Economic Impact on Europe of the Nord Stream 2 project

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Energy & Utilities October 2017

Economic Impact on Europe of the Nord Stream 2 project

Analysis of effects on job creation and GDP

The objective of the ADL study, commissioned by Nord Stream 2, is to understand the direct, indirect and induced effects of Nord Stream 2, a major natural gas infrastructure project that aims to build a pipeline system with 55 bcm per year of transport capacity, on the European economy, and on countries where actual investments in the pipeline have been or are being made. [...]

In praise of perpetuity

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Energy & Utilities October 2017

In praise of perpetuity

National oil companies manifesto

Perpetuity is every national oil company’s mission. Their articles of incorporation proclaim that they must toil for future generations. While international operators can wander from one country to the next according to the circumstances and various regulatory frameworks of producing countries, national oil companies cannot be so versatile. [...]

Energy hand in hand with telco

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Energy & Utilities, TIME August 2017

Energy hand in hand with telco

Is a wave of merging electric utility and telco assets imminent?

Liberalization of telco and energy sectors incentivized traditional telco and energy companies to look for new revenue sources beyond their traditional business scope. Telco companies have started to sell energy, gas and heat while energy companies often offer telco services. [...]

Utilities’ contribution to national fiber development

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Energy & Utilities August 2017

Utilities’ contribution to national fiber development

How utilities and telecom operators can cooperate to accelerate fiber deployment

As the race for building fiber infrastructure accelerates globally, utilities (especially electrical utilities) are increasingly seen as new credible players. In the most onvincing cases, utilities step in and play a complementary role in national fiber development. [...]

Output-based regulation

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Energy & Utilities August 2017

Output-based regulation

Fields of innovation for energy-grid operators?

The regulatory environment in Europe is pushing network utilities to face new challenges that will heavily impact their operations. Regulators all over Europe are watching the tariff mechanism introduced in Great Britain, named RIIO, which is based on incentives, with interest. Many have plans to introduce similar output-based methodologies already under way. [...]

Petroleum refiners and shippers struggle  over marine fuel

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Energy & Utilities May 2017

Petroleum refiners and shippers struggle over marine fuel

Tighter marine pollution regulations force marine-fuel value-chain players to rethink industrial and business models in order to maintain their competitive positions after 2020

The marine-fuel sector is facing lower-sulfur-content specifications, with the major change taking place in January 2020. Both petroleum refiners and ship owners could contribute to close the supply-demand gap, but all players' contributions will depend on each other's, in both impact and timing. [...]

America First: carbon emissions go last?

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Energy & Utilities March 2017

America First: carbon emissions go last?

Potential impact of President Trump’s “America First Energy Plan” on the power sector

The Trump administration's approach to the traditional energy trilemma (the challenge of balancing the goals of cheap, secure and clean energy) appears set to skew heavily towards the low cost and secure aspects of energy supply at the expense of any focus on carbon emissions. [...]

A perspective on the Iranian  upstream oil & gas industry

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Energy & Utilities March 2017

A perspective on the Iranian upstream oil & gas industry

Can Iran achieve its full potential?

The global oil & gas market has begun to rebalance in the first half of 2017, following a period of suppressed prices that has stalled the US shale revolution and prompted OPEC intervention, with an agreement to take 1.2 mmbbl/d off the market. Despite this rebalancing, it is likely that the market will remain uncertain in the short to medium term. [...]

Unconventional hydrocarbons in  Latin America

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Energy & Utilities March 2017

Unconventional hydrocarbons in Latin America

From dreams to reality

Production of unconventional hydrocarbons became globally prominent in 2010, when the US, forthe first time, reached a daily output of 1 million barrels of tight oil. In Latin America, where high unconventional hydrocarbon potential has been widely recognized, Governments noticed the need to attract experienced international operators, qualified suppliers and risk-prone investors to develop such resources. [...]

Italian gas distribution tenders

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Energy & Utilities February 2017

Italian gas distribution tenders

An opportunity for utilities companies and infrastructure funds

The Italian gas distribution sector is expected to face a new tender season in the short to medium term. All the concessions in the country have been bundled together in order to create ATEMs, concessions larger than the average DSO size. [...]

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