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The BP Statistical Review of World Energy is an institution in the energy world. The Stats Review (as we call it) has appeared annually for more than 65 years. Its publication in June, accompanied by an analysis of developments in world energy markets by BP’s chief economist, currently Spencer Dale, is watched closely by energy analysts around the world.

My team and I at Heriot-Watt University’s Centre for Energy Economics Research & Policy (CEERP) have worked with BP’s Economics team since 2007, helping to put together the review by assembling and managing the mountain of data that go into it. Here I discuss how it is done and what goes on behind the scenes.