Gas Publications

The results of OIES research is published as working papers, energy comments, presentations and articles as well as commercially published books and monographs. The views expressed in all OIES publications are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies or any of its Members.

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  • Financial Risks and Rewards in LNG Projects: Qatar, Oman and Yemen

    By: U. Bartsch

    Natural gas is increasingiy the energy source of choice because of convenience, high thermal efficiency, and dative cleanliness when compared with oil or coal. Because of its gaseous nature transport poses a major obstacle to a more thorough penetration of world-wide energy rn&kets. This obstacle can be overcome by long-term investments in transport infrastructure. This […]

  • Today’s Gas Glut and Yesterday’s Contracts: The British Gas Predicament

    By: M. Stoppard

    In the frst half of 1995 the UK gas market underwent a price shock. At the beginning of the year gas had been trading on a short-term basis in an informal telephone market at a level of around 18- 19p/therm. This was approximately in line with the average long-tenn contract prices paid by British Gas […]

  • Competition and Regulation in the Gas Industry: An Evaluation of the MMC Report on Gas in the UK

    By: M. Stoppard

    Following the referral of British Gas plc. (BG) to the Monopolies and Mergers Commission (MMC) in July 1992, the MMC spent one year on a wide-ranging enquiry into the UK gas industry and has written two separate but related reports: one under the 1973 Fair Trading Act, the other under the 1986 Gas Act. The […]

  • OIES Review of Energy Costs

    By: Philip Barnes

    Those who either from want of knowledge or from interested motives advocate the universal adoption of oil fuel in place of coal generally claim that it would be quite possible to supply oil of the necessary quality at 30s or 35s a ton, and that oil as a fuel is worth twice as much as […]

  • The Impact of Cheap Oil on Gas Markets

    By: J. Jensen , M. Kelly

    It is often assumed that oil can increase its share of energy markets fairly quickly if its price drops relative to competing fuels. Since oil is already the dominant fuel in the transportation sector, gains at the expense of other fuels must come from elsewhere. The slow pace of fuel conversion decisions in the residential […]

  • OIES Review of Long-Term Energy Supplies

    By: Philip Barnes

    This paper reviews both the potential and likely availability of dl the major forms of commercial energy over the next twenty years. It is based on assessments of potential and feasible patterns of energy supply development on a country-by country basis. These assessments take into account, amongst other elements, the resources available and the extent […]

  • Can Natural Gas Take the Strain?

    By: Philip Barnes

    Whenever an oil crisis occurs one can be sure that calls for the replacement of oil by other sources of energy will receive renewed attention. This is, of course, whoUy admirable and should not have to wait upon crises. The present situation in the Gulf is already giving rise to equally predictable demands for more […]