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Russia-Ukraine gas transit talks: risks for all sides

An Integrated Energy Systems Approach to Decarbonization Policy: Is it the way forward?

The great Dutch gas transition

Overcoming the Market Constraints to On-Grid Renewable Energy Investments in Nigeria

  • 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 Research Papers

Overcoming the Market Constraints to On-Grid Renewable Energy Investments in Nigeria

This paper explains the constraints to on-grid renewable energy (RE) investments in Nigeria. It moves past the prevailing argument that establishes a dichotomy between an emerging RE niche and a dominant resistive hydrocarbon-intense regime. It argues that in Nigeria, there are wider industrial organizational issues that constrain on-grid RE investments in the Nigerian electricity supply industry (NESI). It analyses the...

Latest Energy Insights

Russia-Ukraine gas transit talks: risks for all sides

The trilateral talks between the EU, Russia, and Ukraine regarding the transit of Russian gas via Ukraine beyond the expiry of the existing transit contract, on 31 December 2019, have so far failed to yield a solution. With the deadline fast approaching, the sides remain far apart in their negotiating positions. This Insight assesses the current state of the negotiations,...

Latest Energy Comments

The Dilemma Continues: OPEC choices amid high uncertainty

OPEC is faced with a wide range of uncertainties, which are perhaps best reflected in the gulf in narratives between the bulls and the bears. For the bulls, OPEC is in a strong position: the declines in non-OPEC supply are structural while the slowdown in global economic growth is temporary. Based on this view, a mini super-cycle is just around...

Latest Oxford Energy Forum

Oxford Energy Forum – LNG in Transition: from uncertainty to uncertainty – Issue 119

The September 2019 issue of the Oxford Energy Forum looks at the uncertainties facing the LNG sector as it transitions from its traditional rigid structure to becoming a fully traded commodity. This change is happening during a period of considerable volume growth in the industry, with LNG supply expected to double between 2016 and 2020. In four sections, the publication...

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The great Dutch gas transition

In this podcast David Ledesma speaks with veteran energy journalist Karel Beckman, who writes a weekly column on gas transitions for Natural Gas World,  about one of the most surprising turnarounds in modern energy history: the decision by the Dutch government to phase out the production of gas within the next few years and consumption by 2050. For sixty years,...

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.



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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