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Regional gas arenas are first step on long road to pan-European market

New regulatory proposals aimed at improving levels of competitive intensity in the European gas market have the potential to give a welcome, and much needed, fillip to the EU's aim of creating a single European gas market. However, the sheer diversity and broad range of competitive conditions in Europe's gas markets create significant obstacles to these aims.

Published By Datamonitor
03 May 2006
CommentWire
CommentWire

Gazprom: asset-owning shippers raise competition concerns

The proposed infrastructure swap with Gasunie would see Gazprom move ever closer to the UK market over which it has long had designs. However the move would raise wider questions of market power with a wholesaler having some degree of control over a capacity bottleneck between the UK and the continent.

Published By Datamonitor
12 Jun 2006
CommentWire
CommentWire

Italian network unbundling: aggressive government action will hit Eni

Romano Prodi's new government has taken an aggressive stance on network unbundling, and this will have far-reaching implications for Italian energy giant Eni and its natural gas network. Perhaps displeased with the slow pace of ongoing regulatory and anti-trust proceedings into the natural gas transmitter, the government is leaving nothing to chance.

Published By Datamonitor
13 Jun 2006
Expert View
Expert View

National Grid's call for strategic gas storage is warranted

The UK's gas network operator has told the Trade and Industry Select Committee that "an urgent review of the strategic reserves would be welcome". While market-led investment in large scale storage would be preferable, the reality of growing import dependence and insufficient price signals at the NBP may necessitate state involvement.

Published By Datamonitor
23 Jun 2006
Expert View
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
CommentWire
CommentWire

Gazprom: E.ON deal suggests bigger acquisitions on horizon

The recent exchange of assets between German utility giant E.ON and Russian E&P major Gazprom should come as little surprise given current industry drivers. Gazprom wants 'security of demand', and gaining a stake in E.ON's Hungarian downstream supply arm could yet be a precursor to a far bigger buy.

Published By Datamonitor
25 Jul 2006
Expert View
Expert View

Winter gas & power will still prove costly for UK business

Falling wholesale energy prices have had significant column inches recently, with UK regulator Ofgem threatening to "go after" domestic retailers caught with profit-laden "jam on their fingers." While households may enjoy a welcome fall in energy bills in the New Year, British industry faces the more immediate prospect of another winter of discontent in the volatile spot and near curve markets.

Published By Datamonitor
18 Sep 2006
Expert View
Expert View

Italian regulator voices concerns over Eni-Gazprom deal

Gazprom's plans to expand downstream into the Italian energy market have again encountered resistance from regulators, with the Italian Antitrust Authority voicing concerns over a cooperation deal with Eni. While such a deal would undoubtedly be beneficial to both Gazprom and its proposed partner Eni, the benefits to consumers are less discernable.

Published By Datamonitor
28 Sep 2006
CommentWire
CommentWire

European gas: Ukrainian deal strengthens European security of supply

The Ukrainian government recently announced that all its gas imports in 2007 will come from Central Asia. This new deal to diversify Ukrainian gas imports is good news for West European security of supply, and will finally lay to rest the Russia-Ukraine price dispute, which earlier this year caused major disruptions to several European countries.

Published By Datamonitor
12 Oct 2006
CommentWire
CommentWire

EU energy: new constitution is a necessary step

The European Commission has published a report outlining the possible effects of climate change in the EU. In order to reduce climate change, as well as to secure energy supplies from Russia and other energy exporters and to introduce fair competition, the EU must act as one. Furthermore, the best vehicle through which to achieve such an integrated energy policy would be a new constitution.

Published By Datamonitor
16 Jan 2007

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