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 […]

  • Progress in scaling up Renewable Gas Production

    By: Martin Lambert

    A collaboration between OIES and the Sustainable Gas Institute to assess actual progress in deploying a range of fledgling renewable gas technologies. With growing acceptance of the need for the energy system to be approaching carbon neutrality by 2050, much has been written about the potential for gas to decarbonise.   Various approaches are put forward, […]

  • 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 […]

  • A Reliability-Insurance Based Electricity Market: From Theory to Practice

    By: Farhad Billimoria , Rahmat Poudineh

    In a previous publication in October 2018, we introduced a new electricity market design based on reliability insurance that works as an overlay over the existing energy-only electricity markets.  An insurance based market disaggregates energy and reliability and utilises consumer preference and price signal to drive capacity deployment in the power sector.  While conceptually attractive, […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 Outlook for Russian LNG

    By: James Henderson , Tatiana Mitrova

    Russia is set to become one of the four major players in the global LNG market, with the US, Australia and Qatar. The drive behind this important strategic move is Novatek, which has become the country’s LNG champion with significant support from the Kremlin. This research will outline the key projects in the growth of […]

  • 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 […]

  • Floating LNG and Regasification Update

    By: Brian Songhurst

    Brian Songhurst is preparing an update on his previous publications covering floating liquefaction (NG107) published in 2016 and floating storage and regas terminals (NG123) published in 2017. This will provide information on recent developments including some that were covered in the previous papers but have now been cancelled and why. The update paper will also address some of […]

  • 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 […]