The following provides summaries of the research in progress by staff of the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies. The Institute’s unique multidisciplinary expertise allows it to examine the economics, the politics and the sociology of energy with a focus on oil and natural gas.

The specific subjects of research in progress, while set within these broad lines, necessarily reflects the particular research capacities, skills and interests of the research fellows.

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  • China drive for self-sufficiency in petrochemicals and its implications for global petrochemicals

    By: John Richardson

    China is the most important petrochemicals market in the world due to the volume of its demand growth. The scale of consumption is such that today several petrochemicals remain in major deficit in China – such as paraxylene, to make polyester, and styrene, which makes a range of plastics. But because of China’s more vulnerable […]

  • Outlook for China’s gas balances

    By: Michal Meidan

    China’s gas demand has surged on the back of the government’s coal-to-gas switching policy, leading China to absorb an incremental 17 bcm of LNG in both 2017 and 2018. While Beijing remains committed to its environmental targets, the economic slowdown is set to adversely impact industry—currently the largest gas consumer in China—reducing industrial users’ gas […]

  • Can Chinese refiners capitalise on IMO 2020?

    By: Michal Meidan

    This paper will analyse the impact of the IMO low sulphur fuel cap, which comes into effect on 1 January 2020, on China’s refining industry, including Chinese refiners’ ability to absorb high sulphur fuel oil (HSFO) and produce IMO-compliant bunkering fuels. The new IMO regulations aim to cut the sulphur content of marine bunker fuels […]