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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  • Canada’s Trapped Natural Gas: Will the country overcome self-inflicted damage and instill regulatory certainty to become a globally competitive LNG player and an exemplar of environmental stewardship?

    By: Peter Findlay

    Earlier this decade, the future for Canadian LNG looked rather bright. The global demand outlook from burgeoning Asian economies was auspicious, LNG prices were underpinned by sustained high global crude prices, and continued amelioration of shale gas drilling techniques unlocked bountiful reserves of economic natural gas in Canada and the US. Over 20 liquefaction projects […]

  • New Asian LNG Demand Markets

    By: Mike Fulwood , Martin Lambert

    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 […]

  • The Future of Networks

    By: Chris N Le Fevre

    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 […]

  • The Outlook for Nigerian Gas and LNG

    By: Claudio Steuer

    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 […]

  • Gas pipeline flows and utilisation rates in Europe

    By: Jack Sharples

    As European imports of Russian gas have reached historical highs since 2016, it has become increasingly important to consider the routes by which that gas is delivered, the extent to which those routes are fully utilised, and the related question of how much spare capacity remains in the system, particularly at times of peak flows. […]

  • Outlook for the Global Gas Balance

    By: Mike Fulwood , Jack Sharples

    The global gas balance is continuously shifting, as demand fluctuates, and new LNG export and import terminals are brought online. Using the OIES Global Gas Model, this research tracks developments in the supply-demand balance, including both ongoing trends in demand relative to the existing supply infrastructure, and likely future developments in terms of both predicted […]

  • Gas and Renewables in the Future Electricity Mix: Friends or Foes?

    By: Anouk Honoré , Anupama Sen

    Policy targets on complete decarbonization of the electricity sector have significant implications for the role of gas in the future electricity mix. Historical data from Europe shows that renewables have increased most rapidly within electricity in those countries which had the highest ability to integrate them, primarily through the presence of fossil fuel backup. However, […]

  • Natural Gas in Taiwan: Key Challenges and New Narrative beyond 2025

    By: Chung-Han Yang

    This research aims to examine whether natural gas can and will become a much more substantial energy source in Taiwan. An assessment will be conducted on Taiwan’s policy and regulatory frameworks for market liberalisation, LNG trade and energy innovation (especially biogas, biomethane, Power-to-Gas (P2G) and other storage technologies). It seeks to anticipate new patterns in […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • Challenges for Industrial Gas Demand in Central Europe

    By: Zuzana Princova

    The Central European gas market is going through a period of substantial change and uncertainty, and this is a challenging environment for the countries and companies involved in these gas markets. This paper will explore the specific situation of the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Poland. The power sector’s share in gas demand in Central Europe […]