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China’s Coal Market – Can Beijing Tame ‘King Coal’?

Published: 9th December 2014
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Since 2009, China has turned from a net coal exporter to a net importer, and by a large margin. In 2013, the country accounted for almost a quarter of global steam coal imports. This shift has had a tremendous impact on global trade and prices. China has become a price setter for steam coal after […]

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The Commercial and Political Logic for the Altai Pipeline

Published: 5th December 2014
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During President Putin’s visit to Beijing in November 2014 Gazprom and CNPC signed a memorandum of understanding concerning the export of gas to China via the so-called “western route” via the Russian republic of Altai. The announcement was hailed by Russia as another example of its shift towards Asia as a diversification of its traditional […]

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Categories / Country and Regional Studies, Energy Comments, Energy Comments, Energy Economics, Energy Policy, Energy Security, Gas, Gas Programme

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The Dynamics of a Liberalised European Gas Market – Key determinants of hub prices, and roles and risks of major players

Published: 1st December 2014
By: , Howard Rogers

Hub pricing is dominant in north west European gas markets and is spreading to the south and east of the Continent. A new study by Howard Rogers and Jonathan Stern finds that the most important determinants of European hub prices will be global gas market dynamics. Changes in these dynamics will create price competition between […]

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Can Indonesia’s policy of reconfiguring its energy mix by increasing natural gas usage support its initiatives to reform subsidies?

Published: 24th November 2014
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Against a backdrop of rapidly growing oil and gas production and exports, the Indonesian government introduced fuel subsidies in the late 1950s to stimulate economic development. However, since the country ceased to be a net exporter of oil in 2004, increasing demand for oil products and political pressure to maintain subsidies has meant that government […]

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The Prospects and Challenges for Arctic Oil Development

Published: 4th November 2014
By: , Julia Loe

The role of the Arctic region in global petroleum supply over the next decades is becoming a subject of increasing interest as the potential of the region’s geology is revealed and the shrinking of the ice cap makes drilling an increasingly feasible activity. Nevertheless, significant concerns remain, not least the potential impact of any hydrocarbon […]

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Energy and climate targets for 2030 – Europe takes its foot off the pedal

Published: 30th October 2014
By: , Malcolm Keay, David Robinson

The European Union has decided its energy and climate goals for 2030, becoming the first major player in the international climate negotiations to make a commitment in advance of next year’s United Nations climate conference in Paris. Europe has thus maintained its leadership role in terms of being the first mover, but no longer clearly […]

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Categories / Country and Regional Studies, Electricity & Nuclear, Energy and the Environment, Energy Comments, Energy Policy, Renewable

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Reducing European Dependence on Russian Gas – distinguishing natural gas security from geopolitics

Published: 27th October 2014
By: , Katja Yafimava, Howard Rogers, Simon Pirani, Laura El-Katiri, Anouk Honoré, James Henderson, Elham Hassanzadeh, Ralf Dickel

There is limited scope for significantly reducing overall European dependence on Russian gas before the mid-2020s. Countries in the Baltic region and south eastern Europe which are highly dependent on Russian gas, and hence extremely vulnerable to interruptions, could substantially reduce and even eliminate imports of Russian gas by the early 2020s, by a combination […]

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Saudi Arabia’s Oil Policy in Uncertain Times – A Shift in Paradigm?

Published: 22nd October 2014
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The sharp fall in oil prices in the last few weeks has turned the world’s attention to OPEC and particularly to Saudi Arabia’s response to the current slide in the oil price. Following unofficial communications to the market that Saudi Arabia is comfortable with markedly lower oil prices, even for an extended period,  hopes that […]

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