After a sharp fall towards the end of 2018, oil prices in 2019 started on a positive note recovering some of their losses. From the low point of $50/b reached on 28 December, the daily Brent price has increased to above $60/b with many analysts now expecting another year of sustained price volatility driven by […]
Much is reported in the press on the UK government’s struggle to negotiate the withdrawal agreement, and the main focus as we approach the deadline has been on the potential impact of a so-called No Deal Brexit on the UK economy. French energy law specifies that only companies based in the EU have the authorisation […]
The contract for difference (CfD) auctions are the cornerstone of the UK electricity sector’s decarbonization policy and were introduced as part of the Electricity Market Reform in 2013. The CfD auctions appear to have been successful in achieving low bids for low-carbon technologies, especially offshore wind power. However, the design of the auction increases the […]
The Oxford Institute for Energy Studies held its second workshop on the impact of disruptive change in the transport sector, titled ‘Electricity, Electric Vehicles and Public Policy’. Participants included experts from the electricity, oil, auto, mobility, finance and technology sectors. The workshop focused on investigating the prospects for deep EV penetration. The focus was on […]
The advocacy narrative of the European Union gas community which focused on coal to gas switching and backing up renewables has failed to convince governments, NGOs and media commentators that it can achieve post-2030 decarbonisation targets. The gas community therefore needs to develop decarbonisation narratives, showing how it will develop commercial scale projects for biogas, […]
Although pervasive, subsidies have long been accepted by economists as a generally inefficient, costly means of resource allocation that leads to wasteful consumption and distortion of international trade and local markets. Oil-exporting economies have adopted energy pricing reform since the collapse of the oil price in mid-2014, despite lingering fears that such efforts would hurt […]
All is not well on Africa’s oil and gas scene. Falling global oil prices in recent years have handicapped efforts to turnaround stagnating output in major producers as well as slowed new producers from entering the market. This issue of the Oxford Energy Forum brings together contributors from industry, academia, and civil society to offer […]
Energy transition risk is often viewed as a long-term risk, the impacts of which will not be felt for decades to come. However, this view is an imprecise presentation of reality. This is because although completion of transition might take decades, the increased uncertainty around the transition impacts the energy markets on a much shorter […]
In January 2020, the global limit on the sulphur content of exhaust emissions from ships will be lowered, forcing ship owners to choose how to adapt, one option being switching to LNG as a bunker fuel. In this podcast, David Ledesma interviews Jack Sharples to discuss his recently published paper “LNG Supply Chains and the […]
During this podcast David Ledesma discusses with Brian Songhurst the key aspects covered in Brian’s recent paper ‘LNG Plant Cost Reduction 2014-2018’. The discussion opens with the reasons for the paper and an overview of how costs have fallen since the highs of the Australian projects to ensure LNG remains a competitive fuel. The challenges faced in preparing the paper are discussed including […]
On the 1st of January 2020, the global shipping sector will face a highly significant shift in the regulation of sulphur emissions from the consumption of shipping fuel. In preparation for that shift, ship owners have several options for achieving regulatory compliance. These include switching to low-sulphur oil-based fuel, installing ‘scrubbers’ to remove sulphur from […]
Gas demand in Sub-Saharan Africa has largely been based on domestic production in specific countries such as Nigeria and Cote d’Ivoire. Outside South Africa, Botswana, and Zimbabwe there is little or no coal-fired power generation for gas to compete with, as power generation is dominated by oil and hydro. This Insight considers the opportunities for […]
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
In June 2019 we will be holding our third annual Electricity day.
The day is an opportunity to discuss important themes facing the sector in an informal setting.
We will bring together a group of no more than 50 people; OIES Fellows along with a small group of expert panellists and invited guests from academia, energy, technology, consulting and other backgrounds as well as OIES Electricity Project Sponsors.
New OIES paper on oil price paths in 2019: In reference scenario, Brent expected to average $68/b in 2019; Brent ri… https://t.co/kxjN8ToXKD
Fattouh on Aramco’s overseas energy push: Saudi Aramco, like many energy majors, looks to muscle in on the growing… https://t.co/4Yw4rgjAdg
Oil Price Paths in 2019: Navigating Volatile Markets https://t.co/4FLbnPnksb