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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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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