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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  • Iraqi Oil: industry evolution, production dynamics and future competitiveness

    By: Ahmed Mehdi

    Iraq is expected to make one of the largest contributions to OPEC production growth out to 2020 (having already added 1.7-1.8m b/d from 2011-2016). IOC’s in Southern Iraq have been the major contributors of growth, having added 2.3-2.4m b/d since 2009 (with approximately 700,000 b/d offsetting declines). Despite Iraq’s prized position in having some of […]

  • Gulf NOC strategies in Asia

    By: Loftur Thorarinsson

    Confronted with slowing demand for crude oil, NOCs are increasingly diversifying from the upstream and investing in the downstream sector both in their home markets and in consuming countries to ensure market share. Already more than 75 percent of Gulf NOC oil exports are destined for Asian markets, and more than 70 percent of new […]

  • Between progress and challenges: uncertainty for Iran’s energy sector at home and abroad

    By: David Ramin Jalilvand

    In 2017, Iran’s energy industry experienced a slightly better than normal year. Most notably, an international contract was signed with France’s Total and natural gas exports to Iraq were – finally – launched. At the same time, huge challenges remain. Internationally, uncertainty over the future of sanctions relief and the nuclear deal persists. Domestically, a […]

  • Oil and gas in a new Libyan era: conflict and continuity

    By: Richard Barltrop

    Libya has long been an idiosyncratic political and governance context for the oil and gas industry. Since independence in 1951 the country has passed through sharply contrasting periods of politics and governance, each of which has intentionally and unintentionally shaped the industry. In the latest period, since 2011, armed conflict and insecurity – rather than […]

  • Japanese Upstream Oil Investment Strategies – A Case Study of the Gulf

    By: Loftur Thorarinsson

    The research paper discusses the structure of the Japanese upstream oil industry, investment strategies of Japanese market players and attempts to acquire concessions through case studies in the Gulf Cooperation Council, Iran and Iraq. Japan is the 4th largest importer of oil in the world and more than 80% of the 3,37 MMbpd (2015) were […]

  • Industrial Gas Use in Europe

    By: Anouk Honoré

    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 […]

  • A System Dynamics model of gas and power interdependence: the case of the United Kingdom

    By: Donna Peng , Rahmat Poudineh

    The increasing dominance of natural gas in power generation in the UK since the 1990s has led to growing interdependence between its gas and power sectors. From the perspective of the power sector, the security of supply of the natural gas industry has implications on the security of supply of the power industry. Following the […]

  • Marginal Efficiency Effect of Environmental Variables: The Case of the Norwegian Electricity Distribution Networks

    By: Rahmat Poudineh , Anupama Sen

    Efficiency analysis lies at the heart of incentive-based regulation of electricity distribution networks. Most regulatory authorities have graduated from using exclusively ex ante (rate of return based) reviews of firms’ expenditures to relying also on ex post assessments of their costs – the latter are underpinned by benchmarking techniques (Poudineh and Jamasb, 2014). However, an […]

  • Building New Gas Transportation Infrastructure in the EU – what are the ‘rules of the game’?

    By: Katja Yafimava

    This paper will address the issue of construction and usage of incremental and new gas transportation capacity in Europe. It will analyse the existing (Guidelines of Good Practice for Open Seasons, the Energy Infrastructure Package, the 3rd Gas Directive) and draft (ACER Guidance for incremental capacity) regulation, as well as various proposals for development of […]

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