Gas Research Programme

Liberalization: the key to unlocking natural gas potential in Brazil?

Electricity Research Programme

The Rise of Distributed Energy Resources: A Case Study of India’s Power Market

China Energy Research Programme

China’s power crisis: Long-term goals meet short-term realities

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  • Oil & the Middle East Research Programme

    The Oil and the Middle East Research Programme of the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies was established in 2009. It is dedicated to the advanced study of contemporary oil markets, production, consumption and policy. With a historical focus on the resource-rich economies of the Middle East, research on the Programme...

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  • Gas Research Programme

    The Gas Programme, launched in 2003, has become one of the foremost sources of independent academic research on gaseous fuels and their role in the energy economy. The programme has historically focused on natural gas, and while this remains a core strength it is increasingly also turning its attention to...

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  • Electricity Research Programme

    The OIES Electricity Research Programme was established in 2015. The Programme seeks to inform public and private sector decision-making by improving understanding of the electricity supply chain. The Programme studies the role of public policy, regulation, and markets to support the energy transition, along with implications for end-users, companies and...

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  • China Energy Research Programme

    Launched in 2019 the OIES China Energy Research Programme, is a center of analytical excellence offering insights into the factors that inform China’s energy policies and choices and their pivotal role in global energy markets. China is the world’s second largest economy, biggest importer of crude oil, the fastest growing...

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Latest Research Papers

Brazil holds great promise for natural gas development: a large population underpinning rising energy demand; sizeable reserves, and a market hungry for diversification of energy sources. While great progress has been achieved in the last 30 years in the development of natural gas production, infrastructure and demand, the Brazilian gas market remains in its infancy with respect to its potential....

Latest Energy Insights

The Northern Sea Route (NSR) – the Arctic shortcut between Europe and Asia – has emerged as a new strategic opportunity for unlocking and monetizing Russia’s vast oil and gas reserves in the Arctic. The NSR is an important element of Russia’s Arctic strategy, that now incorporates active development of the hydrocarbon riches, development of the Arctic ports and other...

Latest Energy Comments

On 16 November 2021 the German regulatory authority (BNetzA) suspended the procedure to certify Nord Stream 2 AG (NS2 AG) as an operator of the NS2 pipeline. BNetzA’s decision has triggered an avalanche of questions about its potential impact on the length and outcome of the certification process of the NS2 pipeline operator, and about the timing of the start...

Latest Oxford Energy Forum

COP26, which is to be held in Glasgow in the first two weeks of November, is set to be a defining moment in global climate negotiations as almost 200 countries come together to review their environmental performance since 2015 and to set new emissions targets for 2030. In this special edition of the Oxford Energy Forum we have gathered the...

Latest Podcasts

In this podcast, David Ledesma talks to Martin Lambert about his recent paper on the energy transition in Japan and the implications for gas.   They discuss the unique challenges which Japan faces in meeting its ambitious decarbonisation targets of 46% reduction by 2030 and net zero by 2050.   They cover the range of options available for Japan, including the challenges...

Latest Presentations

This new OIES presentation looks at the extension of the OPEC+ deal to the end of 2022 and implications on oil markets: Global oil demand has lost some momentum recently, but the fundamentals remain solid where demand is still expected to grow by 5.6 mb/d in 2021 and further 3.3 mb/d in 2022. OPEC+ to unwind the 5.76 mb/d cut...

Latest Oil Monthly

The new issue of OIES Oil Monthly, including our first oil market outlook for 2023, is now available. This month’s featured In Focus piece focuses on the impact of China’s power crunch on diesel demand. China’s power outages have boosted diesel margins, especially in light of reduced output from the Shandong independents. The State-owned majors have been slow to fill...

OIES Energy Transition Webinar

OIES Energy Dialectic

Reflections on COP26 for the Energy Sector

19 November 2021

Following 2 weeks of negotiations, discussions, side meetings and presentations in Glasgow a team of OIES research fellows and guests will reflect on the key outcomes from COP26. James Henderson, Anupama Sen, Jonathan Stern and Martin Lambert attended the event in person and will offer their conclusions on topics such as the Global Methane Pledge, the global debate around hydrogen, the role of CCS and the implied future of hydrocarbons, the contributions of India, Russia and China to the COP discussions and the impact of the US presence on the meeting.

For more information please contact Kate Teasdale

OIES Oil Day

What Next for Oil Market? Short-term Prospects’

3 December 2021

The workshop will assess the short-term oil market outlook including the distinguishing features of the current cycle, the uneven recovery in global oil demand, the risks around the demand outlook, products demand and refining margins, OPEC+ behaviour and the path ahead, performance of non-OPEC and US shale, geopolitical risks, and global balances.

The day will consist of three sessions:

Session I: Global Oil Demand: Is the recovery on Solid Ground?
Session II: OPEC+: A More Predictable Path Ahead?
Session III: How Constrained is non-OPEC Supply Growth?

For more information please contact Kate Teasdale

OIES Webinar

Software versus hardware: how China’s institutional setting helps and hinders the clean energy transition

9 December 2021 - 11.30 (London time)

The webinar will examine how China’s institutional setting contributes to or hinders the energy transition, with a particular emphasis on the energy sector and innovation policies. Some observers have tended to assume that China’s interventionist management of the economy and dominance of state-owned monopolies will primarily hinder the transition as they limit market forces and private enterprise. Others point to China’s strong central state and high-level commitments to climate change to suggest that China’s institutions are better suited to addressing environmental problems than those of liberal democracies. The presenters aim to set out a preliminary framework for analysing the areas where technological and institutional factors make change more likely to be lasting and transformative, versus areas in which resistance will likely remain strong.

Register for the webinar here.

For more information please contact Kate Teasdale