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CommentWire
CommentWire

AEP: staying in the UK, albeit with foreign coal

Low wholesale power prices are adversely affecting the UK coal industry; having ruled out further investment, AEP is now searching for other ways to reduce costs. With imported coal cheaper than that from the UK, increasing imports seems inevitable. Although this is bad news for UK coal, it does at least confirm AEP's commitment to stay in the UK power and coal markets.

Published By Datamonitor
16 Oct 2002
Expert View
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

BHP Billiton: mad dogs and aluminum

It's been a good week for BHP, which also managed to resolve a long-running pollution dispute and gain approval for another oil joint venture. Last year's merger has left the Anglo-Australian company in a strong position to invest in new markets and distance itself from old mistakes. If it carries on as it has, BHP is set for a strong future.

Published By Datamonitor
13 Feb 2002
CommentWire
CommentWire

Corus: muddled thinking

When Corus was formed in 1999, it hoped to grow by diversifying from steel - but a corporate rethink has overturned these plans. Not only is the firm now spinning off its non-steel businesses, it's merging with Brazil's CSN, thereby guaranteeing ore supplies. It's not clear that heavy exposure to a rickety economy is the best way of hedging commodity price risk, however.

Published By Datamonitor
21 Aug 2002
CommentWire
CommentWire

EU energy: coal overcapacity will go gently

Germany and France will be allowed to spend an additional combined amount of E2.5 billion in state aid to the two countries' coal industries. This is designed to reduce the significant remaining overcapacity in Europe's coal production while tempering the social cost of pit closures.

Published By Datamonitor
03 Oct 2002
CommentWire
CommentWire

Transport and energy: gloomy announcements raise questions over supposed 'green shoots' of recovery

Declines in the Baltic Dry Index and international air cargo volumes, along with forecasts of weak crude oil demand until 2012, have raised questions over various claims of a quicker-than-expected global economic recovery. Despite the recent rally in the stock market brought on by these claims, these new announcements indicate that a full recovery is still a long way off.

Published By Datamonitor
02 Jul 2009

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