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Saudi Arabia Oil Policy – More than Meets the Eye?

Published: 19th June 2015
By: , Anupama Sen

The sharp drop in the oil price between June 2014 and January 2015 turned the world’s attention to Saudi Arabia’s role in the oil market and the determinants of its oil output policy. Initial hopes that Saudi Arabia would come to ‘rescue’ and ‘balance’ the market and put a floor under the oil price were […]

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Oxford Energy Forum – Issue, 100

Published: 8th June 2015
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This special issue of the Forum is dedicated to Robert Mabro who founded the Oxford Energy Policy Club in 1976, the Oxford Energy Seminar in 1979, and the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies in 1982. The fact that these institutions still thrive today is testament to his vision and foresight. In this issue of the […]

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The Outlook for Azerbaijani Gas Supplies to Europe – Challenges and Perspectives

Published: 1st June 2015
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As the birthplace of the oil and gas industry, Azerbaijan’s long and rich history is intertwined with hydrocarbon production, with oil drilling pre-dating activity in Pennsylvania by 13 years. The involvement of foreign oil companies in the late 1800s, including the Nobel Brothers, resulted in the country becoming the world’s foremost oil producer at the […]

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The International Relations of the Green Economy in the Gulf – Lessons from the UAE’s State-led Energy Transition

Published: 28th May 2015
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In this study, Mari Luomi examines how the resource-rich GCC countries are positioning themselves in the international relations of the green economy, focusing on the UAE’s state-led efforts to acquire the means of implementation for a national green energy transition. The study addresses four questions: What strategies, external relations, and engagements have the UAE and […]

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Natural Gas in Canada – what are the options going forward?

Published: 18th May 2015
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With US shale gas dominating the headlines of the energy media for the past several years, Canadian gas has been somewhat overshadowed. While gas industry followers outside North America may have been aware of the reduction in Canadian gas exports to the US, they will likely have missed the complex interaction of lower cost US […]

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The Image of GCC Oil Policy in the Western Media

Published: 30th April 2015
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This short comment discusses how oil policy in the Arab world is often perceived by some parts of the western media, focusing on media coverage over the latest oil price cycle. An abridged version of this comment was presented at the 2nd GCC Petroleum Media Forum (Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 22-24 March 2015).

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Sino-Russian Gas and Oil Cooperation – Entering a New Era of Strategic Partnership?

Published: 28th April 2015
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This paper is an update on the book ‘Sino-Russian Oil and Gas Coooperation‘ by Keun-Wook Paik published by OUP in 2012. It aims to explain the importance and implications of strengthened Sino-Russian oil and gas cooperation; it also tries to analyse whether this level of cooperation could move into a strategic level. It reviews the […]

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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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