Energy Risk - 2007-02-01

Projecting risk

Oil and gas projects have high investment stakes, so weighing up the risks and viability of a project against an existing portfolio is essential. Dan Patterson looks at some techniques

Compliance solutions

Compliance with regulations such as Sarbanes-Oxley and Mifid is putting an increasing burden on energy-trading firms. Roderick Bruce looks at ways of overcoming the latest regulatory hurdles

UBS takes top metals spot

UBS has won top spot in this year's metals poll, pushing last year's winner, Barclays Capital, into second place. Goldman Sachs finishes in third position and HSBC in fourth, in a year characterised by volatile metal prices. By Mark Pengelly, with…

Calling for clarity

As a US federal carbon trading scheme begins to look increasingly likely, the current lack of a definitive regulatory framework is frustrating the forward planning of utilities and power suppliers, finds David Watkins

Deregulation backtrack

Montana's new Public Service Commissioner Ken Toole has long been against the deregulation of electricity markets and is now pushing for re-regulation in the state. He talks with David Watkins

Gas portfolio and transport optimisation

Deciding which instruments to use to balance gas flows is not easy. Gido Brouns and Alexander Boogert discuss how to achieve gas portfolio optimisation by integrating this with the various gas transportation options available

Beyond compliance

Operational risk for the energy sector covers everything from production to transportation. Companies are now seeking sophisticated solutions to integrate op risk into wider risk-management programmes, as Oliver Holtaway reports

Leading the pack

Increased investment in the steadily growing commodity derivatives markets is paying off for many new entrants, but the old guard continues to maintain the biggest piece of the pie. Oliver Holtaway reports

Phase II takes shape

Despite the EC's tough stance on Phase II national allocation plans, carbon prices are drifting downwards. The potential for legal wrangling and uncertainty over the importing of project-based credits could be to blame, reports Henrik Hasselknippe

Full spectrum

In January, Duke Energy spun off its natural gas business into a stand-alone company – Spectra Energy. David Watkins talks with Martha Wyrsch, Spectra president and chief executive, about the benefits of a pure-play firm versus an energy superstore


Catherine Flax, global head of commodities marketing at JP Morgan talks to David Watkins about what makes the energy sector so unique

Foot on the gas

Gazprom Marketing and Trading entered the UK in 1999 with ambitious plans. Today it has a presence in six European countries and trades power, oil, coal and liquefied natural gas. Roderick Bruce meets head of trading Keith Martin and business development…

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