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Vestas in talks with Mitsubishi over possible strategic alliance

A strategic alliance between Vestas and Mitsubishi Heavy could result in Mitsubishi acquiring a 20% stake in Vestas and gaining a foothold in the European offshore market while providing finance and expertise that Vestas requires. A full takeover of the Danish company cannot be ruled out.

Published By Datamonitor
05 Sep 2012
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK LNG: foreign suppliers are failing to deliver

UK wholesale gas prices have been at a premium to the US market; however, this has failed to encourage LNG shippers, which have diverted tankers away from the UK. Cargo needs, capacity planning and concerns about the security of supply should be raised, given that market fundamentals are not at work. A supply failure, albeit temporary, must be corrected for the market to function efficiently.

Published By Datamonitor
01 Apr 2008
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK energy: nuclear option key to supply diversity

With increasing demand for energy, restricted supply, and Kyoto targets on reducing greenhouse gas emissions to meet, the case for building new nuclear plants, once dismissed as a last resort, is rapidly regaining force. The importance of the nuclear role as part of a diverse generation portfolio must not be underestimated.

Published By Datamonitor
15 Sep 2004
Expert View
Expert View

The Japanese and global nuclear industries will survive the Fukushima incident

Toshiba, Hitachi, and Mitsubishi will have to revise their worldwide short and medium-term nuclear sales forecasts downwards due to the Fukushima incident. However, in the longer term Japan's nuclear majors stand to profit from the decommissioning of the country's damaged reactors, as well as the continued growth of an industry which the world, including Japan, cannot conceivably do without.

Published By Datamonitor
16 May 2011
Expert View
Expert View

The Fukushima Daiichi disaster has raised questions about the future of Japan's energy supply

As the effects of the Fukushima Daiichi disaster continue to be felt, this latest nuclear accident cannot be treated as an isolated incident. At present, nuclear power is a key component of Japan's energy mix, but going forward, it seems certain that the nation will attempt to reduce its dependency. However, any such moves in this direction will create fresh challenges.

Published By Datamonitor
22 Mar 2011
CommentWire
CommentWire

Tepco: nuclear shutdown

Japanese power giant Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO) has announced the shutdown of the last of its nuclear reactors. This puts the government's long-term energy plans at risk as Japan may face an acute electricity shortage in the summer.

Published By Datamonitor
15 Apr 2003
CommentWire
CommentWire

Osaka Gas: redefining the super major

Japan's dependence on liquefied natural gas imports has created a market situation whereby the country boasts a large number of integrated energy companies. However, having invested significantly in Spain's Sagunto terminal, Osaka Gas is leading the way in breaking free of the burden of merely meeting domestic demand to show promise in other fields.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Jun 2010
Expert View
Expert View

New technology promises to halve the cost of carbon capture and storage

The role that carbon capture and storage can theoretically play in curbing the upward trend in global emissions is significant. However, the associated costs are prohibitively high and sector growth disproportionately slow. New technology from Japan offers the promise of cheaper, economically attractive carbon capture and storage, and with it the catalyst the industry has long been waiting for.

Published By Datamonitor
28 Feb 2011
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Expert View

New food review: watermelons shaping up to provide a refreshing alternative

Some unusual fruit products have been noted by Productscan this month, such as carbon dioxide injected fresh fruit, square watermelons and sausages filled with goji berries, a so-called super-fruit. The release of these products highlights the growing consumer interest in healthier food options, with manufacturers seeking innovative ways to present their offerings to appeal to this growing trend.

Published By Datamonitor
11 Oct 2006
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Expert View

Natural gas will be a short-term measure as Japan struggles with the fallout of its nuclear crisis

The shutdown of the Japanese Fukushima Daiichi nuclear facility has resulted in an energy crisis, and the nation has stepped up efforts to curb the demand-supply gap by diverting a major chunk of generation to natural gas sources. This will lead to increased liquefied natural gas imports and, consequently, global gas price hikes. Investment in renewable technologies is also likely to be popular.

Published By Datamonitor
31 Mar 2011

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