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      The Prospect of Unconventional Gas Development in Saudi Arabia

      The Prospect of Unconventional Gas Development in Saudi Arabia

      Rami Shabaneh, Majed A. Al Suwailem

      In February 2020, Saudi Aramco announced that it obtained regulatory approval to develop the Jafurah Basin, Saudi Arabia’s largest unconventional natural gas field (Figure 1). Situated east of the giant Ghawar oilfield, it contains 200 trillion cubic feet (tcf) of…

      Rami Shabaneh Shabaneh, Rami
      Majed A. Al Suwailem Al Suwailem, Majed A.
      19th April 2020
      Crude Oil and Refined Products
      Future of Natural Gas Markets Future of Global Oil Markets

      Crude Oil and Refined Products

      Rami Shabaneh, Abdullah Aldayel

      The power sector in Saudi Arabia makes up just over half of the natural gas demand in the Kingdom, followed by the industrial sector and non-energy use as a feedstock for petrochemicals.

      Rami Shabaneh Shabaneh, Rami
      Abdullah Aldayel Aldayel, Abdullah
      6th April 2020
      Assessing the Gas Market Potential in India
      Future of Natural Gas Markets

      Assessing the Gas Market Potential in India

      India faces a pressing energy shortage. Despite rapid economic development, a large section of the population has little or no access to electricity, while the cost, reliability and availability of power constrain growth and investment in key sectors. As a…

      8th March 2020
      Natural Gas Strategies for the Saudi Energy System
      Future of Natural Gas Markets

      Natural Gas Strategies for the Saudi Energy System

      Walid Matar, Rami Shabaneh

      Fuel prices in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia have historically been below international market values. This has stimulated rapid growth in primary energy demand. The Kingdom’s natural gas demand has now outstripped its domestic production, forcing the government to impose…

      Walid Matar Matar, Walid
      Rami Shabaneh Shabaneh, Rami
      13th January 2020
      India’s Push to Renegotiate Long-Term LNG Contracts
      Future of Natural Gas Markets

      India’s Push to Renegotiate Long-Term LNG Contracts

      Kaushik Deb, Rami Shabaneh

      On August 26, 2019, India’s petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan announced that he would consider “a review of liquefied natural gas (LNG) prices under [India’s] long-term contracts”. However, Mr. Pradhan did not lay out a timeline for the review and reiterated…

      Kaushik Deb Deb, Kaushik
      Rami Shabaneh Shabaneh, Rami
      8th December 2019
      Viability of Seasonal Natural Gas Storage in the Saudi Energy System
      Future of Natural Gas Markets

      Viability of Seasonal Natural Gas Storage in the Saudi Energy System

      Walid Matar, Rami Shabaneh

      Saudi Arabia expects to double its natural gas production within the next decade. This increased domestic supply is expected to meet the demand for gas from Saudi Arabia’s industrial development and, most importantly, to displace liquid fuels in its electricity…

      Walid Matar Matar, Walid
      Rami Shabaneh Shabaneh, Rami
      8th December 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
      2nd September 2019
      The Challenges Facing India on its Road to a Gas-Based Economy
      Future of Natural Gas Markets

      The Challenges Facing India on its Road to a Gas-Based Economy

      Anne-Sophie Corbeau, Shahid Hasan, Swati Dsouza

      Indian policymakers have stressed the role and relevance of natural gas in India’s overall energy mix in the 21st century but expectations of its share have been scaled back. For example, the Hydrocarbon Vision 2025, released in 1999, projected the share of…

      Anne-Sophie Corbeau Corbeau, Anne-Sophie
      Shahid Hasan Hasan, Shahid
      Swati Dsouza Dsouza, Swati
      29th October 2018
      The Costs and Gains of Coordinating Electricity Generation in the Gulf Cooperation Council Utilizing the Interconnector
      Regional Energy Markets

      The Costs and Gains of Coordinating Electricity Generation in the Gulf Cooperation Council Utilizing the Interconnector

