Latest Intelligence on Energy and Utilities in Slovakia

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Yukos: taking control of a crucial oil export route

Yukos, Russia's second largest oil company, will pay $74 million for 49% of the export pipeline operator. The deal will allow Yukos to export more oil to western Europe, boosting its position in Europe's oil market and helping it come out of the shade of its larger rival Lukoil.

Published By Datamonitor
21 Dec 2001
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UK joins non-binding EU agreement to support nuclear

The UK and 11 other EU countries have signaled their support for nuclear generation. Datamonitor expects benefits from such "soft" agreements to be long-term and to include easier access to funding and R&D sharing. In the short term, the UK government's new carbon price floor will make low-carbon generation, including nuclear, more attractive.

Published By Datamonitor
19 Mar 2013
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The gloves are off in central European fuel retail

Rapid network expansion and upstream muscle are the unstoppable forces pushing Lukoil to the fore of fuel retailing in central and eastern Europe (CEE). The firm is the key mover in the region, expanding its site presence by a remarkable 180% over the past three years. But selling petrol is not simply a numbers game: Lukoil is also successfully incorporating a strong shop proposition.

Published By Datamonitor
11 Apr 2006
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SPP: Slovak sell-off may end up a disappointment

The bids are likely to fall short of the government's expectations, partly because of price controls that mean that SPP must subsidize Slovak gas consumers. This is a problem for the government, which is torn between a need for cash and domestic accusations that it is selling off its assets too cheaply. It may have to enter into negotiations with the highest bidder.

Published By Datamonitor
28 Feb 2002
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Slovnaft's premium fuel strategy may be ill-advised

Slovakian fuel retail network operator Slovnaft has announced that it will no longer sell a 98-octane fuel product at its service stations and is considering offering 100-octane petrol instead. This move comes despite minimal demand for premium fuel products in Slovakia, although it seems Slovnaft may be jumping on a bandwagon to displace the mid-range premium product from the market completely.

Published By Datamonitor
28 Jun 2007
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Slovakian regulator: feeling the heat?

As Slovakia prepares to join the euro, Slovakian prime minister Robert Fico has overturned an increase in retail energy prices - approved by the independent regulator - on the grounds that it will stimulate inflation. This illustrates the fact that, as security of supply becomes an increasingly important concern, liberalization is forced to take a back seat.

Published By Datamonitor
21 Oct 2008
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Slovakian electricity: the bidders line up

It is not surprising that some of Europe's largest utilities are keen to obtain a share in Slovakia's distribution sector. They are strategically placed with connections to Hungary, Austria, Poland, Ukraine and the Czech Republic, offering the companies the opportunity to provide cross-border transit as the various countries open to competition.

Published By Datamonitor
12 Apr 2002
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OMV: focusing on value-added services to drive market share

Through a partnership with Western Union, fuel retailer OMV is set to offer international money transfer facilities across its network in eight Central and Eastern European countries. This is the second recent venture into the financial services space for OMV, and highlights its high focus on expanding and diversifying its service offering to drive customer satisfaction.

Published By Datamonitor
21 Jul 2010
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OMV: acquisitions boost regional leader

Austria's OMV is now a leading fuel retailer in Central and Eastern Europe, and the largest international retailer in Hungary and Slovakia. Not only is the company driving up fuel sales per site by acquiring sites with higher throughputs, but its new acquisitions will also enable the expansion of the non-fuel business at its service stations.

Published By Datamonitor
10 Feb 2003
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Nordic fuel retailers take unmanned voyage east

While unmanned or automated sites have been an integral part of the forecourt retailing landscape in the Nordic markets for decades, in other parts of Europe this concept of automated payment, no shop and slightly more barren forecourts has never quite managed to take off. But a new wave of openings is now occurring, targeting markets further east.

Published By Datamonitor
23 Aug 2006

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