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Winter gas & power will still prove costly for UK business

Falling wholesale energy prices have had significant column inches recently, with UK regulator Ofgem threatening to "go after" domestic retailers caught with profit-laden "jam on their fingers." While households may enjoy a welcome fall in energy bills in the New Year, British industry faces the more immediate prospect of another winter of discontent in the volatile spot and near curve markets.

Published By Datamonitor
18 Sep 2006
Expert View
Expert View

Wingas right to question the competitiveness of long-term contracts

Germany's Wingas has questioned the paradoxical practice of moving to a liberalized energy market but still allowing suppliers to maintain long-term contracts. Wingas' objection is justified as the context of such long-term contractual arrangements has moved on and, as Datamonitor's Salman Wasti argues, other, less anti-competitive options are available.

Published By Datamonitor
21 Jul 2005
Expert View
Expert View

What to expect when the Czech Republic assumes the EU presidency

In less than eight weeks time the Czech Republic will assume the rotating EU presidency, replacing France. Six months after that, the position will shift again to Sweden. Whereas the French and Swedish objectives relating to environment and energy respectively are quite ambitious, the Czech presidency will have limited aspirations.

Published By Datamonitor
12 Nov 2008
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Expert View

Western oil majors are feeling the pinch from national companies

As recent figures indicate, major Western oil companies such as Royal Dutch Shell, BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, and TOTAL are increasingly losing ground to a new breed of competitors. With many of the most lucrative hydrocarbon reserves situated in emerging nations and jealously guarded by national oil and gas companies, could this signal the end for Western domination of the oil industry?

Published By Datamonitor
31 Jan 2011
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Expert View

Weak US gas market will further dampen UK wholesale prices

Although gas prices are currently low across the Atlantic Basin, they are even lower in the US, which is diverting LNG towards Europe and further depressing wholesale prices. As these low prices are against a backdrop of Russia's over-supply to Europe and continuing weak demand in the UK, prices are expected to remain below seasonal averages during winter 2009.

Published By Datamonitor
09 Sep 2009
CommentWire
CommentWire

Water Disclosure Project launch: managing the energy-water nexus is vital

Backed by 137 institutional investors representing $16 trillion in assets, the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) has launched a new program designed to assess the risks and opportunities associated with the water consumption of the world's 500 largest companies. As 90% of global freshwater is used for food and energy production, utilities need to proactively manage water as a core asset.

Published By Datamonitor
30 Nov 2010
CommentWire
CommentWire

Utilities continue to move upstream to secure supplies

Although gas prices have slumped and Europe is facing a supply glut, energy firms remain intent on securing supplies and hedging wholesale price risks by boosting their hydrocarbon reserves. Utilities are continuing their dash for upstream assets as the steep scaling back in oil and gas investments caused by the downturn could potentially lead to supply shortfalls once economic growth recovers.

Published By Datamonitor
07 Dec 2009
Expert View
Expert View

US support for Lithuanian LNG plant indicative of frenetic attempts to reduce Russian gas dependence

Following the military conflict in Georgia and the potential 'loss' of the EU-US backed 'fourth corridor' of energy supplies from the Caucuses/Central Asia, liquefied natural gas is rapidly gaining traction across European states as a strategic supply option. Yet it is the US, as much as the EU, that is driving renewed interest in LNG in Europe.

Published By Datamonitor
14 Oct 2008
CommentWire
CommentWire

US oil: Mexico spill highlights new challenges for oil companies

Having caused one of the worst spills in living memory, BP's ruptured oil well in the Gulf of Mexico has revived the debate over the exploration of US offshore regions. Indeed, the fallout from the incident could affect offshore exploration and production in many other areas of the world. Oil companies must remain proactive and promote industry best practices if they are to weather the storm.

Published By Datamonitor
18 May 2010
Expert View
Expert View

US LNG terminal building boom will lead to massive underuse of capacity

Gas producers without export pipelines are taking advantage of increased natural gas demand in Europe, the US and Asia by shipping gas in liquid form. Demand for LNG is so great that shipments at sea have been diverted from their original destination to take advantage of arbitrage opportunities elsewhere. Nevertheless, new capacity created by a boom in LNG infrastructure builds may be underused.

Published By Datamonitor
31 Aug 2007

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