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      The Value of Storage in Electricity Generation: A Qualitative and Quantitative Review

      The Value of Storage in Electricity Generation: A Qualitative and Quantitative Review

      Amro Elshurafa

      Electricity storage technology has many useful applications in the energy sector and can complement variable renewable power generation to achieve a low-carbon future. For policymakers, utilities, and investors, effective decisions in this context require an understanding of how to determine the monetary value of storage.

      Amro Elshurafa Elshurafa, Amro
      26th November 2020
      Unlocking the Asian Market for Canadian Oil Producers

      Unlocking the Asian Market for Canadian Oil Producers

      Malik Selemankhel

      On Friday, September 23, 2020, United States (U.S.) President Donald Trump gave the green light to a 2,570 kilometer (km) rail link proposed by the private company Alberta to Alaska (A2A). According to A2A, the rail link will be able…

      Malik Selemankhel Selemankhel, Malik
      26th November 2020
      World’s First Blue Ammonia Shipment Signals Prospective New Low-Carbon Energy Trade for Saudi Arabia

      World’s First Blue Ammonia Shipment Signals Prospective New Low-Carbon Energy Trade for Saudi Arabia

      Rami Shabaneh, Majed A. Al Suwailem, Jitendra Roychoudhury

      On September 27, 2020, Saudi Aramco successfully exported the world’s first shipment of carbon-neutral ammonia to Japan, helping to fuel the nascent Japanese hydrogen economy. This pilot shipment of 40 tonnes is an important realization of the hydrogen economy for…

      Rami Shabaneh Shabaneh, Rami
      Majed A. Al Suwailem Al Suwailem, Majed A.
      Jitendra Roychoudhury Roychoudhury, Jitendra
      26th November 2020
      Energy Security and Portfolio Diversification: The Exporter’s Perspective
      Regional Energy Markets

      Energy Security and Portfolio Diversification: The Exporter’s Perspective

      Philipp Galkin, Carlo Andrea Bollino

      Despite the increasing attention paid to energy security and the continuously broadening scope of the field, the perspective of energy importing countries (i.e., supply security) has overshadowed that of exporters, who seek to ensure demand security. As official statements and…

      Philipp Galkin Galkin, Philipp
      Carlo Andrea Bollino Bollino, Carlo Andrea
      25th November 2020
      Opportunities for Natural Gas Trade and Infrastructure in the GCC
      Future of Natural Gas Markets

      Opportunities for Natural Gas Trade and Infrastructure in the GCC

      Despite the common interests, markets, and economic policies among Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, their energy cooperation has been modest. GCC countries hold 20% of the world’s gas reserves. The Dolphin gas pipeline, connecting Qatar to the United Arab Emirates…

      16th November 2020
      KAPSARC Oil Market Outlook
      Future of Global Oil Markets

      KAPSARC Oil Market Outlook

      The global oil market moved into deficit in the third quarter of this year and is expected to remain in deficit during the next eight quarters. We expect the deficit to range between 3.4 – 0.1 million barrels per day…

      29th October 2020
      China’s Green Freight Policy
      Future of Transport and Fuel Demand

      China’s Green Freight Policy

      Shuxue Chen, Xun Xu

      In September 2019, China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), together with the Ministry of National Resources, the Ministry of Transport, the National Railway Administration, and the State Railway Group, issued the policy announcement, “Guiding opinions on accelerating the development…

      Shuxue Chen Shuxue Chen
      Xun Xu Xu, Xun
      13th October 2020
      Saudi Electricity Demand Drops for the First Time on Record
      Electricity Sector Transitions

      Saudi Electricity Demand Drops for the First Time on Record

      Salaheddine Soummane

      Since 1990, Saudi Arabia’s electricity consumption has risen rapidly and consistently, at an average rate of around 6% per year. This growth rate is considerably high when compared with the global average growth rate of 3% and 4.8% in developed…

      Salaheddine Soummane Soummane, Salaheddine
      12th October 2020
      Can Cooperation Enhance Natural Gas Utilization in the GCC?
      Future of Natural Gas Markets

      Can Cooperation Enhance Natural Gas Utilization in the GCC?

