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.
It is well accepted that markets are the most effective arena for organising productive activities. In the liberalisation of electricity sectors the role for government was envisioned as that of the “night watchman” that intervenes in the market only when the latter fails to allocate scare resources efficiently or when the operation of the market […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 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 […]
This paper provides a critical review of the economic basis of the OECD power sector model, interrogating its relevance for desired sector outcomes in both developed and developing countries. The paper finds that the OECD model – as well as the related non-OECD standard model – has not been implemented in its ideal form in […]
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 […]
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 […]
Efficiency analysis lies at the heart of incentive-based regulation of electricity distribution networks. Most regulatory authorities have graduated from using exclusively ex ante (rate of return based) reviews of firms’ expenditures to relying also on ex post assessments of their costs – the latter are underpinned by benchmarking techniques (Poudineh and Jamasb, 2014). However, an […]
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 […]
OIES presentation on oil market outlook: Balance of risks indicates that an unexpected slowdown in global activity… https://t.co/5NnHV2GtbS
Economic Diversification in the Context of Peak Oil and the Energy Transition https://t.co/mVi1REW4e2
OIES study quoted on how Convention on Caspian Sea may boost regional energy cooperation: Several issues remain inc… https://t.co/5Cm4Ql285S