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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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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

Turkmenistan: emerging as a strong gas partner for the EU

In an attempt to establish itself as an exporter to the EU, Turkmenistan has announced plans to provide some of its 40bcm annual surplus of natural gas to the Nabucco pipeline project. Although this will allow the country to diversify its export markets, it will face numerous challenges to selling its gas to the EU, as it will have to bypass the two major players in the region, Iran and Russia.

Published By Datamonitor
10 Dec 2010
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CommentWire

Shell: increased preparations ahead of 2009 hurricane season

After destructive hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico in recent years, and with insurance both less available and more expensive, Shell Oil has taken a proactive approach to storm preparation for the 2009 Atlantic hurricane season. However, while a hurricane would severely impact US gasoline and natural gas prices, it would have a surprisingly minor effect on the wider oil economy.

Published By Datamonitor
08 Jun 2009
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Second-tier oil and gas companies seek strategic repositioning

Facing stiff competition in areas such as the Gulf of Mexico and North Sea, where top-tier companies (in terms of market capitalization and total annual oil production) have the scale to both tender and take on the biggest projects, second-tier oil and gas companies such as Anadarko, Murphy Oil and Devon Energy are thinking outside the box and strategically repositioning themselves.

Published By Datamonitor
17 Sep 2010
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Russo-Georgian conflict raises the stakes for European energy security

Recent Russian hostilities in Georgia, alongside PKK attacks on the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline, have exposed the tight link between geopolitics and energy security in upstream European supplies. While the EU is increasingly looking to Central Asia and the Middle East to diversify supply options, it will need strong resolve and plausible political incentives if such a strategy is to succeed.

Published By Datamonitor
12 Aug 2008
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Rising commodity prices due to Queensland floods put pressure on utilities

Flooding in the Australian state of Queensland has covered an area the size of France and Germany combined. The floods are making a significant impact on the supply and prices of a number of commodities such as cotton, wheat, sugar, other foodstuffs, and particularly coal. The latter will place further pressure on utilities, which are reliant on coal-based energy generation.

Published By Datamonitor
18 Jan 2011
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Renewed fears of gas cartelization remain unfounded

The recent meeting of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum has again reignited fears that the organization will emerge as a gas OPEC. These fears have been further fuelled by plans to set up a price formula working group. However, the ability of the GECF to emerge as a gas OPEC, at least in the short to medium term, remains limited.

Published By Datamonitor
13 Apr 2007
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Reliance Industries Limited: struggling to sustain production from India's richest gas field

The upstream regulator of India has rejected the most recent spending proposals submitted by Reliance Industries Limited for the KG-D6 basin, claiming that the company has failed to stick to the approved field development plan. Low production has led to an unreliable supply of gas in the country, with Indian consumers being hit the hardest.

Published By Datamonitor
27 Apr 2011
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Oil giants post impressive but unsustainable Q3 successes

The majority of the world's biggest oil companies have posted impressive Q3 profits off the back of recovering oil and gas prices, increased production and, in some cases, improved refining margins and shrewd restructuring. However, refining is still a big challenge for many in the industry, and it remains to be seen whether profits so heavily dependent on fickle market prices can be sustained.

Published By Datamonitor
02 Nov 2010

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