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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
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Alinta: driving growth and diversification through acquisition

The price may be high, but for Alinta [ALN.AX] it is worth paying Duke [DUK] A$1.69 billion to capture some of Australia's most important gas pipelines, as well as power generation assets. Capitalizing on US energy companies' steady exit from Australia, the company is both improving the diversity of its operations and creating steady long-term growth in shareholder returns.

Published By Datamonitor
18 Mar 2004
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CommentWire

Another 10 years of Norwegian gas for the UK

A 10-year GBP13bn agreement with Statoil, starting in 2015, will see 50 billion cubic meters of gas transported to the UK. The deal is a good move as it reduces UK dependence on Russian gas through European interconnectors. It is a shame, however, that Centrica is not investing more in the UK's North Sea oil and gas reserves, generating much needed tax revenue.

Published By Datamonitor
28 Nov 2011
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Autumn UK gas supply glut does not remove winter question marks

On only the second official day of winter 2006/07, traders sought to avoid punitive balancing charges by actually giving gas away in the UK. While the longer-term price outlook is currently positive for consumers, increasing confidence in UK gas supply security should not breed complacency ahead of a still uncertain winter.

Published By Datamonitor
09 Oct 2006
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Baltic energy policy mirrors wider EU trends

Polish environment minister Maciej Nowicki has announced that Warsaw will invest PLN5 billion ($1.55 billion) over the next few years to meet its renewables target as part of the European Union's strategy to combat global warming. Poland's energy situation reflects the conundrum within which much of Europe finds itself, and provides an interesting microcosm to consider wider issues.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Jun 2009
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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
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CommentWire

Central Asian gas: Russia steps up competition for resources

The EU and Russia's only common ground on energy policy is that Europe wants the gas Russia has, but that is not enough to ensure security of supply in Europe's energy-starved future. President Putin's recent tour to secure new contracts in central Asia is symptomatic of a fundamental difference of opinion between the EU and Russia on how energy markets should be organized.

Published By Datamonitor
17 May 2007
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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
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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
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China signs multiple energy supply contracts to boost security of supply

China National Petroleum Corporation has signed deals with Russian state-owned companies Rosneft and Transneft for crude oil supplies, while China National Offshore Oil Corporation has formed an LNG supply agreement with BG Group. China's recent energy supply deals show the importance it places on maintaining security of supply and other developing economies would be wise to follow this example.

Published By Datamonitor
20 May 2009

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