Energy Risk - Volume2/No09

A growing concern

Despite high natural gas prices, Canadian fertiliser maker Agrium has been posting strong profits, while some rivals have struggled. The company’s risk-management strategy has been a significant factor in its success. By Joe Marsh

Francois-Xavier Saint Macary

It can’t be easy hauling a whole commodities division overseas, but SG CIB veteran Francois-Xavier Saint Macary has big ambitions. By Oliver Holtaway

Risk-adjusted planning

An energy firm’s economic performance can be highly affected by incorrect valuation of implied economic risk. For this reason it is essential to provide management with the correct risk assessment tools. Here we propose a way of introducing risk…

Banking on tankers

Logical Information Machines’ Sandy Fielden provides an analyst’s perspective of new opportunities for freight risk management with a specific focus on the crude (dirty) tanker trade from the Caribbean to the US Gulf

A good time to build

US utilities may need to spend more than $100 billion in the next 25 years on new power plants and transmission capacity. Richard McMahon looks at how utilities are assessing long-term risks and attracting potential investors


"With oil prices at record highs, energy is set to remain key in strategic decision making"

Keep it simple, stupid

Do you prefer sophistication or simplicity? Neil Palmer takes a look at optimisation methods in energy modelling and asks if energy quants aren’t sometimes being a little too heavy-handed

Storage strategies

Companies are increasingly realising they can use natural gas storage to add value to their bottom line. TransCanada’s Farzan Nathoo weighs up the strategies available for optimising value through storage

Emissions education

As the European carbon market continues to grow, so too do some unique challenges: not least the gap between retail and wholesale players and the problem of counterparty credit risk. Oliver Holtaway reports

The best of all worlds

Thanks to their varying scale, structure and diversity, European organisations often have very different solutions to risk management. But which system is the most effective? In an exclusive to Energy Risk, the European Energy Risk Forum offers a route…

Struggling for growth

All three Canadian energy exchanges – NGX, Watt-Ex and NetThruPut – are finding it slow-going with their expansion plans. Meanwhile the rivalry between NGX and Watt-Ex is growing. Joe Marsh reports

A calculated gamble

After a promising start, Canadian carbon trading has slowed. The country has much work to do if it wants to get a domestic greenhouse-gas trading market running ahead of the 2008 Kyoto deadline. By Catherine Lacoursiere

Training the tiger

Derivatives are finally beginning to gain wider acceptance in Taiwan, but senior executives remain wary, associating them with the collapse of Barings and, more recently, China Aviation Oil’s huge trading losses, finds David Hayes

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