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Davos: the oil shock strikes back?

High demand and investors seeking refuge in commodities from uncertainty in the world's financial markets drove oil prices up to record levels in 2008, peaking at around $147. However, falling demand due to the global recession sent prices plummeting to $40 per barrel, prompting OPEC spokesmen to raise concerns at the Davos summit of a lack of investment and supply constraints in the near future.

Published By Datamonitor
12 Feb 2009
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Energy storage: evolution, not yet revolution

For some time the investment community has considered the energy storage industry as an area of great opportunity, expecting financial headlines to be awash with market players' success stories. Instead, energy storage seems to have stepped out of the limelight. Nevertheless, these nascent market technologies are quietly making progress toward commercialization across a number of industries.

Published By Datamonitor
25 Mar 2010
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Europe's gas industry need not worry over talk of OPEC-style cartel

Recent comments by the head of Russia's parliamentary gas committee calling for the formation of an OPEC-like gas producers' cartel further highlight Europe's decreasing security of supply. However, while such a move would be potentially beneficial to producers and detrimental to consumers, it remains an unlikely development given the practicalities involved.

Published By Datamonitor
05 Jun 2006
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ExxonMobil claims that global LNG demand is set to triple by 2030

ExxonMobil has claimed that there will be major growth in LNG demand over the next 20 years. Furthermore, it is expected that the Atlantic Basin will become the major consumer of LNG at the expense of the Pacific Basin. However, in order for LNG to reach the dizzy heights expected by Exxon, high costs, technological challenges and geopolitical concerns will all need to be addressed.

Published By Datamonitor
17 Apr 2008
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Gas pipelines: ensuring energy supply versus increasing market access

As discussions about the development of Europe's gas corridor continue, Bulgaria's energy minister has announced that the biggest two projects will "most probably" get derogation from the regulatory framework, which aims to improve competitor access to pipeline networks. This would be a setback for EU policy, but the union needs to face economic realities while improving energy security.

Published By Datamonitor
25 Jul 2011
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Gazprom unlikely to meet aim of 25% of global LNG market by 2030

Gazprom has revealed its aim to hold 25% of the global LNG market by 2030 following the development of a number of key sites. However, unless the state-run company provides greater strategic focus on developing domestic reserves, while also allowing for greater foreign investment and technical expertise, such a target is likely to remain elusive.

Published By Datamonitor
17 Apr 2008
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General Electric: continuing to strengthen its position in the oil and gas industry

General Electric's recent purchase of Wood Group's well support division is another strategic move to strengthen the company's competitive clout in the energy sector. The deal is the firm's fourth acquisition of recent months, signaling a major shift in its corporate strategy: the desire to reduce its dependence on its financial arm and to reinforce its position in the global industrial market.

Published By Datamonitor
16 Feb 2011
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Growing problems threaten to make the Nabucco project a pipedream

The troubled history of the EU-inspired Nabucco pipeline continued last week when the Hungarian ambassador, Mihaly Bayer, stated that Iranian gas would be critical to feed the pipeline in order to reduce dependence on Russian supplies. While such a statement may prove to be true, at this stage, the chances of the pipeline ever being built look increasingly remote.

Published By Datamonitor
09 Jun 2008
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India: domestic energy alternatives may be more feasible than joining Iran-Pakistan pipeline

With the signing of the gas pipeline agreement between Iran and Pakistan, India must now decide whether or not to pursue the proposed Iran-Pakistan-India pipeline. India has already voiced a great deal of skepticism over the viability of the proposal, and alternative sources such as domestic gas production or nuclear energy could both prove to be more reliable and cost-effective solutions.

Published By Datamonitor
09 Jun 2010
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Iranian impasse indicative of LNG exposure to rising political risk

Sonatrach has claimed that the global market for LNG will double by 2016. While this has a sharp resonance with previous predictions by the IEA, the meteoric rise of LNG is fast becoming weighed down by the same forces afflicting conventional hydrocarbon production; namely heightened levels of political risk and spiraling costs in upstream development as the latest developments in Tehran attest.

Published By Datamonitor
10 Jul 2008

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