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Temperature Trends Across Cities in Saudi Arabia
Electricity Sector Transitions

Temperature Trends Across Cities in Saudi Arabia

Turki Alaqeel, Nawaz Peerbocus

KAPSARC examined temperature data for 11 cities spread across Saudi Arabia over 10 years. Except for Makkah, all cities in Saudi Arabia were warmer in 2018 compared with the national 10-year average. 

Turki Alaqeel Alaqeel, Turki
Nawaz Peerbocus Peerbocus, Nawaz
September 15, 2019
The Challenges in Measuring Global Oil Production
Future of Global Oil Markets

The Challenges in Measuring Global Oil Production

Timely and accurate oil production data is critical for understanding both the short-term oil market and for global energy balances. In the absence of reliable official data from many key oil producing countries, oil market analysts rely on a range…

September 12, 2019
US Rolls Back Regulation but the Oil Industry Moves Forward
Climate Change Policies and Governance

US Rolls Back Regulation but the Oil Industry Moves Forward

Paul Mollet

On August 28, 2019, the United States (U.S.) Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed a series of amendments to Obama-era environmental regulations covering greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions that it claims will save the oil and gas industry millions of dollars in…

Paul Mollet Mollet, Paul
September 12, 2019
Aramco and Reliance: Alliance Between Giants
Future of Natural Gas Markets

Aramco and Reliance: Alliance Between Giants

Kaushik Deb

India’s Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) announced at its 42nd annual general meeting that it had signed a letter of intent to sell a 20% stake in RIL’s chemicals, refining and fuel marketing (oil-to-chemicals [O2C]) business to Saudi Aramco in a…

Kaushik Deb Deb, Kaushik
September 9, 2019
Assessing Energy Policy Instruments: LNG Imports Into Saudi Arabia
Future of Natural Gas Markets

Assessing Energy Policy Instruments: LNG Imports Into Saudi Arabia

Rami Shabaneh, Maxime Schenckery

Natural gas is already playing a prominent role in diversifying Saudi Arabia’s power mix away from a heavy reliance on oil-based fuels. Between 2010 and 2017, the share of natural gas used in power generation in Saudi Arabia grew from…

Rami Shabaneh Shabaneh, Rami
Maxime Schenckery Schenckery, Maxime
September 2, 2019
Is the Time Ripe for Private Investment in Interconnections in the MENA Region?
Electricity Sector Transitions

Is the Time Ripe for Private Investment in Interconnections in the MENA Region?

Shahid Hasan

Efforts to integrate power systems and markets in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries and the wider Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region are gaining momentum. With rapidly growing regional electricity demand, the development of an integrated electricity market…

Shahid Hasan Hasan, Shahid
September 2, 2019
Gasoline Price Reform in Saudi Arabia
Productivity and Economic Diversification

Gasoline Price Reform in Saudi Arabia

Anwar Gasim, Mohammad Aldubyan

Saudi Arabia has been adjusting gasoline prices on a quarterly basis since the start of 2019, with the most recent adjustment occurring on July 14, 2019. These adjustments depend on changes in international oil prices, and are smaller than the…

Anwar Gasim Gasim, Anwar
Mohammad Aldubyan Aldubyan, Mohammad
September 1, 2019
KAPSARC’s Contribution to Evaluating the Impact of Price Controls
Regional Energy Markets Models, Data and Tools

KAPSARC’s Contribution to Evaluating the Impact of Price Controls

Axel Pierru, Walid Matar

The European Journal of Operational Research has just published a paper, “Measuring the effects of price controls using mixed complementarity models” (2019). It detailed a series of innovative modeling approaches developed by KAPSARC researchers over the last six years. The…

Axel Pierru Pierru, Axel
Walid Matar Matar, Walid
September 1, 2019
Finding a Viable Path to Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Climate Change Policies and Governance

Finding a Viable Path to Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Keigo Akimoto, Jun Arima, Mustafa Babiker, Mark Caine, David Hobbs, Eija-Riitta Korhola, Adam Sieminski, Nico Stehr, Hiroyuki Tezuka, Masakazu Toyoda, Eric Williams

A viable, least-cost pathway to a low greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions future must lie within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Paris Agreement. The rulebook for the Agreement was in many ways rewritten at the 2018 United…

Keigo Akimoto Keigo Akimoto
Jun Arima Jun Arima
Mustafa Babiker Mustafa Babiker
Mark Caine Mark Caine
David Hobbs Hobbs, David
Eija-Riitta Korhola Eija-Riitta Korhola
Adam Sieminski Adam Sieminski
Nico Stehr Nico Stehr
Hiroyuki Tezuka Hiroyuki Tezuka
Masakazu Toyoda Masakazu Toyoda
Eric Williams Williams, Eric
August 29, 2019
Techno-Economics of Solar PV on Mosque Rooftops: Results from a Pilot Study in Saudi Arabia
Electricity Sector Transitions

Techno-Economics of Solar PV on Mosque Rooftops: Results from a Pilot Study in Saudi Arabia

Amro Elshurafa, Abdullah Alsubaie, Ayman Alabduljabbar, Shafi Al-Hsaien

There are an estimated 3.5 million mosques worldwide. The relatively large surface area of most mosque rooftops and their ubiquity in the Muslim world make them excellent candidates for solar photovoltaic (PV) installations. Muslims congregate for prayers at mosques five…

