Research

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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  • A review of demand prospects for Natural Gas as a transport fuel

    By: Chris N Le Fevre

    In 2014, OIES published a paper in on the prospects for gas in the transportation sector with particular focus on Europe. This paper will update that research and take a global perspective with particular focus on using LNG in the marine sector where environmental restrictions are pushing ship owners and operators to consider alternatives to […]

  • The Outlook for Nigerian Gas

    By: Claudio Steuer

    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 […]

  • North American LNG

    By: Howard Rogers

    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 […]

  • Norwegian Gas Supply

    By: Marshall Hall

    As Europe’s most important source of indigenous gas supply, Norway is a vital part of the region’s energy balance, but the outlook for future production has often been seen as rather obscure. This paper attempts to rectify that situation with a detailed assessment of the upstream potential in the seas offshore Norway, by reviewing the […]

  • The Future of Gas in the Heat Sector in the UK and Europe

    By: Malcolm Keay , Anouk Honoré

    Over the past decade the future of gas has largely been analysed through the lens of the power generation sector. However, over the longer term the role of gas in the heat sector will be of equal importance, especially as the impact of environmental issues and regulation increases. In two papers the authors analyse the […]

  • Turkey’s Gas Supply Options

    By: Gulmira Rzayeva

    As gas demand has risen in Turkey, so the country has had to diversify its supply option, given that there is almost no indigenous supply. This paper attempts to understand the current Turkish gas supply strategy, assessing its options from Russia, Azerbaijan, Iran, Kurdistan and the global LNG market. This is a particularly important topic […]

  • The Chinese Gas Market

    By: Michael Xiaobao Chen , Stephen O'Sullivan , Jinfeng Sun

    The direction of the Chinese gas market, both from a supply and demand perspective, will be vital in establishing the future shape of the global gas market. In a series of papers the Natural Gas Programme will be analysing the upstream potential for gas production in China (conventional and unconventional), the impact of policy measures […]

  • The Outlook for Egyptian Gas

    By: Mostefa Ouki

    This paper will assess the supply and demand of gas in Egypt, and will analyse the potential for gas exports to resume. Rising gas demand, encouraged by low domestic prices, combined with a downturn in supply, caused by the volatile political situation, has led to Egypt becoming a gas importer rather than an important LNG […]

  • African Gas Markets

    By: Thierry Bros

    This working paper will investigate a major new source of potential gas demand in a continent where energy poverty remains a key issue. The paper will explore the main issues surrounding the opening of new, but relatively poor, gas markets, discussing the problems of credit-worthiness and lack of infrastructure as important obstacles for suppliers of […]

  • The Outlook for European Gas

    By: Anouk Honoré

    Building on data from 2016, this Energy Insight will analyse the key reasons for the recent rebound in European gas demand and will update the author’s scenarios for future demand over the next two decades. The economic outlook, the cost and availability of alternative fuels and the impact of increasing energy efficiency will also be […]

  • Renewables, Energy Efficiency and Natural Gas: No Easy Partnership – The Example of Germany

    By: Ralf Dickel

    The German Energiewende of 2010 amended in 2011 by nuclear phase out by 2022 aimed at a reduction of Green House Gas (GHG) emissions by 80 – 95% by 2050 with clearly defined decennial interim targets. The target by 2020 is reducing GHG emissions by 40% compared to 1990, a share of renewables of at […]

  • 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 […]

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