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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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Europe’s ‘Energy Union’ plan – a reasonable start to a long journey

Published: 2nd March 2015
By: , Malcolm Keay

The European Commission has unveiled its plan for “an Energy Union”, an initiative triggered by the Ukraine crisis’ implications for gas security, but which has now taken on a far wider dimension. It appears to have political momentum, although it lacks crucial detail, especially on governance and supervision of the many proposed improvements. Nonetheless, it […]

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A Brief Political Economy of Energy Subsidies in the Middle East and North Africa

Published: 24th February 2015
By: , Laura El-Katiri

Energy subsidies are among the most pervasive, and most controversial fiscal policy tools in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). In a region with few functioning social welfare systems, subsidized energy prices continue to form an important social safety net, albeit a highly costly and inefficient one. In the MENA region’s oil and gas […]

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Lebanon – The Next Eastern Mediterranean Gas Producer?

Published: 18th February 2015
By: , Laura El-Katiri

In this report published by the German Marshall Fund of the United States, Bassam Fattouh and Laura El-Katiri examines the prospects of Lebanon turning into a natural producer and exporter. Lebanon’s exclusive economic zone forms part of the Levant Basin, which has been estimated to hold up to 122 trillion cubic feet of recoverable natural […]

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