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Key Determinants for the Future of Russian Oil Production and Exports

Published: 20th April 2015
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This paper analyses the fundamental drivers of Russian oil production in the current low oil price environment, highlighting a number of dichotomies currently at work. The low oil price has forced Russian oil companies to cut dollar expenditure and to re-assess their investment strategies, apparently putting oil production and exports at risk. However, the impact […]

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Gas Pricing Reform in India – Implications for the Indian gas landscape

Published: 15th April 2015
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Most discussion on the future of the market for internationally traded gas focuses on the ‘swing towards Asia’. Specifically, China and India, the world’s two most populous nations, are frequently highlighted as major drivers of future demand. Yet, there is considerable ambiguity over the assumptions underpinning this observation, particularly with regards to India. In fact, […]

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US Coal Exports – The Long Road to Asian Markets

Published: 30th March 2015
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Coal demand in the US power sector has decreased significantly since 2008 as competition from shale gas has developed and new environmental regulations has made coal less attractive. To offset the loss on the domestic market, US coal mining companies have turned to the export market. Since 2010, they have actively developed their coal exports […]

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The US Shale Gas Revolution and its Impact on Qatar’s Position in Gas Markets

Published: 26th March 2015
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Released today by the Center on Global Energy Policy The US Shale Gas Revolution and its Impact on Qatar’s Position in Gas Markets is a collaborative study between CGEP, Columbia and the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies that examines how Qatar may be impacted by major changes to the global LNG market. The expansion of […]

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Evolution of gas pipeline regulation in Russia – Third party access, capacity allocation and transportation tariffs

Published: 23rd March 2015
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Executive Summary Russia has been reforming its domestic gas transportation regime since the mid-2000s and achieved significant progress through an introduction of legal unbundling, establishment of a legal/regulatory framework for non-discriminatory access and a new zonal tariff methodology. However the existing framework remains insufficiently developed both in scope (e.g. non-applicability to non-UGS systems, storage and […]

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Oil Market Dynamics – Saudi Arabia Oil Policies and US Shale Supply Response

Published: 18th March 2015
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This presentation outlines the current uncertainties engulfing the oil market focusing on two key dynamics: Saudi Arabia oil policies and the new dynamics unleashed by US shale production. It is argued that Saudi oil policy is rooted in fundamental features of Saudi Arabia’s political, economic and social systems. These include: • High dependency on oil […]

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Driving Forces of China’s Energy and Emission Growths Between 2007 and 2010 – A Structural Decomposition Analysis

Published: 16th March 2015
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The Eleventh Five-Year Plan (between 2006 and 2010) is significant for China’s economic development, energy consumption, and CO2 emissions. In 2006, China surpassed the USA to become the world’s largest CO2 emitter, which led to widespread discussions about China’s role in climate change negotiations. The global financial crisis in 2008 resulted in the one and […]

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Oxford Energy Forum – Issue, 99

Published: 9th March 2015
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This issue of the Oxford Energy Forum is dedicated to Energy in India. Set against the landscape of an uncertain international energy market and a potential slowing of China’s economic growth, the Indian economy stands poised as a hopeful prospect (the IMF forecasts growth of 6.3 per cent in 2015) in an otherwise unsteady global […]

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