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A windfall tax on the UK energy industry is unlikely to prove beneficial

Upward pressures on UK wholesale gas and power prices are being driven by strained supply and demand fundamentals. Imposing a windfall tax on the UK energy industry is unlikely to resolve this issue whereas increased incentives for energy investment in UK gas storage facilities would go some way towards achieving that aim.

Published By Datamonitor
03 Sep 2008
CommentWire
CommentWire

Acergy and Subsea 7: deal signals a new reality in the oil and gas market

The planned merger between Acergy and Subsea 7, like the similar deal agreed by Schlumberger and Smith International earlier this year, illustrates the new environment in the oil and gas services market. With firms looking to become stronger so that they can overcome costs and complexity challenges, consolidation is likely to emerge as a popular strategy.

Published By Datamonitor
06 Jul 2010
CommentWire
CommentWire

Alkane Energy: expansion offers wholesale competition prospects

Renewable power specialist Alkane Energy is to expand its capacity from 20MW to 50MW in the UK. Third party generation is critical to competition in the wholesale and retail markets, encouraging the expansion of suppliers which may not necessarily be able to invest in upstream assets.

Published By Datamonitor
01 Apr 2009
CommentWire
CommentWire

Another 10 years of Norwegian gas for the UK

A 10-year GBP13bn agreement with Statoil, starting in 2015, will see 50 billion cubic meters of gas transported to the UK. The deal is a good move as it reduces UK dependence on Russian gas through European interconnectors. It is a shame, however, that Centrica is not investing more in the UK's North Sea oil and gas reserves, generating much needed tax revenue.

Published By Datamonitor
28 Nov 2011
Expert View
Expert View

Arctic set to warm up as geopolitical frictions play out

According to the US Geological Survey, the Arctic holds major undiscovered quantities of both oil and natural gas, and the territorial rights to these reserves are under debate. While competing geopolitical claims to the region by the US, Norway, Denmark, Canada and Russia are hardly new, given the size of the reserves at stake, they are likely to become sharper.

Published By Datamonitor
31 Jul 2008
CommentWire
CommentWire

Areva: the first nuclear victim of the recession, but will it be alone?

French nuclear energy company Areva has struggled to expand its portfolio in recent years, as have a number of its competitors. Of all reactors being built by 2015, Areva will be responsible for none, while EDF will only be responsible for one. Asian companies may be gaining market share, but this does not dispel the possibility that this is just the beginning of a downturn in the industry.

Published By Datamonitor
09 Aug 2010
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Expert View

Banks are wary of environmental risks, but a switch to green lending is not inevitable

Some of the world's biggest banks will make it increasingly difficult for companies involved in controversial industries to get funding for future projects. Growing environmental scrutiny is making it harder for lenders to finance polluting industries without suffering a blow to their reputation, but a continued focus on profit means improved lending for green ventures is far from guaranteed.

Published By Datamonitor
09 Sep 2010
CommentWire
CommentWire

BG Group acquisition: the hunter becomes the hunted

UK gas explorer BG Group's hostile takeover of Australasian energy supplier Origin Energy has been all but sunk by a deal between Origin and US oil giant ConocoPhillips, to form a joint venture company that will own and operate Origin's coal seam gas reserves.

Published By Datamonitor
15 Sep 2008
CommentWire
CommentWire

BG Group: backing out of US and UK generation

With the sale of its US generators complete, barring regulatory sign-off, and a sale process underway for its remaining UK generation assets, BG Group is cutting the cable on its involvement in power generation as demand keeps falling. By selling plants to pure-play generation and infrastructure groups, BG Group will be able to grow its activities in burgeoning areas of the oil and gas sectors.

Published By Datamonitor
30 Apr 2010
CommentWire
CommentWire

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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