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Centrica is feeling the heat

Centrica's recent Annual General Meeting has highlighted two key issues potentially acting to the detriment of the company. With customer losses continuing, and an admission that it is unlikely to be able to freeze 2005 retail prices as planned, Centrica's moves to mitigate its exposure to the wholesale market look both expedient and necessary. Datamonitor's Andrew Hill explains...

Published By Datamonitor
12 May 2005
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Centrica ups its upstream

Centrica's recent acquisition of stakes in four North Sea gas fields is very much in line with its strategy of reducing wholesale market exposure. The significant exposure mitigation resulting from the deal will be a key facet of the company's attempt to win back some of the 1.4 million customers lost since early 2004 and highlights the need for other utilities to do likewise.

Published By Datamonitor
15 Aug 2005
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Gas Natural and Repsol's renewed LNG focus is an astute battle plan

The newly-formed LNG joint venture between Spain's Gas Natural and Repsol is an assiduous development for both companies, as well as for the Spanish gas market as a whole. The two companies will benefit from furthering their international aims, while Spain will benefit from a greater diversity of LNG supply.

Published By Datamonitor
06 Sep 2005
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Gazprom: diversification backlash gathers pace

Since Gazprom acted on its threats of cutting off Ukraine's gas supply, other European countries are wary of future where gas supplies are dominated by the Russian gas monolith. This reality check served out by Gazprom has stimulated power diversification plans right across the continent.

Published By Datamonitor
17 Jan 2006
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E.ON/Centrica: both players court LNG, but for very different reasons

E.ON may construct an LNG terminal in Croatia to improve access to its significant interests in the expanding eastern European market. By contrast, Centrica is attempting to secure long-term LNG supplies from Marathon. While Centrica seeks to reduce its exposure to soaring wholesale prices, E.ON is looking to cash in on an increasingly profitable region.

Published By Datamonitor
27 Feb 2006
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Gazprom: Wingas swap is pragmatic route downstream

The Russian gas giant Gazprom has traded some of its upstream assets for a greater share in Wingas, the German gas retailer and distributor. This corporatist approach may be the only way the company can gain access to certain European markets in the short term.

Published By Datamonitor
08 May 2006
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BHP Billiton's asset sale highlights need for utilities to acquire equity gas

The news that BHP is close to concluding an asset disposal deal in the North Sea highlights the varying motivations of different players in acquiring wholesale gas. With wholesale price pressures showing few signs of mitigating in the short term, utilities should give serious consideration to acquiring assets of this type in order to better manage their retail price pressures.

Published By Datamonitor
14 Aug 2006
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CommentWire

BG Group: planned acquisition of Origin Energy has potential problems

UK natural gas producer BG Group has signaled its interest in Australia's Origin Energy through a A$12.9 billion (GBP6.2 billion) takeover offer. However, Origin's asset mix differs significantly from that of BG Group and selling on Origin's core activities following the acquisition in order to align their respective operations could prove to be a headache for the UK energy giant.

Published By Datamonitor
08 May 2008
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Gazprom predicts oil prices of $250 per barrel as the market soars

Following the IEA's warning that record oil prices were needed to balance demand with supply, Gazprom has predicted prices of up to $250 per barrel in 2009, but this is more likely due to a weakening dollar than rampant demand. While prices have been rising steadily as a result of supply constraints, there is no sign of a drop off in demand, suggesting that further increases are inevitable.

Published By Datamonitor
17 Jun 2008
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Nabucco: still just a pipedream?

Nabucco faces many difficulties, most significantly soaring construction costs and sourcing the gas. However, the EU ETS has the potential to make the project economically viable. Furthermore, Turkmenistan is showing signs of commitment to supply the pipeline, and although improved Western-Iranian relations are not on the horizon, Iran should be considered a viable supply solution in the long run.

Published By Datamonitor
08 Oct 2008

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