The Russian refining system still has a significant legacy from its Soviet past, when refineries were located in relatively remote regions to serve the military and industrial complex and output of fuel oil was encouraged to supply heavy industry. However, this focus on the lower end of the barrel left a significant need for upgrading […]
The LNG business is in a period of considerable change as it moves from a structured to a traded market. The entry of new players has resulted in a more flexible value chain model, where the bilateral linkages between suppliers and buyers are no longer ‘fixed’. The increase in spot purchases and short-term trading has […]
This paper looks at the deployment of auctions in electricity systems, and in particular at the predominant form of auction currently in use: a ‘one-sided’ auction in which a central purchaser, usually acting as an agent of the government, acquires new capacity for the purposes of meeting carbon targets or securing reliability. The use of […]
In this latest Oxford Energy Podcast James Henderson, Director of the Natural Gas Programme at OIES is in conversation with Tatiana Mitrova, the Head of the Energy Centre at the Skolkovo Management Centre in Moscow and a Senior Research Fellow at OIES. They discuss a number of issues concerning Russian gas export strategy, including gas […]
In the second half of 2018, the oil market exhibited high volatility not only in terms of price levels but also time spreads and quality spreads. After reaching highs of $81/b and $71/b in October, monthly Brent and WTI prices ended the year in December at $57/b and $49/b respectively. At the same time, time […]
Until recently, Asian LNG contract issues, including price adjustments, have been resolved by negotiation, with few formal price review clauses, and certainly no price review arbitrations. These two, largely European phenomena to date, are only now spilling over into Asia. As this paper argues, the role of LNG price reviews and arbitrations in the Pacific […]
In these times of heightening geopolitical tensions, can Iberia be part of the solution to diversify the Security of Supply of natural gas to Europe? For a number of years now, there has been growing concern amongst politicians of the dependence of Europe on Russian gas and there is growing pressure to find alternative supplies, […]
Once more, Iran is confronted with sanctions. They mark a turning point, reversing the complicated and gradual return of Iran to global energy markets following the conclusion of the nuclear deal in 2015. For Iran, the consequences of sanctions are profound. Both the economy and the government budget have been hit hard. The energy sector […]
On 25 February this year Platts, a division of S&P Global, announced the inclusion of delivered, or CIF (Cost, Insurance and Freight), Rotterdam offers of North Sea oil cargoes into its flagship Dated Brent benchmark starting from 1 October 2019. Competing price reporting agency (PRA) Argus is already publishing its ‘New North Sea Dated’ assessment […]
Over the last six months, LNG Canada and Golden Pass LNG final investment decisions committed nearly 30 Mtpa of new LNG supply capacity surpassing all the new LNG supply committed over the entire period 2015-17. Expectations for 2019-20 involve a record number of new LNG supply projects reaching FID. This paper provides an overview covering […]
In this Oxford Energy podcast James Henderson, Director of the Natural Gas Programme at OIES, and Jeff Edwards, General Manager at Shell Energy responsible for global LNG market analysis, discuss Shell’s LNG Outlook 2019. The Outlook provides a consensus view of key trends in the LNG industry, and as a result the podcast addresses a […]
In February 2019, the EU reached a political agreement to amend the Gas Directive to extend its scope to apply to pipelines from third countries to the EU. The proposal is aimed primarily at Nord Stream 2 – a pipeline which would bring Russian gas to Germany and has been under construction across the Baltic […]
In May 2019 we will be holding our annual Brainstorming event.
Amongst other topics the issues dicussed at the meeting will cover:
• Storm Clouds Brewing for the Global Economy?
• Geo-Politics of Energy: Chaos theory tests oil’s resilience
• Oil Market Dynamics: Back to Square one?
• Crude oil pricing systems in flux
• Dynamics of Gas Markets
• Climate Change, Technology and the Electricity Sector
We aim to bring together thirty participants from energy companies, financial institutions, governments and international organisations for a wide-ranging discussion on topical energy issues.
In June 2019 we will be holding our third annual Electricity Day.
This year's theme is 'An Integrated Energy Systems Approach to Decarbonization Policy: Is it the Way Forward?' covered over three sessions:
I. What benefits, if any, can ‘integrated’ or ‘whole energy system’ thinking bring to our approach to particular energy issues, such as the decarbonization of difficult sectors such as heat?
II. What roles do different modes of storage and different technologies play in realising an integrated, whole system approach to decarbonization?
III. What are the key policy and commercial challenges of an integrated energy systems approach?
OIES study on Russia’s refining system reviewed: Plans for further additions of more complex refining units have be… https://t.co/GTmB7XB5g0
New OIES paper on Russian refining sector and fuel oil exports: From 2015, as a result of new export tax policies,… https://t.co/2OFbXIbbUX
Russia’s heavy fuel oil exports: challenges and changing rules at home and abroad https://t.co/cDMQaw7xP9