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BG Group: planned acquisition of Origin Energy has potential problems

UK natural gas producer BG Group has signaled its interest in Australia's Origin Energy through a A$12.9 billion (GBP6.2 billion) takeover offer. However, Origin's asset mix differs significantly from that of BG Group and selling on Origin's core activities following the acquisition in order to align their respective operations could prove to be a headache for the UK energy giant.

Published By Datamonitor
08 May 2008
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Big hurdle cleared for new build nuclear in the UK

The agreement of a strike price over Hinkley Point has put an end to protracted negotiations between the UK government and EDF. It means the first new nuclear capacity in almost 20 years in the UK is one step closer to a final investment decision. While from the government's perspective the agreement is a bet on the future level of wholesale prices, it represents a win for energy security.

Published By Datamonitor
25 Oct 2013
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Blair gives green light to nuclear, but hard part is delivery

The UK prime minister Tony Blair says the replacement of nuclear plants is to be a key policy goal, and Datamonitor research shows that industry stakeholders agree that it should be. The lack of a defined policy on nuclear has undermined the UK's energy markets, so this announcement is welcome news. Yet delivering the new infrastructure in the context of a competitive market will be no easy task.

Published By Datamonitor
18 May 2006
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Blunders are killing Spanish renewables

Bad energy policy and poor management of the Spanish power sector have resulted in the complete cessation of support for new renewable energy projects and retrospective cuts that will hurt investors and cost Spain dearly.

Published By Datamonitor
25 Jun 2013
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Boom and bust for Spain's heavily subsidized solar industry

Although Spain's solar market was once at the forefront of worldwide activity, a change in its feed-in tariff subsidy has sent the sector into a downward spiral, leaving its future in the balance as solar manufacturers cut production and staffing levels. As a result, the global solar market faces a significant setback instead of making the necessary contributions towards the EU's 20-20-20 targets.

Published By Datamonitor
27 Apr 2009
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British Energy - out of the frying pan...

Having been forced to sign a letter of credit from the government in 2003 to remain solvent, British Energy (BE) was obliged to sell forward 96% of its total output to the end of this winter. With the company contracted to continue selling its power at the low prices of the time, rising wholesale prices and underproduction have left BE selling at a large deficit and in ever deepening trouble.

Published By Datamonitor
16 Dec 2004
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British Energy sale remains a political priority as nuclear credibility questioned

The UK government's sale of its stake in British Energy looks set to become increasingly protracted. While EdF remains the strong favorite to acquire the assets should a sale proceed, a potential minority stake for Centrica would play well politically. Without successful completion of a sale, British nuclear credibility will remain in question.

Published By Datamonitor
02 Jul 2008
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British Energy sale to be increasingly protracted, but EDF remains in driving seat

The sale of British Energy is set to become increasingly protracted following rejection of a GBP12.4 billion bid from Electricite de France, as part of a joint venture with Centrica which was looking to acquire a 20-25% stake. While Electricite de France remains well placed to acquire the assets, Centrica's role could now be in danger.

Published By Datamonitor
15 Aug 2008
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British Energy's acquisition would facilitate future nuclear build

The UK government is planning to divest its stake in British Energy. Consequently, a number of UK and European energy players have expressed an interest in buying the utility, as its assets can be used for future nuclear build. Although the acquisition may result in market consolidation, the real result would be increased electricity generation capacity and a greater security of supply in the UK.

Published By Datamonitor
03 Apr 2008
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British Energy: a chilly nuclear winter in store

Following a recent run of bad news, things have not improved for British Energy, as outages have left only one of the company's plants operating at full capacity. The reactor problems are likely to have wider-reaching implications too, as the impact of the outage reverberates through the UK energy industry, with both short- and long-term consequences.

Published By Datamonitor
26 Oct 2006

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