Power generation
Drax back from the dead
29 November 2005
THEY WERE calling it Draxula, the monster power station of the north sucking the life out of the nation's energy industry – a shocking horror story that many feared would leave the country powerless, writes Robert Lea.
The truth is out
29 November 2005
Among the darker secrets being unearthed in Lebanon is the touchy subject of debt-ridden Electricité du Liban. Ayesha Daya writes
Let there be light
1 November 2005
The European Electricity Directive, like the Gas Directive of 1998, was updated in 2003 because of 'significant shortcomings and possibilities for improving the functioning of the market'. Two years on, Liz Bossley, Richard Cockburn and Rob Kelvey consider the lack of progress towards a fully liberalised European market
Markets on the move
1 October 2005
Strong economic growth across Asia and the emergence of the US as a thermal coal importer have lifted coal prices to record highs over the past year, although things are now starting to ease, writes Martin Clark
Russian infrastructure in need of investment
1 October 2005
An accident, in May, at the Chagino power station, near Moscow, drew attention to the dilapidated state of much of Russia's electricity-generating infrastructure and to the chaos that even temporary breakdowns can cause. A sweeping reorganisation of the highly regulated sector, intended to stimulate badly needed investment, is under way, writes Isabel Gorst
Slow progress
1 October 2005
The European Gas Directive of 1998 was updated in 2003 because of "significant shortcomings and possibilities for improving the functioning of the market". Two years on, Liz Bossley and Gavin Templeton consider whether the dream of the free and competitive movement of gas within the EU is a reality
Back from the dead
1 October 2005
Rising oil and gas prices have led to one of the greatest comebacks in UK corporate history – from the verge of bankruptcy, British Energy's share price has almost doubled this year. But some analysts say the renaissance of the UK's nuclear generator is not sustainable writes Robert Lea
Centrica eyes Europe
1 September 2005
The UK's Centrica wants a bigger slice of the European gas market and it wants Brussels to level the playing field once and for all. Robert Lea writes
RWE: steady as she goes
1 September 2005
Once upon a time, economists praised the German economy for its long-term stability and steady growth. If that reputation has taken a knock in recent years, the country's two biggest utilities, E.On and RWE, have not noticed. Analysts and investors alike continue to hold both in high regard, writes Derek Brower
EdF set to face investors
29 July 2005
The government plans to sell part of EdF in October. But shaky finances, unruly unions and a disgruntled public promises to make the privatisation a hard sell, says NJ Watson
GdF faces a new order
29 July 2005
Gaz de France must adapt to life as a publicly quoted company, cope with competition in the domestic gas market, take on Electricité de France in the French power sector and expand internationally. The next two years will prove a critical period in the company's history, writes Ayesha Daya
Unification approaches
1 December 2004
Betta, scheduled for completion by April 2005, will integrate the Scottish, English and Welsh electricity markets. Richard Cockburn and Liz Bossley of CEAG consider the implications
Power crisis
1 December 2004
China's appetite for all types of energy continues to rise and electricity is no exception. The country's generating capacity has surged by 100 gigawatts (GW) to over 400 GW in just four years, but producers are still unable to keep pace with the even greater rise in demand. Cris Heaton reports
Iraq electricity: the untold story
4 November 2004
In this first of two analyses of the state of electricity production in Iraq, Power Economics assesses the impact of the war on an industry that must play an essential role in the country’s reconstruction.
Cooperation in the Gulf
4 November 2004
While the Gulf oil industry is a vital cog in international relations, rather less attention is given to the region’s evolving power sector.
Vietnam II: reform on the hoof
4 November 2004
Power Economics concludes this two-part analysis of Vietnam, where communism and commerce converge