Natural Gas Research Programme

Can the current EU regulatory framework deliver decarbonisation of gas?

Oil and the Middle East Research Programme

Podcast – Oil Benchmarks Under Stress

Electricity Research Programme

EV Uptake in the Transport Fleet: Consumer Choice, Policy Incentives and Consumer-Centric Business Models

China Energy Research Programme

China’s rocky road to recovery – Podcast

The Oxford Institute for Energy Studies is a world leading independent energy research institute specialising in advanced research into the economics and politics of international energy across oil, gas and electricity markets.

  • 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

    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

In Germany decarbonization of the electricity sector by fostering renewables and now phasing out coal-fired power is on track to reach the 2050 de-carbonisation targets, while decarbonising non-electric energy consumption is proving to be more difficult. The present discussion of a national hydrogen strategy has run into strong political opposition against carbon sequestration as a necessary element in the use...

Latest Energy Insights

This Energy Insight examines the current regulatory framework and challenges facing the natural gas industry (producers, transporters, suppliers and consumers) during the transition to a zero-carbon economy.  The EU has declared its intention to be climate neutral by 2050, which means that the current level of natural gas usage will no longer be possible. However natural gas is a crucial...

Latest Energy Comments

This document summarises seven key takeaways from the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies’ third workshop on the impact of disruptive change in the transport sector, titled ‘EV Uptake in the Transport Fleet: Consumer Choice, Policy Incentives and Consumer-Centric Business Models’, held late last year. Participants included experts from the electricity, oil, auto, mobility, finance and technology sectors. The context for...

Latest Oxford Energy Forum

The contraction in oil demand due to the spread of COVID-2019 and dissolution of the OPEC+ agreement in March have combined to generate shockwaves through the energy and financial markets. As governments all over the world grapple with one of the most severe economic crisis since the Global Financial Crisis and as the oil and gas industry is focusing on...

Latest Podcasts

In this OIES podcast David Ledesma interviews Patrick Heather about his analysis of European traded gas hubs in 2019, according to his five Key Elements and also introduces a global churn comparison between Henry Hub, TTF, NBP and JKM. The podcast highlights how TTF has seen phenomenal growth in the last three years, in every metric, and that TTF is...

Latest Presentations

The large contraction in oil demand due to the spread of COVID-19 and the dissolution of the OPEC+ agreement has combined to generate large shockwaves through oil and financial markets. The impact on prices and balances has been severe with Brent and WTI falling by more than 50% over two weeks in March 2020. Daily Brent tumbled to $24.9/b on March 18 from...

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.

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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