Gas Research Programme

The Northern Sea Route: A state priority in Russia’s strategy of delivering Arctic hydrocarbons to global markets

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

As the world’s third-biggest emitter of greenhouse gases, India has pledged to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2070. The electricity sector is at the forefront of decarbonisation initiatives and distributed energy resources (DERs) are expected to play a key role in enabling the country to eventually transition away from fossil fuel power generation (especially coal). DERs are physical or virtual...

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 latest edition of the OIES podcast series David Ledesma and James Henderson reflect on the outcomes of COP26 from an energy sector perspective. They review the main goals of the COP and discuss the conclusions of both the formal UNFCCC process as well as a number of initiatives that were developed by the UK presidency. In particular they...

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 Webinar

CCUS and the Role of Oil and Gas Producing Countries

8 November 2021

The webinar will address key questions including:

• What role can Carbon Storage, Utilization and Storage (CCUS) play in oil and gas exporters’ low carbon development strategies?
• Do oil and gas exporters have competitive advantage in advancing CCUS?
• What type of regulatory frameworks should be put in place to enable the deployment of CCUS at a large scale?
• How could oil and gas exporters leverage the Paris agreement to develop cost spreading and burden sharing mechanisms to enable CCUS at a global level?

Register for the webinar here.

For more information please contact Kate Teasdale

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