Energy Risk - 2007-04-01

Better prospects

Russia offers better prospects for industry to develop and far more investment opportunities than is widely recognised, writes Pavel Ulianov of Russian metal giant Rusal

Changing the game

Steven Wardlaw and Byron Romain of Baker Botts discuss the new role for foreign investment in the Russian Federation's hydrocarbon industry

Navigating risk

The growth of the LNG spot market means more voyages, but with this comes a likely increase in the number of problems and delays to voyages. Clare Calnan, partner at shipping law firm Curtis Davis Garrard, discusses the extent to which shipowners may be…

Engineering change

A new risk management culture is evolving in the Asian clean development mechanism market, which should lower CDM project risk while expanding financing options, finds Catherine Lacoursière

Purchase timing

Managing purchase timing risk is a constant issue for wholesale power buyers. Pavel Diko reviews products that reduce this risk, proposes a lookback option that can eliminate it completely and outlines a hedging strategy for the option writer

Has mean reversion had its day?

Some experts are questioning whether mean-reversion models – once the standard way of explaining energy price movements after simple one-factor Brownian motion modelling fell from favour – are still suited to the petroleum and gas markets. Dario Ghazi…

Finding the way forward

US wholesale power markets are currently the subject of much concern. As Ferc begins a review to improve competition, Edison Electric Institute's Richard McMahon suggests some key ways to move forward

Impact of ethanol

Increased demand for ethanol in the US has led to predictions that biofuels will have a 30% share of global energy demand by 2030, writes Eric Fishhaut

Troubled waters

Nord Stream, the planned gas pipeline that will link the super giant Russian gas fields of Siberia directly with Europe, looks set to offer an important solution to the EU's energy security concerns. But even before under-sea construction has begun, the…

Michael Bertuccio

Roderick Bruce discovers what has helped BP's MICHAEL BERTUCCIO achieve his success on both the physical and financial sides of the energy business

Charging at commodities

Canada may rank as the world's third largest hydrocarbon producer, yet its energy derivatives market has been, up to now, somewhat constrained. David Watkins reports

The hidden costs of climate change

The business risks posed to energy companies by climate change go well beyond compliance with emissions reduction schemes. Most companies that have taken climate risks into account have only considered half the picture, says John Firth

The missing link

With several countries now developing emissions trading schemes, UN-supervised project-based emissions credits could become the linking instrument that creates a global price signal for greenhouse gas abatement. But greater standardisation in the market…

Power struggle

After years of negotiations, market players believe that a tipping point in the liberalisation of European power markets could be near. But who will be in the driving seat, asks Oliver Holtaway

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