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We are saddened to share that John H. Lichtblau, one of the three founders of PIRA Energy Group, has passed away. He was 95 years old.

John had a distinguished career as an energy economist, beginning in 1953, when he joined the consulting firm Walter J. Levy. He joined Petroleum Industry Research Foundation, Inc. (PIRINC) — a not-for-profit organization that studies energy economics with special emphasis on oil — in 1955 as research director. In 1976, he co-founded PIRA with Dr. Gary N. Ross and Lawrence J. Goldstein. John remained at PIRA until he retired in 2006.

John also wrote and lectured extensively about petroleum economics and politics and testified frequently about those subjects at Congressional hearings. He was an early advocate of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve — having participated in Senator Henry Jackson’s Senate Hearing on the SPR in 1975 — and the co-author of several reports on the subject published by PIRINC. He also addressed conferences and seminars internationally, including the World Petroleum Congress.

He was a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and from 1971 to 2003 he was a member of the National Petroleum Council, an advisory board appointed by the Secretary of Energy. In 1986, he received the International Association of Energy Economics’ annual award for “outstanding contributions to the profession of energy economics and to its literature.” In 1994 he received the U.S. Association of Energy Economics Annual Senior Fellow Award for “distinguished service in the field of energy economics.”

Without John’s contributions, PIRA could not have become the leading energy market analysis firm that it is today, serving over 500 companies in over 60 countries with an objective, integrated and expert view.


Dr. Gary N. Ross
Global Head of Oil