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Expert View

A storm is brewing in the East despite temporary gas truce

The January 2006 Russia-Ukraine gas deal has been temporarily extended to the autumn; a temporary truce largely driven by Russia's position as chair of the G8. There are two events on the horizon with potentially serious implications for the reliability of gas supplies to Europe: Yulia Tymoshenko's appointment as Ukrainian prime minister, and Turkmenistan's decision to hike gas prices to Russia.

Published By Datamonitor
05 Jul 2006
Expert View
Expert View

Brinkmanship in Kiev and Moscow can only last so long

In stark contrast to their 2006 gas dispute, Ukraine's political leaders bear as much responsibility for the current standoff as their Russian counterparts. Although Kiev perhaps believes that it is in the country's best interests to continue delaying an agreement, such tactics are already eroding support for its situation in Western capitals.

Published By Datamonitor
08 Jan 2009
CommentWire
CommentWire

Centrica: pipes from the East

Centrica has reportedly indicated that it would consider buying some of Russia's export pipelines, should they become available. This may signal a strategic move behind the scenes by the British government to bolster bilateral negotiations with Moscow, rather than working through EU channels.

Published By Datamonitor
16 Feb 2006
CommentWire
CommentWire

Centrica: UK gas storage projects in jeopardy

Centrica Storage has announced that it may abandon plans for two proposed gas storage facilities if the UK government fails to subsidize the GBP1.5 billion projects. While low storage capacity remains a threat to UK energy security, the austerity of the public spending cuts means that government aid will be limited for the foreseeable future.

Published By Datamonitor
03 Nov 2010
Expert View
Expert View

Does Centrica's involvement in the EDF-BE deal still make sense?

In September 2008, EDF announced it was to acquire British Energy for GBP12.5 billion, with a 25% stake going to British utilities giant Centrica as part of the deal. In light of recent declines in commodity prices, Centrica's shareholders have raised questions over the company's involvement in the deal, however, over the long-term, the investment may turn out to be a shrewd move.

Published By Datamonitor
05 Mar 2009
Expert View
Expert View

E.ON's UK gas storage deal makes universal sense

Through its purchase of Holford Gas Storage, E.ON UK has acquired ScottishPower's planning rights to build a gas storage facility in northern England. The purchase makes sense given the ongoing need to reduce wholesale market exposure, as it will allow E.ON to reduce its short gas position. In addition, ScottishPower will see a benefit in the form of a storage contract agreed as part of the deal.

Published By Datamonitor
28 Jul 2005
CommentWire
CommentWire

EDF: LNG trade shows embracing risk is far from reckless

The London-based trading arm of French electricity giant EDF has recently booked capacity at a regasification terminal in France for 2007. This small but significant move indicates that the firm is coming to terms with the need to compete in an increasingly open energy sector, where spot commodity trading will play a vital role.

Published By Datamonitor
28 Jul 2006
Expert View
Expert View

EEX gas trading contract offers timely boost to nascent German wholesale market

Recent signals from the EEX indicating that it is planning to launch a gas trading contract from autumn 2006 will give the German wholesale gas market a much needed boost. However, despite this progress, a meaningfully liquid wholesale gas market in Germany remains a long way away.

Published By Datamonitor
22 May 2006
CommentWire
CommentWire

European gas storage: investment is politically sensitive

Fuel storage capacity, by its very nature, is strategic infrastructure. Indeed, the Belgian regulator's recent decision to reject Gazprom's application to build a new gas storage facility in the region highlights the tension between the need for new storage investment and the political sensitivity surrounding who owns these strategic assets.

Published By Datamonitor
23 Aug 2007
CommentWire
CommentWire

European gas: Italy to become continental hub

Endesa has recently unveiled two new LNG projects planned for north-western Italy, complementing its already planned offshore LNG terminal in the eastern Gulf of Trieste. With LNG capacity set to increase, a planned gas pipeline from Turkey and the possible purchase of gas infrastructure by Gazprom, Italy is poised to become a strategic hub for gas into Europe in the near future.

Published By Datamonitor
07 Apr 2006

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