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Saudi Arabia’s Next Oil Move

Why China will keep importing Iranian crude, but volumes will remain limited

The Canadian Oilsands and Strategic Approaches to Profitability

US-China Trade Tensions: Here we go again

  • 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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  • Natural Gas Research Programme

    The Natural Gas Research Programme, launched in 2003, has become one of the foremost sources of independent academic research on natural gas. The programme focuses on natural gas within the disciplines of the Institute: economics, politics and sociology, international relations of gas-producing, consuming and transit countries, as well as the...

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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

    OIES is proud to launch its China Energy Reseach Programme, 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 Papers

The electricity market design for decentralized flexibility sources

In order to enable cost-effective renewable energy integration and realize decarbonization targets, the power system requires the efficient utilization of resources  on both sides of the market and not just on the supply side. This paper aims to deconstruct the complexity of electricity market design in light of the growing importance of  decentralized flexibility and related current developments.  The paper concludes that the aggregation...

Latest Energy Insights

The Canadian Oilsands and Strategic Approaches to Profitability

The Canadian oilsands resource has gone from being touted as energy security for North America to being derided as an energy-intensive form of oil extraction with no long-term future. New investment has been affected by the emergence of other unconventional oil sources, particularly light tight oil (LTO) in the United States. Environmental concerns have also weighed on the debate about...

Latest Energy Comments

Saudi Arabia’s Next Oil Move

The sharp decline in the Brent price to below $60/barrel and the weakening of the oil demand outlook due to the US-China trade war has brought to the fore the issue of Saudi Arabia’s next move. There have been multiple media reports indicating that Saudi Arabia would not tolerate the latest price slide and that the Kingdom has approached other...

Latest Oxford Energy Forum

Oxford Energy Forum – Economic Diversification in the MENA – Issue 118

This issue of the Oxford Energy Forum focuses on Economic Diversification in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).  Diversification efforts in MENA (particularly GCC) countries obviously correlate with international oil prices. Economic logic favours specialization over diversification—individuals and enterprises should concentrate on what they can do best and where they have a comparative advantage. The increasing importance of global...

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Oxford Energy Podcast – Economic Diversification in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Region

The current issue of the Oxford Energy Forum focuses on economic diversification in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. Economic logic favours specialization over diversification — with MENA oil-exporters’ comparative advantage in hydrocarbons, why should they diversify their economies?  And how: in the context of the value chain of the oil sector, or through a different strategy? Uncertain prospects...

Latest Presentations

Demand Shocks, Supply Shocks and Oil Prices: Implications for OPEC

Nowadays, oil market observers often start their analysis by pointing to two sets of factors pushing the oil price in opposite directions. On the one hand, supply outages from Iran and Venezuela and the rising geopolitical risks in the Middle East as US-Iran tensions escalate are keeping an upward pressure on the oil price. On the other hand, the US-China...

New OIES Book

The Future of Gas in the Gulf: Continuity and Change

This book provides an update the development of natural gas in the Gulf countries nearly ten years after the publication of the OIES Gas Programme book on Natural Gas Markets in the Middle East and North Africa. The book comprises in-depth studies of a smaller set of countries, but those of critical regional and international importance to the future of gas: Qatar, Iran, Oman, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Kuwait, Iraq and Bahrain. Over the past decade, Gulf gas production and demand have expanded rapidly, and the next decade is likely to see further major expansions. The only substantial increase in LNG exports in the 2010s was from Qatar and a smaller, but still very significant, increase is planned for the 2020s. This book finds that the Gulf will play a substantial role in the expansion of global gas supply and demand at least until 2030, and probably beyond, and will therefore remain an extremely important region for gas and energy researchers over the next decade.

Contents:

Introduction

1. Qatar: LNG expansion following the ending of the North Field moratorium

2. Iran: an inward-looking gas giant

3. Natural Gas in Oman: change and stability

4. The Future of Gas in Saudi Arabia’s Transition

5. Appetite and Innovation: natural gas in the UAE

6. Present and Future Role of Natural Gas in Kuwait

7. Rising from the Ashes: natural gas in Iraq

8. Bahrain: gas sector prospects

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