Give to get - a winning way in LNG

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Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. We all know the quote from Einstein. But that's what happens in LNG all the time. Here is an alternative proposal.

The China LNG story - more toxic than the US story was

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The US seems to be on the verge of becoming an LNG exporter. This, combined with new volumes from Australia, show the prospect of Asia being drowned in LNG. But there is a shiny white knight on the horizon. China with its ever-growing industries, with its endlessly expanding consumer markets, with its insatiable thirst for energy promises to become the new LNG El Dorado.

Business Development in Natural Gas - get the Frontschwein out

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Business Developers have to become a Frontschwein in order to face the challenges of the European Natural Gas business. That's no easy feat for companies that are still pretty monopolistic - and stiff - in spirit.

Behold the future and marvel

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The future of energy will not be the linear continuation of the past. It will be a wild, twisted and contorted process and man, will it be exciting. The world will look very different from now 20 years down the road.

LNG in the Black Sea - a pipedream?

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The Ukraine has a LNG problem. It’s a major blunder and it looks like LNG in the region is doomed. As strange as it sounds, there might be a bright future for LNG in the Black Sea still.

European energy utilities are traders now - an oxymoron

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Ten years ago, the European Union embarked on its own journey to Oz by reforming its energy markets. It successively broke the chains of hundreds of millions energy customers from monopoly utilities dictatorship and changed the very nature of the energy business. Suddenly, everyone wanted to be a trader.

The power of pain - LNG newbies in trouble

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New LNG capacity owners find themselves in excruciating economic pain. They have only themselves to blame but this crazy situation might hold the seeds for them, to become the superstars of the gas age. Or else they die.

Are your contacts worth anything in LNG business development?

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Those well-connected are supposed to be the magic cure to a rotten LNG portfolio. They are not so important, after all.

Frankenstein disease in LNG contracts

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LNG agreements pieced together from dead contractual bodies are dangerous. Still many see them as their only source of inspiration. They can do better.

Gas price formulas and the Big Mac Index

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Oil price links are finally coming to an end in Europe. In fact, they have eked an existence as Zombies of the energy world as the fundamental mechanism destroying them was not American shale but free markets.

LNG supply for Asia – fighting the Hydra

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New Asian LNG buyers (outside the JKT and China) have a problem. They are perceived to be in the “I will pay any price for LNG” club by sellers. Many of them face vastly different situations from each other in their home markets. Not an enviable position but one that can be dealt with.

“Sandy” and the power of distributed power generation

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Superstorm Sandy has blackened out large parts of the American…

OMV's Roiss speaks out for shale

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OMV’s Gerhard Roiss makes the case for shale gas in Europe.…

LNG cost blowout - Black Mamba bites

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Sky-high CAPEX plus cost overruns and a fundamental shift in…

LNG sellers will become more like widget makers

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High fuel prices have caused the shale gas boom and there is…