      David Wogan, Frederic Murphy, Axel Pierru

      Countries in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) have installed a network of high-voltage transmission lines, known as the GCC Interconnector, which links the member states of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The Interconnector…

      David Wogan Wogan, David
      Frederic Murphy Murphy, Frederic
      Axel Pierru Pierru, Axel
      10th June 2018
      The Economic Impact of Price Controls on China’s Natural Gas Supply Chain
      Regional Energy Markets

      The Economic Impact of Price Controls on China’s Natural Gas Supply Chain

      Bertrand Rioux, Philipp Galkin, Frederic Murphy, Axel Pierru, Kang Wu

      Despite significant progress made by China in liberalizing its natural gas market, certain key areas such as market access and pricing mechanisms remain heavily monopolized or controlled by the government. To assess how such distortions impact the market, we developed…

      Bertrand Rioux Rioux, Bertrand
      Philipp Galkin Galkin, Philipp
      Frederic Murphy Murphy, Frederic
      Axel Pierru Pierru, Axel
      Kang Wu Wu, Kang
      24th May 2018
      Identifying the Roadblocks for Energy Access: A Case Study for Eastern Africa’s Gas
      Future of Natural Gas Markets

      Identifying the Roadblocks for Energy Access: A Case Study for Eastern Africa’s Gas

      Rami Shabaneh, Anne-Sophie Corbeau, Fernando Tomas Nhantumbo

      Natural gas resources in Tanzania and Mozambique have emerged as a new source of gas supply. While they are poised for export to global gas markets, they can also provide a key source of energy to the rest of Eastern…

      Rami Shabaneh Shabaneh, Rami
      Anne-Sophie Corbeau Corbeau, Anne-Sophie
      Fernando Tomas Nhantumbo Nhantumbo, Fernando Tomas
      20th May 2018
      Understanding the Energy Transition
      Future of Global Oil Markets

      Understanding the Energy Transition

      The world of energy is always undergoing transition, but the nature of the current phase of the transition is subject to a wide spectrum of interpretations that are often colored by bias and aspirations for a particular future end-point. In…

      18th April 2018
      Decarbonizing Oil: The Role of CO2-Enhanced Oil Recovery (CO2‐EOR)
      Future of Global Oil Markets

      Decarbonizing Oil: The Role of CO2-Enhanced Oil Recovery (CO2‐EOR)

      The International Energy Agency (IEA) and KAPSARC co-hosted an expert workshop on the potential of advanced carbon dioxide (CO2 ) enhanced oil recovery (CO2 -EOR) to decarbonize oil production. The workshop focused on the potential for using CO2 -EOR for…

      10th April 2018
      The Value of Saving Oil in Saudi Arabia
      Evaluation of Public Investment Projects

      The Value of Saving Oil in Saudi Arabia

      Jorge Blazquez, Baltasar Manzano, Axel Pierru

      What is the value of saving a barrel of oil that would otherwise had been consumed domestically? This study explores the question, taking a long-run perspective into a general equilibrium approach. In the case of Saudi Arabia, the difference between…

      Jorge Blazquez Blazquez, Jorge
      Baltasar Manzano Manzano, Baltasar
      Axel Pierru Pierru, Axel
      25th March 2018
      East Africa Shared Gas Initiative

      East Africa Shared Gas Initiative

      Energy demand in the economies of Eastern Africa is among the lowest in the world and represents only a small outlet for the large natural gas resource that has been discovered. Despite its important potential, renewables (with the exception of…

      1st January 2018
      The Political Feasibility of Policy Options for the UAE’s Energy Transition
      Electricity Sector Transitions

      The Political Feasibility of Policy Options for the UAE’s Energy Transition

      Brian Efird, Paul Mollet, Imtenan Al-Mubarak

      The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has said it wishes to transition toward a less carbon-intensive energy system, both as part of its Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and as one of…

      Brian Efird Efird, Brian
      Paul Mollet Mollet, Paul
      Imtenan Al-Mubarak Al-Mubarak, Imtenan
      10th October 2017