Natural Gas Research Programme

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 environment in its relationship with natural gas.

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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.

From 2011 to 2016 several Natural Gas Research Programme researchers were 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. EU-Russia Gas Advisory Council.

We are interested in hearing from students and researchers working on social science aspects of natural gas in an academic environment worldwide. You can write to James Henderson or Jo Ilott.

Latest Publications from the Natural Gas Research Programme

  • Russia’s gas pivot to Asia

    Russia’s pivot to Asia has taken a long time to mature in the gas sector, but 2019 is set to be an important year as the Kremlin seeks to diversify its sources of export revenues. The Power of Siberia pipeline is due to come onstream at the end of the year, and before then agreements […]

    By: James Henderson

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  • Oxford Energy Podcast – Russia’s gas supply surplus

    In this latest Oxford Energy podcast James Henderson and Vitaly Yermakov discuss Vitaly’s forthcoming paper on Russia’s gas supply surplus. It has been widely documented that Gazprom has had 100bcm or more spare gas for potential export to Europe, but recent increases in production have reduced this figure. In addition, Vitaly outlines his concern that, […]

    By: OIES

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  • China’s Long March to Gas Price Freedom: Price Reform in the People’s Republic

    China is the world’s third-largest gas market – as well as its fastest-growing.  Government policy, economic growth and reform of its gas pricing system are driving growth in demand at double-digit rates.  The outlook for China’s gas market and its interaction with the wider world of global gas is both a major question for international […]

    By: Stephen O'Sullivan

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Latest research from the Natural Gas Research Programme

  • Natural Gas in Taiwan: Key Challenges and New Narrative beyond 2025

    This research aims to examine whether natural gas can and will become a much more substantial energy source in Taiwan. An assessment will be conducted on Taiwan’s policy and regulatory frameworks for market liberalisation, LNG trade and energy innovation (especially biogas, biomethane, Power-to-Gas (P2G) and other storage technologies). It seeks to anticipate new patterns in […]

    By: Chung-Han Yang

  • The Outlook for Nigerian Gas

    This paper will analyse the largest current exporter of LNG in Africa and will provide an assessment of likely future exports to world markets as well as the internal dynamics of gas sales in West Africa. It will assess the latest regulation in Nigeria concerning gas developments and exports, and will consider the country’s aspirations […]

    By: Claudio Steuer

  • North American LNG

    The impact of shale gas on global energy markets is now well known, but this paper looks to extend the analysis by assessing the likely longevity of the trend and the potential breakeven cost for deliveries to Europe and Asia. Using an updated analysis of the shale gas potential in the US, the author will […]

    By: Howard Rogers

Sponsors

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:

Anadarko
BP
Centrica
Cheniere Energy
Edison
Enagás
ENI
ExxonMobil
Gazprom Marketing and Trading
Energy Delta Institute/Gasunie
Iberdrola
Ministry of Petroleum and Energy (Norway)
National Grid
OMV

APICORP
Argus Media
Bahrain Petroleum Company
Barclays
BP Plc
Cheniere Supply & Marketing
Chevron Corporation
CME Group
ConocoPhillips
Deloitte LLP
Delonex Energy
Enel
ENI
Equinor
ESB
Exxon Mobil International Ltd
Falck Renewables
Gunvor SA
ICAP
Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation (JOGMEC)
JETRO
Marathon Petroleum Corporation
Mitsubishi Corporation International (Europe) Plc
Mitsui & Co
Nex Group
Ofgem
Olayan Europe Ltd
OMV
Organizacion Techint
Oxford Economics Ltd
Petroleum Policy Intelligence
Redburn
Schlumberger
Shell International BV
SNAM
S&P Global Platts
Swedish Energy Agency
Tellurian Inc
Total SA
Vitol

We are also extremely grateful for research grants received from:

The Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences
Saudi Aramco Overseas Company BV

The Natural Gas Research Programme is sponsored equally by the following organisations:

Anadarko
Barclays
BP
Centrica
Cheniere Energy
Edison
Enagás
ENI
Equinor
ExxonMobil
Gazprom Marketing and Trading
Energy Delta Institute/Gasunie
Iberdrola
Ministry of Petroleum and Energy (Norway)
National Grid
OMV
Open Grid Europe GmbH
Petoro
Sedigas
Shell
SNAM
Swedish Energy Agency
Tellurian Inc
Uniper Global Commodities SE
Wintershall Holding GmbH
Petoro
Sedigas
Shell
SNAM
Statoil
Swedish Energy Agency
Tellurian Inc
Uniper Global Commodities SE
Wintershall Holding GmbH

Sponsors maintain an on-going dialogue with the staff including visits and presentations.

If your company or organisation would like to discuss any aspect of the Gas Programme further, please do not hesitate to contact James Henderson, Anouk Honore or Jo Ilott.

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.

 

 Academic Affiliations

The staff of the natural gas research programme have links with the following:

The EU-Russia Gas Advisory Council

Natural Gas Research Programme Involvement in the EU-Russia Gas Advisory Council

From 2011 to 2016 several Natural Gas Research Programme researchers were 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).

 

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