Amro Elshurafa Elshurafa, Amro
Abdullah Alsubaie Abdullah Alsubaie
Ayman Alabduljabbar Ayman Alabduljabbar
Shafi Al-Hsaien Shafi Al-Hsaien
August 28, 2019
The Political Feasibility of Enhancing Greenhouse Gas Emissions Targets in the European Union’s Mid-Century Strategy
Climate Change Policies and Governance

The Political Feasibility of Enhancing Greenhouse Gas Emissions Targets in the European Union’s Mid-Century Strategy

AlJawhara Al Quayid, Saleh Al Muhanna, Paul Mollet

Article 4.19 of the 2015 Paris Agreement calls on signatories to formulate and communicate “long-term low greenhouse gas development strategies,” widely known as the mid-century strategy (MCS). Any enhancement of the European Union’s (EU’s) targets in its MCS depends on…

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Al Quayid, AlJawhara
Saleh Al Muhanna Al Muhanna, Saleh
Paul Mollet Mollet, Paul
August 22, 2019
India’s Oil Imports: Achilles’ Heel or Economic Javelin?
Future of Transport and Fuel Demand

India’s Oil Imports: Achilles’ Heel or Economic Javelin?

Yagyavalk Bhatt, Paul Mollet, Jitendra Roychoudhury

Presenting India’s 2019 budget on July 5, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman sketched out the Modi government’s vision of becoming a $5 trillion economy by 2024, almost doubling the country’s current gross domestic product (GDP) of $2.73 trillion. To achieve this…

Yagyavalk Bhatt Bhatt, Yagyavalk
Paul Mollet Mollet, Paul
Jitendra Roychoudhury Roychoudhury, Jitendra
August 21, 2019
How does Saudi Arabia’s recent energy performance compare with other G20 countries?
Electricity Sector Transitions

How does Saudi Arabia’s recent energy performance compare with other G20 countries?

Baltasar Manzano, Rolando Fuentes, Nicholas Howarth

The 68th annual edition of the BP Statistical Review, released recently, is a comprehensive account and analysis of global energy data. Saudi Arabia will be hosting the G20 summit in 2020, and the release of BP’s annual compilation provides a good opportunity…

Baltasar Manzano Manzano, Baltasar
Rolando Fuentes Fuentes, Rolando
Nicholas Howarth Howarth, Nicholas
August 20, 2019
Paris Agreement CCS Policy and Mechanisms
Climate Change Policies and Governance

Paris Agreement CCS Policy and Mechanisms

Carbon capture and storage (CCS) is one of a limited number of ways to reach the Paris Agreement’s objective of net-zero carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in the second half of this century. The world’s remaining carbon budget of 900 gigatonnes (Gt) will…

July 29, 2019
Impact of China’s Plug-In Electric Vehicle Subsidy Reduction
Future of Transport and Fuel Demand

Impact of China’s Plug-In Electric Vehicle Subsidy Reduction

Tamara Sheldon, Rubal Dua

China, the world’s largest emitter of carbon dioxide, has set ambitious climate goals. These include reducing the carbon intensity of its 2005 gross domestic product (GDP) by 40-45% by 2020 and by 60-65% by 2030 (Xu, Chen, and Chen 2017). A key…

Tamara Sheldon Sheldon, Tamara
Rubal Dua Dua, Rubal
July 17, 2019
How to Empower Saudi Women in the Labor Force?
Productivity and Economic Diversification

How to Empower Saudi Women in the Labor Force?

Cian Mulligan

In the week when Saudi Arabia celebrated its first anniversary of women drivers in the Kingdom and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman accepted the chair of the G20 summit for 2020, G20 countries – including Saudi Arabia – reaffirmed their commitment to…

Cian Mulligan Mulligan, Cian
July 7, 2019
Gas Demand Growth Beyond Power Generation
Future of Natural Gas Markets

Gas Demand Growth Beyond Power Generation

Kaushik Deb

Highlighting the main trends that have made natural gas the world’s fastest growing fossil fuel, this paper identifies sectors and regions where gas demand is likely to grow in the coming years — especially outside of the power generation sector…

Kaushik Deb Deb, Kaushik
May 31, 2019
Oman Electricity Sector: Features, Challenges and Opportunities for Market Integration
Regional Energy Markets

Oman Electricity Sector: Features, Challenges and Opportunities for Market Integration

Shahid Hasan, Turki Alaqeel, Yagyavalk Bhatt, Abdullah Al-Badi, Mohammed Al-Badi

This discussion paper is part of a KAPSARC research project initiated to develop insights that can facilitate the creation of a well-functioning integrated electricity market comprising the member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). The project identifies and examines…

Shahid Hasan Hasan, Shahid
Turki Alaqeel Alaqeel, Turki
Yagyavalk Bhatt Bhatt, Yagyavalk
Abdullah Al-Badi Abdullah Al-Badi
Mohammed Al-Badi Mohammed Al-Badi
May 29, 2019
An Economic Analysis of China’s Domestic Crude Oil Supply Policies
Models, Data and Tools

An Economic Analysis of China’s Domestic Crude Oil Supply Policies

Bertrand Rioux, Philipp Galkin, Kang Wu

China’s domestic oil production has lagged the rapid growth in the country’s oil consumption since 2000, leading to a large, and growing, reliance on crude imports to meet demand. Factors including China’s current market structure and regulatory environment impede further…

Bertrand Rioux Rioux, Bertrand
Philipp Galkin Galkin, Philipp
Kang Wu Wu, Kang
May 28, 2019