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The Role of Gas in UK Energy Policy

Published: 20th July 2015
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UK energy policy has often mystified outsiders. Politicians and policy makers talk grandly of solving the energy “trilemma” of affordability, environmental sustainability and security of supply. Many energy experts seem ensnared in endless debates regarding the minutiae of the electricity supply sector whilst in the real world coal displaces gas in power generation, prices rise […]

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Categories / Country and Regional Studies, Energy and the Environment, Energy Economics, Energy Policy, Energy Security, Gas, Gas Programme, Papers, Working Papers

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Global Oil Markets – Current Developments and Future Prospects

Published: 17th July 2015
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In this presentation, given at the Bank of England, Bassam Fattouh looks at current developments in the oil market and explores some short and medium term prospects and concludes with the following observations: • It is important to be clear about causality; it is supply and demand imbalances that cause stocks to rise and for […]

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Categories / Energy Economics, Energy Policy, Finance, Oil, Oil & Middle East Programme, Presentations, Presentations, Publications

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Eastward Shifting Oil Markets and the Future of Middle Eastern Benchmarks

Published: 13th July 2015
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The recent increased Chinese activity in the Platts Dubai window is yet another manifestation of the eastward shift of international oil markets. In light of these changing dynamics, the necessity for a new marker for East of Suez crude oil pricing is commonly taken for granted. But must the benchmark for East of Suez necessarily […]

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Categories / Energy Comments, Energy Comments, Energy Policy, Oil, Oil & Middle East Programme

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The Impact of Lower Gas and Oil Prices on Global Gas and LNG Markets

Published: 10th July 2015
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Howard Rogers, Director, Natural Gas Research Programme, shares insights and conclusions on his paper published in early July 2015. To access the talk please click here. Please click here to access the accompanying slides.

Categories / Gas, Gas Programme, Presentations, Working Papers

Crude Oil Markets in 2015 – the battle for market share

Published: 9th July 2015
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In collaboration with OIES and KAPSARC, Clingendael International Energy Programme (CIEP) hosted a workshop in March 2015 to discuss the structural changes shaping the crude oil and petroleum products markets and the shifts in trade flows. The general view was that apart from the structural changes in crude oil supply and demand, oil product markets […]

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The Impact of Lower Gas and Oil Prices on Global Gas and LNG Markets

Published: 6th July 2015
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The aftermath of warmer than normal 2013/2014 winters in Europe and Asia, evidence of slowing Asian LNG demand growth through 2014 and the collapse of the oil price in late 2014 has resulted in a painful ‘new normal’ for key players in the global gas system, specifically LNG project investors and Russia/Gazprom. At one level […]

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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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