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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  • The Outlook for Egyptian Gas

    By: Mostefa Ouki

    This paper will assess the supply and demand of gas in Egypt, and will analyse the potential for gas exports to resume. Rising gas demand, encouraged by low domestic prices, combined with a downturn in supply, caused by the volatile political situation, has led to Egypt becoming a gas importer rather than an important LNG […]

  • Steady Growth: Ghana’s Oil Industry in the Lower Price Environment

    By: Monica Skaten

    The discovery of the offshore Jubilee-field in 2007 put Ghana on the map as a commercial oil and gas producer. A decade after the discovery of the Jubilee-field there has been numerous notable events, including three presidential elections, a maritime border dispute and a drastic fall in the price of crude oil. Despite these developments, […]

  • Investigating the Relevance of Market Model Power Sector Reforms – 30 Years On

    By: Anupama Sen , Rahmat Poudineh , Catrina Godinho , Anton Eberhard

    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 […]

  • The Role of Competitive Auctions as a Policy Tool for Renewable Energy Development in Brazil and Mexico

    By: Michael Hochberg

    Competitive tendering schemes have become a preferred method of contracting renewable energy generation capacity internationally. As of early 2015, at least sixty countries had adopted renewable energy tenders, compared to just six countries in 2005 (IRENA). However, there has been little research on the subject compared with the importance and prominence of the issue. The […]

  • 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 […]

  • African Gas Markets

    By: Thierry Bros

    This working paper will investigate a major new source of potential gas demand in a continent where energy poverty remains a key issue. The paper will explore the main issues surrounding the opening of new, but relatively poor, gas markets, discussing the problems of credit-worthiness and lack of infrastructure as important obstacles for suppliers of […]

  • The Outlook for European Gas

    By: Anouk Honoré

    Building on data from 2016, this Energy Insight will analyse the key reasons for the recent rebound in European gas demand and will update the author’s scenarios for future demand over the next two decades. The economic outlook, the cost and availability of alternative fuels and the impact of increasing energy efficiency will also be […]

  • Japanese Upstream Oil Investment Strategies – A Case Study of the Gulf

    By: Loftur Thorarinsson

    The research paper discusses the structure of the Japanese upstream oil industry, investment strategies of Japanese market players and attempts to acquire concessions through case studies in the Gulf Cooperation Council, Iran and Iraq. Japan is the 4th largest importer of oil in the world and more than 80% of the 3,37 MMbpd (2015) were […]

  • Renewables, Energy Efficiency and Natural Gas: No Easy Partnership – The Example of Germany

    By: Ralf Dickel

    The German Energiewende of 2010 amended in 2011 by nuclear phase out by 2022 aimed at a reduction of Green House Gas (GHG) emissions by 80 – 95% by 2050 with clearly defined decennial interim targets. The target by 2020 is reducing GHG emissions by 40% compared to 1990, a share of renewables of at […]

  • 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 […]

  • A System Dynamics model of gas and power interdependence: the case of the United Kingdom

    By: Donna Peng , Rahmat Poudineh

    The increasing dominance of natural gas in power generation in the UK since the 1990s has led to growing interdependence between its gas and power sectors. From the perspective of the power sector, the security of supply of the natural gas industry has implications on the security of supply of the power industry. Following the […]

  • Marginal Efficiency Effect of Environmental Variables: The Case of the Norwegian Electricity Distribution Networks

    By: Rahmat Poudineh , Anupama Sen

    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 […]

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