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 environment in its relationship with natural gas.
The Programme concentrates on natural gas issues of international significance, 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.
Since January 2011 several Natural Gas Research Programme researchers (Jonathan Stern, Ralf Dickel, and Katja Yafimava) have been involved in the work of the EU-Russia Gas Advisory Council.
The European gas industry has argued that gas can be a bridging fuel in the transition to decarbonised energy markets because of the advantages of switching from coal to gas, and the role of gas in backing up intermittent renewable power generation. While this remains a logical approach for some countries, in others it has […]
The issue of gas transit through Ukraine remains a crucial commercial and political concern, given the current debate over the future of Nord Stream 2 and the gradual approach of 2019, when the current contract between Gazprom and Naftogaz will expire. In this short note we examine Naftogaz’s latest tactic, which has been to increase […]
The softening of European hub prices and Asian LNG spot prices in early 2014, followed by the plunge in oil prices later that year has created an extremely challenging business environment for the LNG industry. Current prices – whether spot or oil-indexed LNG contract prices – are well below levels recently regarded as necessary for […]
The German Energiewende of 2010 amended in 2011 by nuclear phase out by 2022 aimed at a reduction of Green House Gas (GHG) emissions by 80 – 95% by 2050 with clearly defined decennial interim targets. The target by 2020 is reducing GHG emissions by 40% compared to 1990, a share of renewables of at […]
After focusing on a historic perspective on bottlenecks in the gas infrastructure1, the second phase of this joint OIES-ewi Energy Research & Scenarios project focuses on the future to 2030. OIES scenarios about the future development of European gas demand and supply by source are used as an input for ewi’s TIGER model. Based on […]
The floating storage and regasification (FSRU) business has accelerated at a rate that is unprecedented for the LNG industry with 21 projects completed in just 10 years. FSRUs provide a lower cost and faster regasification facility when compared to traditional onshore terminals which are essentially major civil engineering projects. FSRUs are a game changer for […]
We would like to acknowledge the kind support of our sponsors; without whom the research carried out by the Programme would not be possible.
The Natural Gas Research Programme is sponsored equally by the following organisations:
Gazprom Marketing and Trading
Energy Delta Institute/Gasunie
Ministry of Petroleum and Energy (Norway)
Swedish Energy Agency
Uniper Global Commodities SE
Sponsors maintain an on-going dialogue with the staff including visits and presentations.
The contents of the Programme publications are the authors’ sole responsibility. They do not necessarily represent the views of the sponsors, the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies or of any of its Members.
The staff of the natural gas research programme have links with the following:
Natural Gas Research Programme Involvement in the EU-Russia Gas Advisory Council
Since January 2011 several Natural Gas Research Programme researchers have been involved in the work of the EU-Russia Gas Advisory Council, established under the auspices of the EU-Russia Energy Dialogue: Jonathan Stern as the EU Co-Speaker, Ralf Dickel and Katja Yafimava as Experts for the EU. More information about the GAC, including official documents, is available on the European Commission website.
Presentations made within each of the three GAC Work Streams – Gas sector, including EU Roadmap 2050 and scenarios, EU internal gas market issues, and infrastructure issues – can be found athttps://circabc.europa.eu/(once on the page take the following steps: Browse categories/European Commission/Energy/EU-Russian Gas Advisory Council/Library – then browse spaces and content).
J Stern: Gas industry needs new arguments and a credible plan for its European future https://t.co/1CFidWZOF0
OIES study quoted on Ukraine Gas Transit:Increasing tariffs boosted development of pipelines threatening its economy https://t.co/2LbjHR9VK9
Bassam Fattouh presents 'The Phases of Saudi Oil Policy' to Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy - https://t.co/b3YSKuHFqQ