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Its unique multidisciplinary expertise allows it to examine the economics, the politics and the sociology of energy with a focus on oil and natural gas. Its research spans the international relations between producers and consumers of energy; the economic development of producing nations and the geo-political aspects of all these issues alongside the economics and politics of the environment in relation to energy, including climate change. The Institute’s intellectual independence places it firmly at the centre of the dialogue between consumers and producers, government and industry, academics and policy makers. The Institute serves a worldwide audience with its research and continues to inform understanding of all major energy issues today.

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US NGLs Production and Steam Cracker Substitution: What will the Spillover Effects be in a Global Petrochemicals Market?

Published: 29th September 2014
By: , Craig Brown

The surge in natural gas liquids (NGLs) supply accompanying US shale production has notably underpinned the domestic petrochemicals industry with cheap plant feedstock, particularly in the form of ethane. This has allowed US plants to forge a competitive global position in ethylene production and ushered in a new era of investments in the US petrochemicals [...]

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Oxford Energy Forum – Issue, 97

Published: 22nd September 2014

Energy in Russia, the subject of this issue of the Oxford Energy Forum, has this year returned to the forefront of debates among academics, policy makers, and those in the industry. Politics, never far from these debates, is a factor: as a result of events in Ukraine, the tension between Russia and the western powers [...]

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European gas hubs price correlation – barriers to convergence

Published: 15th September 2014

With survey data from the IGU and others continuing to demonstrate the continuing widespread adoption of hub pricing for European gas, and trading volumes growing strongly overall, this paper revisits the issue of hub price correlation.  Following from her ground-breaking paper of October 2013 where for the first time in the public domain the analysis [...]

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

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Prospects for Renewable Energy in GCC States – Opportunities and the Need for Reform

Published: 8th September 2014
By: , Muna Husain

This study explores the economic potential for, and possible caveats of, renewable energy in the GCC countries. Looking at the case of Kuwait, the authors highlight the growing potential for economic cost savings, primarily for solar photovoltaic power in the GCC states over oil-fired power generation, in the current global high-price environment for oil. The [...]

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Categories / Country and Regional Studies, Electricity & Nuclear, Energy and the Environment, Energy Policy, Gas, Oil, Oil & Middle East Programme, Papers, Renewable, Working Papers

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The Future of Australian LNG Exports – Will domestic challenges limit the development of future LNG export capacity?

Published: 1st September 2014
By: , James Henderson, Nyrie Palmer

Executive Summary The Oxford Institute for Energy Studies Natural Gas Research Programme has recently published a paper entitled ‘The Future of Australian LNG Exports: Will domestic challenges limit the development of future LNG export capacity?’ With seven the new LNG projects under construction and due for completion in the 2014 – 2018 timeframe amounting in [...]

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New swings for West African crudes

Published: 26th August 2014
By: , Amrita Sen

While most recent analysis has focused on the potential impact of the US ‘tight oil’ revolution on global oil supplies and oil price levels, the impact on the shifts in trade flows and on the dynamics of price differentials has received much less attention. This is quite surprising, as the recent transformations in the US [...]

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National support for renewable electricity and the single market in Europe: the Ålands Vindkraft case

Published: 11th August 2014
By: , Malcolm Keay

The European Court of Justice recently announced its judgement in the case of Alands Vindcraft, concerning Sweden’s right to deny support for renewable electricity to Finnish producers.  Against the Advocate General’s recommendations, the Court decided that the Swedish policy does not infringe European law.  This Comment, by Étienne Durand and Malcolm Keay, looks at the [...]

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Sustainable Energy in Brazil – Reversing Past Achievements or Realizing Future Potential

Published: 4th August 2014

Brazil is at a crossroad with regard to its sustainable energy future. Despite currently boasting one of the world’s cleanest energy supplies, a number of current trends are pointing towards a deterioration of the country’s sustainable energy performance, measured in terms of renewable energy use, energy efficiency, and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Firstly, declining emissions [...]

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