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May 27th, 2011

Thurber discusses how Asian countries can strike balance on gas

At the Pacific Energy Summit 2011 in Jakarta, PESD associate director Mark Thurber talked about how Asian countries can strike the right balance of encouraging domestic gas demand without deterring new supply. Thurber also moderated sessions on the design of natural gas markets in Asia and the role of gas in Indonesia’s economic growth in particular.




March 1st, 2011

Thurber quoted in Jakarta Post

in the news: The Jakarta Post on February 24, 2011

In order for Indonesia to meet its increasing domestic demand for liquefied natural gas (LNG), the country (one of the largest LNG producers) is gearing up to start importing up to 4.5 million tons of LNG annually. Read more »



December 13th, 2010

Nolan and Thurber identify risk as a major driver of whether countries use private or state-owned oil companies

In a new working paper, PESD affiliate Peter A. Nolan and associate director Mark Thurber find that considerations of risk help explain why oil-rich states may choose international oil companies rather than state-controlled enterprises to find and extract oil in "frontier" territories. +PDF+
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November 29th, 2010

Global Underdevelopment Action Fund awards six grants to projects addressing global underdevelopment

The Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) at Stanford University has awarded six Global Underdevelopment Action Fund grants for interdisciplinary research aimed at tackling persistent problems of global underdevelopment. The projects will focus on early-stage, multidisciplinary, and policy-relevant research, and are all required to have a training component for Stanford undergraduate or graduate students. Read more »



September 10th, 2010

PESD releases study of Nigeria's national oil company NNPC

Announcement

Nigeria's national oil company NNPC is at the center of a profoundly dysfunctional oil sector in a country that some argue embodies the "resource curse." In a new study, PESD Associate Director Mark Thurber and PESD affiliated researchers Ify Emelife and Patrick Heller find that NNPC's persistent underperformance stems from its role as the linchpin of a sophisticated and durable system of patronage. Read more »




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News around the web

RI to import 4.5m tons of LNG starting in 2013
An energy expert from Stanford University in the United States, Mark C. Thurber, said Indonesia needed to gradually increase the price of gas for industrial users in order to encourage gas exploration activities. "A strategy that some companies have ...
February 24, 2011 in Jakarta Post

Next-generation power grid research funded by Stanford
Frank Wolak and Mark Thurber — who run the Program on Energy and Sustainable Development at Stanford's Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies ...
November 18, 2010 in Stanford Report