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Vienna International Energy Industry News

New Budget, New Taxes

The budget includes a new austerity package, which consists essentially of taxes on mineral oil, tobacco and banks.

October 25, 2010

OMV: Complete Takeover of Petrol Ofisi Fixed

The deal is finished. Turkey will be the third main market for the OMV group.

October 22, 2010

Major Project for Siemens Austria in Georgia

Siemens Austria is involved in a project to develop the electricity industry in Georgia. The infrastructure project will act as a bridge between Russia and Turkey.

October 22, 2010

OMV Deal: Many Questions Without Answer

Not only the extent of the takeover is unknown, but also how it will be financed.

October 22, 2010

A-Tec - Creditors are Demanding more Money

Against the minimum quota of 30 per cent offered by Mirko Kovats 30 resistance is forming. A-Tec announced that the negotiations of the daughter AE & E are well underway on renewal of the credit facility.

October 22, 2010

Increase in Mineral Oil Tax likely

Economy Minister Mitterlehner speaks of a possible moderate increase.

October 21, 2010

EnBW Remains Shareholder at EVN

EnBW decides not to continue the planned secondary offering of shares in EVN AG

October 20, 2010

OMV Plans Complete Takeover of Petrol Ofisi

OMV and Doğan Holding are in detailed negotiations regarding an acquisition of Dogan Holding’s stake in Petrol Ofisi by OMV

October 20, 2010

Verbund Group: Capital Increase has Been Determined

The capital increase for the biggest domestic electricity generator will allow large investments in energy infrastructure and thereby accelerate new power generation projects.

October 20, 2010

Bond Refinancing Collapsed: A-Tec Starts Insolvency Proceedings

After several problems with the refinancing of its corporate bond, A-Tec decides to start a restructuring.

October 20, 2010

A-Tec Wins Major Contract for Project in England

A project in Australia is currently bringing A-Tec financial problems. A new project, however, offers prospects of success.

October 19, 2010

Low-Cost Gas Stations on Unused ÖBB Property

The Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB) have signed a framework contract with Markus Friesacher for up to 35 low-cost gas stations on dormant property.

October 19, 2010

Verbund´s Subsidiary Sorgenia Achieved Higher Profits

Net income climbed during the first three quarters to 57.6 million euros

October 19, 2010

EVN's Subsidiary RAG Increased Gas Capacities

New capacities are created, gas and oil exploration in Poland and Hungary to be intensified

October 17, 2010

Mineral Oil Tax: A Cash Cow for the Finance Minister

State revenues for the mineral oil tax have risen steadily since 2000. At that time, motorists paid 2.726 billion euro; this year it will be 3.9 billion euro.

October 15, 2010

ADEG Opens First Petrol Station

ADEG, a wholly-owned subsidiary of REWE AG, now expands its business by starting to provide the Styrian petrol stations.

October 14, 2010

Coface CEE Top 500 - Poland Largest Number of Companies in CEE

Poland has the largest number of companies in the Central and Eastern Europe Top 500 with 28.4%. Hungary ranks second with 16.6%, overtaking the Czech Republic, which is home for 13.8% of the CEE Top 500.

October 12, 2010

Postponed: Decision on Nabucco Not Before 2011

Because the talks with the main supplying country Azerbaijan are proceeding with exceeding slowness, the decision about the construction of the pipeline will not be possible this year.

October 8, 2010

Schoeller-Bleckmann Acquired Dubai Based Special Tools Provider

Schoeller-Bleckmann Oilfield Equipment AG (SBO), listed on the ATX market of the Vienna Stock Exchange, has successfully completed acquisition of Drilling Systems International Ltd. (DSI).

October 5, 2010

EVN resolves on capital increase – transaction together with EnBW

With the Supervisory Board’s approval, the Managing Board of EVN AG has resolved on a capital increase from authorized capital through the issuance of up to 16,352,582 new ordinary no-par value bearer shares.

October 5, 2010

OMV: Gas Reservoir Found in Southern Tunisia

OMV has been successful again in southern Tunisia. "The two additional findings are of economic and strategic importance and round off the success of the present OMV-drilling campaign, with a total of nine strikes in a row."

October 4, 2010

Baur: Sales Growth and Eastward Look.

Baur Prüf- und Messtechnik reported a moderate growth in sales during the crisis year. Now the company wants to continue growing abroad.

October 1, 2010

Energieallianz Austria Creates Subsidiary in Germany

Renewable energies are a rising trend. This has been recognized by the domestic Energieallianz Austria(EAA), a subsidiary of the energy provider for Vienna, Lower Austria and Burgenland.

September 30, 2010

Vienna now has its own Expat Center

In Vienna, the first Expat Center in Austria was opened. The project was handled by the Vienna Business Agency (former WWFF).

September 30, 2010

Insolvencies: Declining Trend for Both Companies and Individuals

KSV expects 10% less insolvencies for 2010, but warns about the consequences of fiscal budget adjustment.

September 28, 2010

Meinl Bank Pays 6 Million Euro: Airport Intl. and Power Intl. Reach a Partial Agreement

Meinl Bank and International Power pull back all the claims against each other, except those in the arbitration court.

