Tagged With Electricity
Refiners set for greener future
1 October 2002
Refiners must respond to tightening environmental legislation around the world. In this interview, Michiel Boersma, president of Shell Global Solutions, Royal Dutch/Shell’s network of technology companies, claims they will prosper if they take a proactive approach to environmental and sustainability issues
Ice spreads across Europe
1 September 2002
Despite the market turmoil following the demise of Enron, Ice’s business plan continues to crystallise. Liz Bossley talks to Stephanie Trabia, CEO of the exchange’s UK subsidiary, about the firm’s expansion plans
Gas closes in on coal
1 September 2002
Already substantial, natural gas’ share of primary energy consumption and electricity generation is rising fast. Although nuclear power could remain a significant force in some countries, gas will account for over half of the expected increase in energy for electricity generation over the next two decades, eroding the dominance of coal. Derek Bamber looks at the rise of gas as a generating fuel
Oil market upheavals ahead
1 August 2002
The drastic impact on Italy’s oil products market of the country’s escalating gas consumption – forecast to rise by a third by 2015 – is examined in a new study. Findings include the large fuel oil market shrinking to less than a third of its present size by 2015, with the gasoil market growing and then declining to less than its present size and total oil products demand declining by 15%. If fulfilled, the forecast will place seemingly impossible demands on Italy’s refiners, Martin Quinlan writes
Expanding gas market
1 August 2002
The green challenge
1 August 2002
If the 20th century was the carbon age, there is an argument the 21st century will be the renewables era. For advocates of “green” energy sources, the millennium has started with unprecedented optimism and, in wind power, industrial growth on a scale never before witnessed, writes Dan Rigden
Majors accept green fate
1 August 2002
Oil companies take renewable energy and alternative fuels seriously. The involvement of the biggest players varies enormously, but all are, at the very least, keeping a “watching brief” on the subject and most are committed to significant research into hydrogen technology and fuel cells, writes Dan Rigden
The cutting edge
1 August 2002
Schlumberger’s acquisition of Sema signalled, in no uncertain terms, a commitment to IT and enables the company to accelerate its drive towards real-time oil and gas reservoir management. Euan Baird, chairman and CEO, discusses the company’s strategy. Tom Nicholls reports
Uncertain times
1 June 2002
The path to world power market liberalisation has not been paved with gold. The dream of a single EU energy market is proving difficult to realise and the Enron shock is having widespread implications in the US and around the world. However, as a recent conference heard, the outlook for the sector is not all bleak. David Townsend reports
Pricing malaise strikes
1 May 2002
Independent power projects (IPPs) in east and southeast Asia have lost their allure. What started as a good idea for boosting electricity production and attracting private, mainly foreign, investors into cash-strapped, inefficient power utilities has mostly gone sour, writes Derek Bamber
Import surge could threaten high-cost fields
1 May 2002
The flow of gas into Europe could increase by more than twice the present production of Norway or the Netherlands, over the next four years. Although Europe’s demand has been expanding strongly, the arrival of so much additional gas threatens to de-stabilise the market – and it could undermine investments now going ahead in remote high-cost fields, Martin Quinlan writes
The foreign operator
1 May 2002
BG has been establishing a presence in the Indian gas chain for over 10 years. It is now broadening its operations to encompass upstream as well as downstream, through its recent acquisition of Enron’s assets in the country and other projects. David Townsend spoke to BG’s local manager
Extreme ambitions
1 May 2002
Turkey’s gas ambitions appear boundless. But if consumption forecasts are not fulfilled, the state’s gas company could find itself the weakest seller in the Mediterranean market, Martin Quinlan writes
Iraq to the fore
1 April 2002
Tough times ahead
1 April 2002
If roller coaster rides make your head spin and your stomach churn, the constant twists and turns of the US power generation industry will certainly make you queasy. But the ups and downs in the business have become a way of life for industry players, writes Anne Feltus
Hard choices
1 March 2002
Faites vos jeux
1 March 2002
In case we had forgotten that there are lies, damned lies and statistics, Enron has just proved it all over again. But even when numbers are reported to us clearly and accurately they still have the capability to mislead. Liz Bossley looks at the power and pitfalls of energy statistics