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Western oil majors are feeling the pinch from national companies

As recent figures indicate, major Western oil companies such as Royal Dutch Shell, BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, and TOTAL are increasingly losing ground to a new breed of competitors. With many of the most lucrative hydrocarbon reserves situated in emerging nations and jealously guarded by national oil and gas companies, could this signal the end for Western domination of the oil industry?

Published By Datamonitor
31 Jan 2011
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK wholesale gas: high prices here to stay

The record high levels in UK wholesale gas prices seen in recent weeks have encouraged a large number of end users to delay signing contracts for the new gas year. However, a combination of market fundamentals and trader sentiment means that prices are likely to remain high over the longer term.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Oct 2004
Expert View
Expert View

Shale gas hailed as a game changer, yet doubts remain over its long-term viability

The US is experiencing an energy revolution driven by shale gas, which could potentially be a game changer for world energy markets. Yet, due to concerns surrounding the environmental impact of hydraulic fracturing, the ease with which this process could be replicated elsewhere, and less than promising well decline rates, this unconventional energy source might not be all it's cracked up to be.

Published By Datamonitor
09 Nov 2009
CommentWire
CommentWire

Oil market volatility requires an innovative response from industry players

As oil and gas activity slowed down and oil prices remained volatile, many equipment manufacturers and engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) companies were hurt in 2009. The lessons learnt last year are likely to show that different strategies and business approaches are needed to sustain growth and profitability in 2010.

Published By Datamonitor
26 Mar 2010
CommentWire
CommentWire

Ofgem: looking to provide a long-term solution to UK energy needs

UK energy regulator Ofgem may be awarded new regulatory powers in an attempt to tackle the UK's long-term energy supply needs and growing concerns of underinvestment from private companies. The proposals suggest that greater intervention will impact on other key strategic goals, such as the decision to invest in nuclear power and the LNG market.

Published By Datamonitor
13 Jul 2007
Expert View
Expert View

Ofgem's RIIO: the decarbonization of Britain's energy networks at GBP6 per household per year

After two years of consultation, Ofgem has finalized its new network regulation model. RIIO will replace RPI-X, which for 20 years has served Britain well in keeping network charges low and encouraging investment. However, as the government tries to reduce carbon emissions and increase renewable energy capacity, Britain's existing grid infrastructure is in need of a significant overhaul.

Published By Datamonitor
06 Oct 2010
CommentWire
CommentWire

National Grid Transco: a postcode lottery?

UK regional gas distribution price increases may come into force in October. Eight regional charges will replace a flat gas distribution charge, and retail tariffs could rise by 1.1% nationally. The implications for incumbent gas supplier Centrica are crucial: it may introduce regional retail tariffs to compensate, something Ofgem needs to appreciate at the outset.

Published By Datamonitor
12 May 2005
Expert View
Expert View

Indian rig industry set to benefit from increased E&P activity

Exploration and production activity in India has increased significantly in the last decade, with foreign players entering the market prompted by the government's New Exploration and Licensing Policy regime. While this has provided opportunities for exploration and production players and the rig industry alike, domestic rig firms must update business models to compete with international rivals.

Published By Datamonitor
18 Aug 2009
CommentWire
CommentWire

Indian power market: high demand represents opportunity for private players

Fuel-efficient and clean technologies have made the Indian power-generation sector attractive not only to large independent power producers, but also to original equipment manufacturers and exploration and production companies. Industrial and commercial growth will continue to boost the overall peak demand, creating an opportunity for power producers.

Published By Datamonitor
01 Jun 2010
CommentWire
CommentWire

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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