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Shell: better off than most, for now

All the oil majors suffered last quarter compared with Q1 2001, but at least Shell did no worse than expected. Its profit slump was shallower than many of its rivals, but the oil giant still seems to be lagging behind. Shell needs to apply aggressive cost cutting, while also pursuing upstream gas acquisitions to turn around its sluggish growth.

Published By Datamonitor
02 May 2002
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CommentWire

Nuon: shareholders holding out for a better deal

The proposed merger between Dutch utilities Nuon and Essent has hit the buffers, with two Dutch provinces which own 23% of Nuon opposing the planned deal. While it may seem strange that the shareholders would oppose the creation of a new national champion, it could be that they would prefer to hold out for a wealthier suitor such as E.ON or Enel.

Published By Datamonitor
10 Apr 2007
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CommentWire

Nuon/Essent: merger could expose holes in European energy policy

Dutch power and gas firms Nuon and Essent have entered into merger talks, which could result in the formation of an E20 billion utility company. While such a large player would benefit from various synergies and economies of scale, the primary aim of the anticipated merger would be more of a defensive ploy than an attempt by the two companies to augment their market-competitive profile.

Published By Datamonitor
22 Jan 2007
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CommentWire

NRE: bidding war may require Dutch courage

According to the Dutch financial newspaper Het Financieele Dagblad, NRE, a regional energy supplier in the Netherlands, is going to be taken over. Four potential bidders have been mentioned, and each would have different reasons for doing so. However, given the financial strength of each of the four, the final price is likely to be high.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Apr 2005
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CommentWire

Netherlands: Network liberalization will guarantee both consolidation and competition

By creating a fully independent transmission system the Dutch government may hasten Nuon's takeover by a foreign utility. However, after European utilities consolidate, fully independent transmission networks may turn out to have been a prescient policy decision.

Published By Datamonitor
06 Sep 2006
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CommentWire

Gasunie: splitting up as competition hots up

As part of the transition towards a fully competitive gas market in the Netherlands, Gasunie is to split into two separate trading companies run by Exxon and Shell, and a government-owned network operator. Gasunie has already had to face strong competition from new entrants, and the new trading units will face an even tougher environment as the market fully opens in 2004.

Published By Datamonitor
09 Apr 2002
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CommentWire

European energy: eBusiness goes Dutch

Published By Datamonitor
27 Jul 2001
Expert View
Expert View

Essent adds further $1 billion problem to Dutch unbundling

A week after the work councils were reported of potentially planning protests against unbundling, Dutch power supplier Essent has repeated its claim that it will be hit by $1 billion in claims if the network is unbundled. However, these pronouncements show no sign of derailing the government's push to pass a law forcing the separation of the networks business by 2008.

Published By Datamonitor
26 Jan 2006
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CommentWire

Dutch energy: government protects its own

The new Dutch government wants to liberalize the energy sector before allowing its infrastructure to be privatized, which removes the main target for foreign competitors. Meanwhile, utility consolidation continues as Nuon and Eneco emerge as leading contenders to takeover Remu. But government's moves will only delay, not prevent, the Dutch market's fall into foreign hands.

Published By Datamonitor
12 Sep 2002
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CommentWire

Centrica: another tentative foray into Europe

Centrica has not built up a Europe-wide energy supply business with the same enthusiasm as some of its rivals, but its purchase of Oxxio is a small step in this direction. However, it appears to be an exploratory step, and large-scale future growth outside the UK is by no means inevitable.

Published By Datamonitor
08 Jun 2005

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