Publications

The Energy Company and its Associates play a key role in developing expertise and sharing knowledge within the oil, gas and LNG industry. We have played key roles in the publication of many industry standard reports, books and white papers.

You can purchase these publications now by following the links below.

UK & European Gas Market Reviews 2015

The Energy Contract Company has published its UK Gas Market Review since 1996. For many years it has provided its readers with a unique insight into the development of the gas market in Britain.

With the growing integration of gas markets in Europe, we have decided to expand this into a European Gas Market Review. This will cover the markets in the UK, Germany, the Netherlands, France, and Italy.

For those companies interested solely in the UK we will continue to publish a UK Gas Market Review.  

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The European Gas Market Review will cover the following key aspects of the gas market in Europe:-

  • The spot market prices from 2013 to 2015.
  • Recent development in all of the European markets, in terms of gas demand, regulation, new supply, new infrastructure, gas pricing and new import contracts.
  • Forecast of gas demand up to 2025 or 2030 in all of the key markets. This will highlight the influence of Electricity market reform and Shale gas prospects in the UK.
  • Forecasts of Pipeline gas supplies for Europe over the next two decades. Will new supplies be available from Central Asia and the Middle East?
  • An assessment of the changing World LNG market and its implications for Europe. Will LNG imports return to Europe in the near future?
  • Our conclusions on the development of the European gas market up to 2030.
  • An assessment of where Europe now stands in the transition from oil based pricing in long term contracts to the use of Hub pricing.
  • We have also extended our price forecast coverage.  The 2015 Review will include an analysis of prices in the TTF, GasPool/NCG and PSV Markets as well as NBP.  Forecasts of these prices up to 2020 are also included.

Prices: £1,999 plus VAT for the UK Gas Market Review 2015 and £2,999 plus VAT for the European Gas Market Review 2015.

The 2015 UK Gas Market Review is now available to purchase.  The European Gas Market Review will be published shortly.  They both show what is likely to happen to the market over the next two decades.

If you are interested in either of the 2015 Gas Market Reviews, please contact Sarah Busby on 020 8891 2905 or email her at sbusby@energy-contract.com for more information.
 

ECC Insight:  The Barents Sea

Will the region become a dominant new oil and gas province?

In general, economic exploitation of Barents Sea resources has been inhibited by the substantial production of gas from the Norwegian North and Norwegian Seas which, until now, has comfortably met market requirements. However, with declining reserves in the existing fields upon which Norwegian exports depend so heavily, Norway must now develop the frontier areas of the Barents Sea in order to maintain its strategic position as a key gas exporter to Europe.

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In general, economic exploitation of Barents Sea resources has been inhibited by the substantial production of gas from the Norwegian North and Norwegian Seas which, until now, has comfortably met market requirements. However, with declining reserves in the existing fields upon which Norwegian exports depend so heavily, Norway must now develop the frontier areas of the Barents Sea in order to maintain its strategic position as a key gas exporter to Europe.

So far, the only Barents Sea field in operation is the Statoil-operated Snøhvit gas field, which sees the field’s gas piped to shore, cooled and exported as LNG. However, discoveries elsewhere in the region fail to provide a sufficient basis upon which to expand and/or maintain existing infrastructure. For example, based on producers’ reported capacity needs, larger gas feed volumes are required to maintain current capacity at the Kårstø central processing facility, the uncertainty of which could hinder further exploration and development in the Barents Sea.

Working with clients involved in the region, the Energy Contract Company (ECC) has analysed Norway’s current and proposed gas infrastructure and the likely transportation options to be developed for the Barents Sea resources which are required to commercialise the region’s vast gas and oil (with associated gas) resources.

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ECC Insight: UK Shale Gas

Shale gas could change the face of the UK energy market in the long-term

With the UK Government’s recent decision to allow the resumption of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, used to tap the country’s potentially huge shale gas reserves – albeit subject to stringent regulatory controls – the prospects of a “cheap” source of gas and concerns over possible environmental impacts continue to spark debates over its place in the future UK energy mix.

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The Energy Contract Company (ECC) sees significant potential for the UK to economically develop its shale gas reserves; however such reserves will not in the near future offer a cheap source of natural gas to the UK market. A repeat of the success experienced in the US over the last few years is therefore highly unlikely. Nevertheless, ECC believes shale gas will provide the UK with a long-term, economic source of large quantities of gas, along with significant and wide-ranging economic benefits, associated in particular with new investment and job creation.

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UK Shale Gas - An Assessment of Production and Reserve Potential (2012)

ECC’s new publication on UK Shale Gas is an in depth multi-client study which makes invaluable reading to any company or organisation which is looking to understand the potential of Shale Gas in the UK.

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The Energy Contract Company has carried out an in depth multi-client study on Shale Gas in the UK.  The report has investigated, researched and analysed the following key areas:

  • The potential difference between US and UK Shale Gas Development
  • Geological assessment of UK Shale Gas potential, together with a summary of the geological assessment of the UK Bowland Shale
  • Environmental issues associated with Shale Gas development in the UK
  • Development of the Lancashire Bowland Shale
  • Development of the Bowland Shale across the UK

The flyer for which can be found here

To purchase a copy of this report or to discuss the content in more detail, please email sbusby@energy-contract.com

 

The Technical and Legal Guide to Global Hydrocarbons - Book 1

The first of three books in the series The Technical and Legal Guide to Global Hydrocarbons. This book examines the evolution of the world petroleum industry, how it looks today and the trends that are anticipated to shape the industry over the next thirty years.

The book will be of particular interest to international and national oil and gas company staff; staff in service and energy technology industries; government representatives responsible for the energy sectors; non-technical professionals; and students who need a better understanding of this vital global industry.

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The Energy Contract Company were delighted to be approached by Stronachs and, as leading industry experts, asked to write three chapters towards this publication.

The book aims to give readers an insight into how hydrocarbons, a vital resource, are traded and transported throughout the world in what is known as the ‘mid-stream’ and ‘downstream’ sectors of the petroleum industry.

Some of the important topics covered include:

  • Key players in the oil and gas markets
  • Oil and gas pricing and its link to world politics and events
  • The changing role of OPEC and national oil companies
  • Conventional and unconventional sources of oil and gas
  • Valuation, trading and marketing of crude oil
  • Transportation of crude oil to refineries
  • Understanding refinery processes
  • Natural gas marketing and trading
  • Underground gas storage
  • Conversion of natural gas to LNG and its subsequent transportation and marketing

 

For each of these key topics, the technical aspects are summarised and an overview of the critical associated legal and commercial issues is provided.

For more information or to purchase a copy please click http://www.aberlour-press.com