential opportunities arising in gas and offshore wind.

Published By Datamonitor
06 Feb 2013
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Debate over France's commodity derivatives markets has global ramifications

The risk analysis institute of the French Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales has raised questions over France's new derivatives policies, providing further evidence of the schism of opinion in the country. This debate will no doubt elevate numerous important questions to the international stage as France takes presidency of the G20.

Published By Datamonitor
19 Oct 2010
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EU should act now over 'gasPEC'

The recent announcement by 15 gas-exporting states, including six of the world's top 10, revealing that they are to form a permanent organization intended to stabilize prices and monitor markets does not indicate that an OPEC-style gas cartel is any closer to becoming a reality. Still, Europe cannot afford to sit on its hands forever.

Published By Datamonitor
06 Jan 2009
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German wholesale gas liquidity takes another step forward

Wingas' decision to merge its three gas trading zones into one signifies another step forward for the German wholesale gas market. After remaining stuck at the nascent stage for many years, German traded gas market liquidity is likely to see the beginnings of a strong upward movement in the latter part of 2007, when Wingas and a number of other German gas firms start to unite their trading zones.

Published By Datamonitor
24 May 2007
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Google: managing its energy demand is the key to a low-cost supply

Google has been granted a license to trade energy on the US wholesale market, in an attempt to go green and procure renewable energy. This load-shifting through geographically diverse datacenters may result in significant savings and greener overall energy consumption for the company, and could signal the start of a new trend for companies looking to better manage their energy costs.

Published By Datamonitor
24 Feb 2010

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