In recent years, the debate on electricity market design in the EU has focused on the fitness-for-purpose of the existing dominant design, the appropriateness of energy policy that underpins the existing market design, and on the process through which energy policy is coordinated with market design. In this paper, we contribute to this debate on […]
As much of the world pushes ahead with the deployment of renewable energy, resource-rich MENA economies are lagging behind. For the region to catch up, new policies are required to remove barriers of entry to the industry and create investment incentives. This paper contends that while the main obstacles to deployment of renewables are grid […]
The objective of this paper is to analyse how contractual stabilization devices have evolved since the late 1990s, based on a survey of 20 countries and a review of the literature and evidence on stabilization clauses. Although fiscal stability is a commonly cited attribute of a desirable upstream petroleum regime, one of the commonly observed […]
The sharp drop in the oil price between June 2014 and January 2015 turned the world’s attention to Saudi Arabia’s role in the oil market and the determinants of its oil output policy. Initial hopes that Saudi Arabia would come to ‘rescue’ and ‘balance’ the market and put a floor under the oil price were […]
For many decades, the Gulf states’ significant oil reserves have rendered the region among the most important energy suppliers in the world, and there is similar potential for the region’s natural gas reserves. However, the Gulf states’ rapidly rising regional consumption has begun to play a critical role in the region’s future export prospects, including […]
This article presents an overview of the impact of the current world economic crisis on natural gas markets in Russia and the CIS. It will discuss two types of changes that reflect broader international trends. First are the initial consequences of the recession that was triggered by the US financial crisis of September 2008: sharp […]
Since at least 2006, concern has been expressed by a number of commentators, both western and Russian, that Gazprom has not invested in future production sufficiently to guarantee that it can meet its market obligations and, particularly, its long term contract export obligations to European customers.1 This argument runs that, although Gazprom may have huge […]
The European Commission has stuck to its guns in proposing ownership unbundling for energy networks. But David Buchan warns that if the Commission’s plans misfire on investment from inside and outside the EU, and create more of a two tier market structure, they would have been better kept in their holster.
In 1974 the thirteen OPEC countries suddenly received record oil revenues of $114 billion . The disposal of that income was as follows: 35% was used to finance imports of goods – mainly consumer goods and the remainder – the current account surplus – was placed abroad, mainly in the form of bank deposits (see […]
Since the first petroleum crisis in 1973-74 oil prices have risen considerably. One reason for this has been that oil consumers have been insensitive to price changes. In the short run it has been difficult to find any viable fuel alternative .
The Economist cites an OIES study: until oil-exporting countries shift economies away from oil, they need to cover… https://t.co/qylvo2LwFw
OIES's @thierry_bros interviewed by Radio Vatican on East Med gas. https://t.co/pRhtO5AtfN
After the Gazprom-Naftogaz arbitration: commerce still entangled in politics https://t.co/Pljui3Ao56