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Britain's Centrica signs gas supply deal with Qatar

British energy firm Centrica has signed a deal to supply British homes with Qatari liquefied natural gas in a tie-up worth £4.4 billion and lasting until 2018, the group said on Wednesday. Centrica said the deal, worth the equivalent of $7.1 billion or 5.2 billion euros, builds on its existing LNG agreement with Qatargas signed in 2011 and which had been due to end in mid-2014. Britain is scrambling to come up with new energy sources, now even turning to foreign owned providers, amid widespread voter anger at high electricity and gas bills from domestic companies.

Centrica's CEO plans to turn down bonus this year

LONDON (Reuters) - Centrica's <CNA.L> chief executive Sam Laidlaw said he will decline any bonus he is offered this year, in a move which could help the energy supplier avoid further controversy after it raised prices by three times the rate of inflation. Laidlaw told a panel discussion at a conference in London on Monday that he had "already decided" to forego his annual bonus this year.

Britain's Labour says to freeze energy prices if it wins election

By William James and Karolin Schaps BRIGHTON/LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Labour party will freeze gas and electricity bills until 2017 and force reform of the British utility market if it wins power in the May 2015 election, party leader Ed Miliband said on Tuesday.

Centrica seals first U.S. natural gas deal

By Oleg Vukmanovic and Lorraine Turner LONDON (Reuters) - Centrica <CNA.L> on Monday signed its first liquefied natural gas (LNG) import deal with U.S. firm Cheniere Energy <LNG.A> for 20-years' worth of shipments starting in late 2018 as prices at home surge due to scant supplies. The deal, enough to fuel 1.8 million homes, is the first ever long-term LNG supply deal for Britain and a breakthrough for U.S. gas in Europe.

UPDATE 2-Profits rise at Centrica's British Gas after price hike

* British Gas profit up 9 pct, residential profit up 11 pct * Gas consumption up 12 pct due to cold weather * Group EPS up 5 pct to 27.1 pence, in line with forecasts * Centrica to invest in North American business By Lorraine Turner

British Gas owner Centrica's annual earnings rise 5 pct

LONDON, Feb 27 (Reuters) - British utility Centrica unveiled plans to invest more in its residential services business and North America after reporting a 5 percent rise in full-year earnings, in line with expectations. Centrica, which owns Britain's biggest household energy supplier British Gas, said earnings per share (EPS) for the year to end Dec. rose to 27.1 pence, compared with earnings of 27.4 pence per share according to a Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S poll of 21 analysts.

Centrica plans to appoint Chris Weston as British Gas chief

Feb 15 (Reuters) - Utility Centrica Plc said it planned to appoint Chris Weston the head of British Gas, UK's biggest energy retailer by customer numbers. Weston, the current head of Centrica's U.S. retail gas business, Direct Energy, would replace Phil Bentley, who would step down as managing director after six years at the helm. Centrica said the appointment would be announced with its preliminary results on Feb. 27 if the proposal is approved by the company's board.

REFILE-UPDATE 2-Centrica pulls out of new UK nuclear projects

* Longer schedule, higher costs led to decision -CEO * Centrica to launch 500 mln pound share buyback * Pressure on UK government to clarify power market reform By Lorraine Turner and Karolin Schaps LONDON, Feb 4 (Reuters) - Utility Centrica has pulled out of plans to build new nuclear power stations in Britain with partner EDF, paving the way for Chinese investors to enter the UK market through a partnership with the French firm.
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