      Rami Shabaneh, Bertrand Rioux, Steve Griffiths

      The last decade saw dramatic changes in the energy sector, including the shale oil and gas boom in the United States (U.S.), a commodity down-cycle, and heightened awareness of the global climate challenge. In response, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)…

      Rami Shabaneh Shabaneh, Rami
      Bertrand Rioux Rioux, Bertrand
      Steve Griffiths Griffiths, Steve
      12th October 2020
      Fiscal Multipliers for Saudi Arabia Revisited
      Models, Data and Tools

      Fiscal Multipliers for Saudi Arabia Revisited

      H.E. Dr. Majid Al Moneef, Fakhri Hasanov

      Fiscal policy lies at the heart of key macroeconomic and budgetary decisions and is central to understanding the dynamics of oil rich economies. Fiscal multipliers, including spending multipliers, indicate how changes to fiscal policy can stimulate economic growth, to what…

      H.E. Dr. Majid Al Moneef H.E. Dr. Majid Al Moneef
      Fakhri Hasanov Hasanov, Fakhri
      5th October 2020
      Electricity Sector Liberalization in Egypt: Features, Challenges and Opportunities for Market Integration
      Electricity Sector Transitions

      Electricity Sector Liberalization in Egypt: Features, Challenges and Opportunities for Market Integration

      Shahid Hasan, Turki Alaqeel, Hafez El-Salmawy

      KAPSARC has initiated a research project to develop insights that can facilitate the establishment of a well-functioning integrated electricity market comprising the member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). It aims to assess the key issues affecting electricity market…

      Shahid Hasan Hasan, Shahid
      Turki Alaqeel Alaqeel, Turki
      Hafez El-Salmawy Hafez El-Salmawy
      5th October 2020
      Natural Gas Utilization in GCC Countries
      Future of Natural Gas Markets

      Natural Gas Utilization in GCC Countries

      Majed A. Al Suwailem, Abdullah Aldayel

      Between 2009 and 2019, marketed gas production by Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) members has grown at an average rate of 4.8% per annum, from 265 billion standard cubic meters in 2009 to 422 billion standard cubic meters (Bscm) in 2019.…

      Majed A. Al Suwailem Al Suwailem, Majed A.
      Abdullah Aldayel Aldayel, Abdullah
      22nd September 2020
      Supply-side Climate Policy for Crude Oil Producers
      Climate Change Policies and Governance

      Supply-side Climate Policy for Crude Oil Producers

      Paul Zakkour, Wolfgang Heidug

      This paper considers the potential for supply-side climate policy to increase climate action, with a focus on crude oil producers and exporting countries. To date, supply-side policies have not been widely used in efforts to tackle climate change, and the…

      Paul Zakkour Zakkour, Paul
      Wolfgang Heidug Heidug, Wolfgang
      21st September 2020
      On the Incremental Investment in Residential Energy Efficiency: A Saudi Perspective
      Electricity Sector Transitions

      On the Incremental Investment in Residential Energy Efficiency: A Saudi Perspective

      Walid Matar

      It has been shown in the literature that, in aggregate, actual household energy efficiency adoption is less than would be expected economically. Energy economists and policy analysts have described this phenomenon as the ‘energy efficiency gap.’ There could be myriad…

      Walid Matar Matar, Walid
      14th September 2020
      Saudi Arabia’s Gas Flaring Mitigation Experience

      Saudi Arabia’s Gas Flaring Mitigation Experience

      Majed A. Al Suwailem

      Gas is envisaged as the fuel of choice in the power sector and is the ideal fuel to help transition toward clean, sustainable, and affordable energy access. As vital as gas is for electricity generation, the petrochemical industry, the transportation…

      Majed A. Al Suwailem Al Suwailem, Majed A.
      14th September 2020