FRANKFURT, Dec 12 (Reuters) – The need for power grid
expansion will be a boon for infrastructure companies in the
coming years, according to fund managers at BlackRock, the
world’s biggest money manager.
“We are very bullish on energy infrastructure,” Alastair
Bishop told Reuters. “The need for investments in the area of
energy infrastructure will be one of the clearest themes in the
next three years and beyond.”
FRANKFURT/ISTANBUL (Reuters) – German utility E.ON (EONGn.DE: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) aims to more than double Enerjisa’s share of Turkey’s power generation capacity, expanding its presence in one of the world’s fastest-growing energy markets.
Germany’s biggest utility said on Tuesday that Enerjisa, in which it acquired a 50 percent stake on Monday, wanted at least 10 percent of the market by 2020, up from 4 percent now.
FRANKFURT, Dec 3 (Reuters) – RWE AG could face
further headwinds in the planned sale of its Czech gas network
should it choose to exit the Nabucco pipeline project.
Germany’s second-biggest utility may quit Nabucco – designed
to transport Caspian gas into Austria – a source told Reuters on
Sunday, raising fears the project may be stopped after already
having been scaled back earlier this year.
FRANKFURT, Nov 22 (Reuters) – Germany’s exit from nuclear
power is weighing on its largest energy group E.ON as
it struggles in the economic downturn, and some shareholders say
a merger could solve the company’s problems.
E.ON’s shares recorded their biggest ever intraday drop last
week after it warned a weakening European economy was depressing
power demand and would hit 2013 profits.
FRANKFURT/MUNICH, Nov 20 (Reuters) – Desertec, which aims to
bring power to Europe from huge solar and wind projects in
Africa and the Middle East, should set up pilot schemes globally
to prove the plan’s feasibility faster, one of its shareholders
“Ideally, we would like to see 5-10 Desertec pilot projects
worldwide,” Thiemo Gropp, director of the Desertec Foundation,
one of the shareholders of the Desertec Industrial Initiative
(DII), told Reuters on Tuesday.
FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Germany’s No.2 utility RWE (RWEG.DE: Quote, Profile, Research) gave a more optimistic outlook for 2012 earnings after halving losses at its energy trading unit by renegotiating gas price contracts.
Gas contracts have been a major problem for European utilities which agreed long-term deals with companies such as Gazprom (GAZP.MM: Quote, Profile, Research) and Statoil (STL.OL: Quote, Profile, Research) when prices were high, having to sell to retail customers at lower tariffs.
FRANKFURT, Nov 14 (Reuters) – Germany’s No.2 utility RWE
raised its outlook for 2012 core earnings, helped by
cost cuts, disposals and an improved performance at its energy
RWE said on Wednesday its capital expenditure was down by 1
billion euros ($1.27 billion) in the first nine months of 2012,
while the recent sale of assets, including its stake in British
nuclear joint venture Horizon, has gained momentum.
FRANKFURT, Nov 13 (Reuters) – Germany’s No.1 utility E.ON
warned of weakening power demand in Europe and
signalled it may have to close plants and step up saving efforts
after cutting its outlook for next year.
“In most European markets, the gross margin for gas-fired
units is approaching zero or is indeed already negative. One
factor is that the demand for electricity remains very low,”
Chief Executive Johannes Teyssen said on Tuesday after the
company published financial results.
FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Germany’s largest utility, E.ON AG (EONGn.DE: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), warned it was reviewing its earnings outlook for 2013, citing weak economic conditions that have hurt the energy industry.
“Considering the substantial economic risks and the structural changes of the industry sector (the outlook) no longer seems to be achievable,” E.ON said late on Monday in an unscheduled statement after market closing.
FRANKFURT, Nov 12 (Reuters) – Germany’s largest utility,
E.ON AG, warned it was reviewing its earnings outlook
for 2013, citing weak economic conditions that have hurt the
“Considering the substantial economic risks and the
structural changes of the industry sector (the outlook) no
longer seems to be achievable,” E.ON said late on Monday in an
unscheduled statement after market closing.