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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  • Russia’s Heavy Fuel Oil Exports: Challenges and Changing Rules Abroad and at Home

    By: Vitaly Yermakov , James Henderson , Bassam Fattouh

    The key aim of this paper is to explore whether Russian refining sector has the flexibility to deal with the problem by lowering Heavy Fuel Oil output and exports before the mismatch between supply and demand becomes excessive. This paper builds on the research conducted by OIES in 2012. At that time the Russian government […]

  • Challenges for Russian oil production

    By: James Henderson , Ekaterina Grushevenko

    Following a pause as the country complied with the recent OPEC/Non-OPEC deal Russia is set to expand its oil output again. Fields currently under development will see production rise consistently until the early 2020s, but the key question will be whether this can be sustained for the longer term. Existing fields in West Siberia and […]

  • The viability of changing the energy mix in Kuwaiti electricity production: A fiscal assessment

    By: Manal Shehabi

    In an effort to increase oil export revenue and to meet local electricity demands, the Kuwaiti government is planning to replace the majority of crude and petroleum products with imported liquefied natural gas (LNG) in its power generation by 2030.  The basic motivation for this plan is that it will enable freeing crude and petroleum […]

  • Adoption of Renewable Electricity and Energy Storage in MENA

    By: Jonathan Walters

    The proposal is to write a series of papers around the theme of how well-adapted MENA institutions and sector governance are to undertaking and facilitating an economically-optimal energy transition, in the face of increasingly disruptive technologies in the electricity sector (particularly solar, windpower, and energy storage).  By “disruptive” technologies it is meant those technologies whose […]

  • 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 […]

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