• Initiative -
  • Type Workshop
  • Date 22nd June 2020
  • Time 3:00 pm – 5:20 pm
  • Language -

Workshop

Co-hosted With Khalifa University and International Association for Energy Economics (IAEE)

Natural gas has been instrumental in meeting growing power demand in Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries and establishing industrial bases that have contributed to their economic growth. Within the last decade, regional gas demand has grown by 100 billion cubic meters (bcm), placing GCC countries among the largest gas consumers per capita globally. After the significant drop in oil prices in 2014-15, there was an apparent shift by GCC members to increase their gas utilization, setting ambitious targets for the development of their abundant non-associated gas reserves. So far, these gas strategies have been set by individual countries. However, could stronger cooperation among the GCC members foster a more efficient monetization of their gas resources? In the past, they have pursued joint infrastructure projects to promote regional integration, successfully forming a regional power grid as a result. This workshop will bring together regional and international stakeholders to investigate current strategies for developing the GCC’s existing gas markets, the prospects for a GCC gas grid, and how such a gas grid could integrate with the gas markets of neighboring countries beyond the GCC. The discussion will focus on opportunities and challenges for natural gas trade and infrastructure in the GCC as well as potential policy and institutional frameworks.

Speakers

Ahmed Ali Al-Ebrahim

Ahmed Ali Al-Ebrahim

Chief Executive Officer of GCC Interconnection Authority

Leila Benali

Leila Benali

International Expert in Energy and Strategic Planning

Deb, Kaushik

Kaushik Deb

Research Fellow

Kenneth Medlock III

Kenneth Medlock III

Senior Director of the Center for Energy Studies at Rice University

Robin Mills

Robin Mills

Expert on Energy Strategy and Economics

Paddy Padmanathan

Paddy Padmanathan

Seasoned Engineering and Energy Expert

Rioux, Bertrand

Bertrand Rioux

Senior Research Associate

Christof Rühl

Christof Rühl

Internationally Renowned Economist

Shabaneh, Rami

Rami Shabaneh

Senior Research Associate

Masakazu Toyoda

Masakazu Toyoda

Chairman and CEO at the Institute of Energy Economics (IEEJ), Japan

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