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Daily Telegraph: Database: ENERGY: Saturday 17 February 2007

• Centrica, which owns and operates Rough, the UK’s largest natural-gas storage site, said the store contains more gas than it did a year ago because a warmer-than-average winter has reduced the need for stored fuel.

• British Gas, the residential unit of Centrica, cut gas and power rates for customers who pay online one day after Powergen, its biggest rival, announced lower charges.

• Sulzer AG, the world’s second-biggest pump maker, may agree to buy a unit of competitor Weir Group for £48m to broaden its range of pumps for the oil and gas industry.

• Protesters opposed to Royal Dutch Shell ‘s planned natural-gas pipeline in western Ireland broke into the project’s refinery during a protest march, according to a campaign group spokesman.

• Melrose Resources, a UK-based oil and natural gas explorer, expects to begin production at the West Dikirnis field in Egypt by the end of the third quarter after starting up the West Khalda field this month.

• Rolls-Royce Group and Saipem SpA, Europe’s biggest oilfield-services company by market value, won contracts from Medgaz to build the offshore section of an Algeria-to-Spain gas pipeline.

• Siemens AG, Europe’s biggest engineering company, won a £100m order to replace the turbines at the UK’s Drax power station, the country’s biggest.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/money/main.jhtml?xml=/money/2007/02/17/cxbloom17.xml

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