Norway poised to battle with global giants in German gas market

A worker looks at gas pipes and valves operating at the natural gas transit point operated by MEGAL, a joint venture by E.ON Ruhrgas and Gaz de France, from which Russian natural-gas exports from Ukraine are sent to western Europe, near the Czech border in Waidhaus, Germany, on Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2009. E.ON AG, Germany's largest utility, expects 2009 profit before writedowns to fall 10 percent below last year's level as the recession cuts demand for energy. The shares slumped to their lowest in almost five years. Photographer: THOMAS LANGER/BLOOMBERG NEWS
A worker looks at gas pipes and valves operating at the natural gas transit point operated by MEGAL, a joint venture by E.ON Ruhrgas and Gaz de France, from which Russian natural-gas exports from Ukraine are sent to western Europe, near the Czech border in Waidhaus, Germany, on Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2009. E.ON AG, Germany's largest utility, expects 2009 profit before writedowns to fall 10 percent below last year's level as the recession cuts demand for energy. The shares slumped to their lowest in almost five years. Photographer: THOMAS LANGER/BLOOMBERG NEWS

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