September 27, 2010

A-Tec has Good Prospects on Shipping Company in Rijeka

The Croatian Competition Agency (ATZN) gives the Austrian A-Tec group under Mirko Kovats good chances in the bid for the privatization of the shipyard "3 Maj" in Rijeka.

September 24, 2010

Austria Continues Being the Largest Investor in Romania

"Romania is an important market in Eastern Europe for the Austrian economy. Its great importance for us is proved by the fact that Austria is by far the largest investor in Romania"

September 23, 2010

Mitterlehner Meets Hendry: Development of Renewable Energies

The Finance Minister met with the British Energy Minister Charles Hendry for talks about the energy policy in the EU, the development of renewable energy sources and increasing the security of energy supply.

September 21, 2010

Siemens Austria: Corruption Prosecution Expands Investigation

According to a media report, the prosecution has questioned two ex-managers of the group on suspicion of infidelity. They allegedly bribed business partners in South Eastern Europe.

September 21, 2010

Martin Schlaff: Acquisition of Several Latvian Oil Transport Companies Planned

After four years of delay Schlaff is reported to be planning the takeover of several Latvian transport companies.

September 20, 2010

Austria's Management and Supervisory Boards’ Salaries on the Test Bench

The partly state-run OMV had the most expensive board of all Austrian corporations in 2009. In total, the oil company spent 10.2 million euro on its bosses, 23.4% more than the previous year.

September 20, 2010

A-Tec's Subsidiary AE & E: CFO Brandt Moves to Sulzer

AE & E’s CFO, Juergen Brandt, will be CFO of the Swiss industrial group Sulzer. Jürgen Boggild moves to the Board.

September 20, 2010

ÖIAG: ÖVP vs. SPÖ

Schieder and Rudas demand dissolution of the state holding ÖIAG, Finance Minister Pröll, on the other hand, wants to “strengthen” it.

September 17, 2010

Liquefied Natural Gas: Plans for a Route from Georgia to Romania

Liquefied natural gas (LNG) is to be shipped from the Georgian port of Kulevi in the direction of Constanta.

September 17, 2010

Hypo Alpe Adria: Greek Entrepreneur Xeniadis Signals his Interest in Buying

The Greek businessman Vasileios Xeniadis is prepared to offer 1.35 billion euro for Hypo Alpe Adria.

September 16, 2010

EVN building cogeneration plant in Plovdiv/Bulgaria

Today, Prime Minister Bokyo Borissov, Provincial Governor Erwin Pröll and EVN's CEO Burkhard Hofer oversaw the ceremony for the construction of a highly efficient cogeneration plant in the city of Plovdiv.

September 13, 2010

OMV targets a 20% market share in Serbia

Important changes are foreseen for 2011 in the Serbian oil industry. Because, effective from January 1, the energy company NIS will lose, albeit theoretically, its artificially upheld monopoly position…

September 13, 2010

Putin: Gas pipeline Nabucco with "little chance of success"

Putin gives the competition project of the South Stream gas pipeline little chance of being realized, because as of now, Nabucco has no suppliers.

September 8, 2010

Energy - Three offers for Verbund power plants

Those interested are European companies. By mid 2011 the partial sale of Innkraftwerke shall be completed. Right now the current prospects review the economic documents.

September 7, 2010

The Austrian electricity price index ÖSPI is to decline in October

The electricity price index for October 2010, calculated by the Austrian Energy Agency (Österreichische Energieagentur), indicates that in October prices of electric energy will fall.

September 6, 2010

Verbund calls extraordinary GM to decide on capital increase

Verbund appreciates positive decision of majority shareholder

September 3, 2010

Miba Acquires Producers of Power Electronics Components

Miba, strategic partner to the international engine and automotive industry, has acquired EBG and DAU, producers of power electronics components, as of September 1, 2010.

September 1, 2010

OMV to cover 9 percent of Romanian energy demand

The gas-fuelled power plant Brazi in Romania of Austrian energy group OMV is going to be ready by autumn 2011 and will then produce enough energy to cover 9 percent of the Romanian energy demand.

August 30, 2010

Kelag with more sales and profits

Economic recovery brought growth for the Corinthian energy provider in the first half of 2010.

August 30, 2010

EVN: long winter driving profits

The energy supplier earned €204.9m ($261.6) in the first nine months of the current fiscal year, 16.7 percent more than a year ago. The long winter in Austria helped.

August 30, 2010

Verbund - Fight over capital increase further delayed

The controversy over Verbund capital is likely to prolong. Infrastructure Minister Doris Bures will continue to insist on her initial position.

August 26, 2010

Siemens Group upgrades Austrian business location

Siemens Austria has been named the global interface for the small hydropower plant activities of the Group.

August 25, 2010

Causa ÖBB - Verbund as top priority

Verbund AG wants to increase its equity, the federal government as majority shareholder will support the plan, which will be discussed, in tomorrows Council of Ministers.

August 23, 2010

OMV boss with possible prosecution

OMV CEO Wolfgang Ruttenstorfer maybe confronted with prosecution in the current proceedings against him as reported by Presse.

August 20, 2010