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.
Ukraine’s residential and district heating sectors epitomise a well-known set of problems faced in former Soviet countries: outworn infrastructure, heavily subsidised pricing structures and inefficient consumption. This paper seeks to ascertain the potential of reforms that have now begun, focused on bringing prices to import price parity. It provides estimates of the potential gas savings […]
This paper addresses the gas supply squeeze that has arisen in Azerbaijan. It covers the increase in demand in the domestic market, and Georgia and Turkey, and the unforeseen decline in the legacy state-operated fields, that have combined to produce the problem. It discusses the extent to which the shortage of supply may continue into […]
The new Japanese LNG Strategy published in May 2016 envisages the creation of a liquid market and an international LNG hub in Japan. This promises to radically change the traditional JCC (crude oil) based pricing system in Japan, but also potentially in the Pacific Basin as a whole. But the path to hub creation and […]
The rationale of this paper will be to provide a broad perspective on the successes and failures of gas in Europe over the past decade with the aim of shedding light on its future in European energy balances. The aim will be to identify crucial issues that will need to be resolved in order for […]
Significant discussion has been taking place within the Russian government on potential changes in the Russian gas sector. The emergence of non-Gazprom players such as Rosneft and Novatek has spurred talk of competition with Gazprom and even the potential break-up of the gas monopoly. However, the current economic crisis in the country, worsening political relations […]
There has been much focus on the downward trend of total gas demand in Europe since the late 2000s and specifically in the power sector. In contrast, the industrial sector has received relatively little attention on a pan-European basis. The main unknown is whether the downward trend seen since the early 2000s, and especially post-financial […]
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.
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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.
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).
'M.East remains major source of supply growth' B.Fattouh presents on nature of oil price cycle -@saudiaee in Dhahran https://t.co/DWZ5MFVgb3
'US shale fastest to respond to oil price decline' B Fattouh presents on oil market dynamics @SydbankDK Copenhagen https://t.co/wYTitToNkP
Figure from a new OIES study on Russia-China energy relations https://t.co/mnJ1cRVVnK https://t.co/VwbVzdjpnw