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

  • Oxford Energy Podcast – European gas storage: backhaul helps open Ukrainian safety valve

    In this OIES podcast James Henderson discusses the availability of Ukrainian gas storage for the European market with Simon Pirani and Jack Sharples, the joint authors of a new OIES paper on this important topic. With European storage capacity likely to hit its ceiling during the summer, the option to move gas into Ukraine’s huge […]

    By: OIES

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  • Oxford Energy Podcast – Central Asian Gas

    In this podcast, David Ledesma discusses the prospects for Central Asian natural gas production and exports in the 2020s with Simon Pirani, Senior Research Fellow at OIES, who has just published a research paper on this subject. Central Asian exports to China were 47 bcm in 2018, compared with 16 bcm to Russia. Exports to […]

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  • European traded gas hubs: the supremacy of TTF

    This Comment gives the results of the Author’s analysis of the European traded gas hubs in 2019, according to his 5 Key Elements and also introduces a global churn comparison between Henry Hub, TTF, NBP and JKM. Previous publications by this Author have shown how the once dominant NBP has started to lose its crown, […]

    By: Patrick Heather

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Latest Ongoing Research from the Natural Gas Research Programme

  • New Asian LNG Demand Markets

    The current and potential rapid growth in Asian LNG demand is not all about China and India. With the traditional markets of Japan, Korea and Taiwan looking at best at slow growth, the new markets are increasingly important targets for existing and new LNG suppliers. This new research will assess the current and projected supply […]

    By: Mike Fulwood Martin Lambert

  • The Future of Networks

    The OIES research on decarbonising energy markets has identified particular threats to gas networks from both declining demand for gas and a failure to adapt to new requirements in a low carbon world. Gas networks represent a huge, sunk cost asset and with the right mix of investment and incentives they could play a significant […]

    By: Chris N Le Fevre

  • The Outlook for Nigerian Gas and LNG

    Nigeria has immense hydrocarbon wealth and took over 20 years to reach FID on Nigeria LNG.  In 10 years after FID, Nigeria LNG surpassed 20 Mtpa of production becoming at one time the 3rd largest global producer. The country spent over a decade pursuing an ambitious Nigerian Gas Master Plan with a massive planned expansion […]

    By: Claudio Steuer


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:

Cheniere Energy
Gazprom Marketing and Trading
Energy Delta Institute/Gasunie
Knect365 Energy
Ministry of Petroleum and Energy (Norway)
Mozambique LNG
National Grid
Open Grid Europe GmbH
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 at on the page take the following steps: Browse categories/European Commission/Energy/EU-Russian Gas Advisory Council/Library – then browse spaces and content).