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 other forms of decarbonised gas such as hydrogen, biomethane and other forms of synthetic gas. Its work is based on the fundamental disciplines of the Institute: economics, politics, environmental and climate impacts, the energy transition, and international relations of gas-producing, consuming and transit countries.
The Programme takes an international perspective on the future of gaseous fuels, but also publishes work with a more regional and national focus. The Programme has produced major regional studies on gas and LNG in: Europe, Asia, CIS countries, the Middle East and North Africa. It has also produced a number of national studies, as well as work on Atlantic Basin LNG, gas pricing (in different parts of the world), market reform and regulatory issues.
Research is carried out by programme staff and commissioned from authors in a wide range of countries and from varied backgrounds: academic, industry and journalism. The Programme holds an annual Gas Day, at which topical events are debated by researchers and an invited audience.
The Programme has a Research Group comprising the sponsors of the Programme and independent experts from academia, industry and journalism. The Group meets twice a year to discuss proposed research projects, provide progress reports and debate topical issues, particularly new trends in supply and demand for gas in Europe and the Atlantic Basin.
We are interested in hearing from students and researchers working on social science aspects of gaseous fuels in an academic environment worldwide. You can write to Bill Farren-Price.
With droughts restricting shipping via the Panama Canal since mid-2023, the attacks on vessels in the Red Sea have caused a complete cession in LNG shipping between Europe and Asia via the Suez Canal. This disruption primarily affects LNG supply from the United States, Qatar, Russia, and North Africa. While some cargoes are being diverted […]
On 8 October 2023, the Balticconnector pipeline connecting Finland and Estonia was ruptured by an anchor dragging along the seabed, and has been offline since then. According to the Finnish and Estonian transmission system operators (TSOs), the Balticconnector will be offline for repairs until at least April 2024. Despite losing access to Finland’s two LNG […]
In this latest OIES podcast, brought to you by the Gas Programme, James Henderson talks to Mike Fulwood and Jack Sharples about the recent decision by the US government to pause the approval of new LNG export contracts to non-FTA countries. This decision has taken the gas market by surprise as it implies the delay […]
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The Gas Research Programme is sponsored equally by the following organisations:
Department for Energy Security and Net Zero, UK (DESNZ)
Ministry of Petroleum and Energy (Norway)
Mitsubishi Corporation, London Branch
Reventus Power Ltd
RWE Supply & Trading Management (RWEST)
SEFE Marketing & Trading
Swedish Energy Agency
Total Energies Singapore
Uniper Global Commodities SE
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