Natural Gas Research Programme

Oxford Energy Podcast – Is there hope for improved intra-MENA gas trade?

Oil and the Middle East Research Programme

Yields vs. sulfur: What is driving crude benchmarks in 2020

Electricity Research Programme

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

China Energy Research Programme

COVID-19 and the electrification of the Chinese economy

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

System security is a critical component of power system operation. The objective of operational security is to manage grid stability and to limit the interruption to customer service following a disturbance. The integration of inverter-based renewable generation technologies such as solar and wind in the generation mix has introduced new challenges for managing operational security. First, the intermittency inherent in...

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

The widespread and completely unforeseen impact of a global pandemic on demand for road fuels has been most clearly seen through a stark decline in gasoline prices. One hypothesis put forward has been that no longer should the market focus on the sweet-sour spread, but instead the core question should be light versus heavy – or the spread between crudes...

Latest Oxford Energy Forum

This issue of the Oxford Energy Forum follows on from OIES’s third transport workshop, held in Oxford in late 2019. The workshop focused on three factors that are likely to influence the uptake of electric vehicles (EVs) in the transport fleet: government policy incentives, consumer choice, and the need for consumer-centric business models. EVs are still a nascent technology and...

Latest Podcasts

The webinar focused on the potential role of low carbon hydrogen in the energy transition, building on 3 recent papers by OIES Research Fellows. Martin Lambert gives a global perspective, discussing the opportunities and challenges facing hydrogen in various potential applications as the world seeks to reduce its carbon emissions. Ralf Dickel follows up with looking in more detail at...

Latest Presentations

This presentation provides an historical perspective from 1990 to 2018 of the functioning of the world oil market with and without OPEC. Analysis builds on a new methodology simulating counterfactual (i.e. what-if) outcomes in the rich context of state-of-the-art structural VAR models of the world oil market to empirically assess OPEC’s contribution to oil markets and the global economy by...

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