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      Crude Oil Reserves Metrics of GCC Members

      Crude Oil Reserves Metrics of GCC Members

      Majed A. Al Suwailem, Abdullah Aldayel

      As of December 2018, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries had combined proven reserves of 497 billion barrels of crude oil. This represents approximately 34% of the world’s estimated proven crude reserves.

      Majed A. Al Suwailem Al Suwailem, Majed A.
      Abdullah Aldayel Aldayel, Abdullah
      27th April 2020
      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
      2nd September 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
      29th May 2019
      Assessment of the Political Feasibility of Developing a GCC Power Market
      Regional Energy Markets

      Assessment of the Political Feasibility of Developing a GCC Power Market

      Paul Mollet, Imtenan Al-Mubarak, Brian Efird, Saleh Al Muhanna, Omar Al-Ubayli

      Countries in the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf, commonly known as the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), established a regional power grid to support member countries’ high voltage networks in 2001 but, to date, the system has remained underutilized.…

      Paul Mollet Mollet, Paul
      Imtenan Al-Mubarak Al-Mubarak, Imtenan
      Brian Efird Efird, Brian
      Saleh Al Muhanna Al Muhanna, Saleh
      Omar Al-Ubayli Al-Ubayli, Omar
      4th October 2018
      An Estimation of the Drivers Behind OPEC’s Quota Decisions
      Future of Global Oil Markets

      An Estimation of the Drivers Behind OPEC’s Quota Decisions

      Philipp Galkin, Tarek Atalla, Zhongyuan Ren

      This paper identifies key determinants that appear to shape OPEC’s quota strategy and implementation. Using econometric estimations, it examines the factors that seem to most influence members’ adherence to their production commitments in the short term and what drives the…

      Philipp Galkin Galkin, Philipp
      Tarek Atalla Atalla, Tarek
      ZR
      Ren, Zhongyuan
      19th July 2018
      Potential Effects of Trade Liberalization on China’s Imports of Plastics From the GCC
      Regional Energy Markets

      Potential Effects of Trade Liberalization on China’s Imports of Plastics From the GCC

      Philipp Galkin, Carlo Andrea Bollino, Rami Shabaneh

      Petrochemical products, particularly plastics, contribute to a significant share of expanding and increasingly diverse trade flows between the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries and China. The petrochemical sector could benefit from a preferential bilateral trade regime between China and the…

      Philipp Galkin Galkin, Philipp
      Carlo Andrea Bollino Bollino, Carlo Andrea
      Rami Shabaneh Shabaneh, Rami
      4th June 2018
      An Evaluation of High Energy Performance Residential Buildings in Bahrain
      Productivity and Economic Diversification

      An Evaluation of High Energy Performance Residential Buildings in Bahrain

      Kankana Dubey, Moncef Krarti

      This paper describes our analysis of the cost-effectiveness of designing and retrofitting residential buildings in Bahrain and outlines our analytical approach. The study focuses on residential buildings since households consume more than 48 percent of electricity used in the country.…

      Kankana Dubey Dubey, Kankana
      Moncef Krarti Krarti, Moncef
      16th July 2017
      Impact of Domestic Fuel Price Reforms on the use of Public Transport in Saudi Arabia
      Future of Transport and Fuel Demand

      Impact of Domestic Fuel Price Reforms on the use of Public Transport in Saudi Arabia

      In 2016, policymakers in Saudi Arabia increased domestic transportation fuel prices, which are expected to approach market levels in the near future. Current low crude oil prices offer an excellent opportunity for policymakers to deregulate the passenger transportation sector without…

      9th July 2017
      Gasoline Demand, Pricing Policy and Social Welfare in Saudi Arabia
      Future of Transport and Fuel Demand

      Gasoline Demand, Pricing Policy and Social Welfare in Saudi Arabia

      Anwar Gasim

      In the face of low international oil prices, countries in the Gulf Cooperation Council recently implemented fuel price reform across a number of sectors. Saudi Arabia, for example, announced in December 2015 an increase in the gasoline price. We undertook…

      Anwar Gasim Gasim, Anwar
      12th March 2017
      Economic Stability in the GCC Countries

      Economic Stability in the GCC Countries

      Ziyad Alfawzan

      Evidence confirms that there is a positive correlation between the economic growth rate and its volatility/risk in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region. In other words, there is a trade-off between the benefits of oil and gas activity and the…

      Ziyad Alfawzan Alfawzan, Ziyad
      8th March 2017
      Evaluating Building Energy Efficiency Investment Options for Saudi Arabia
      Productivity and Economic Diversification

      Evaluating Building Energy Efficiency Investment Options for Saudi Arabia

      Kankana Dubey, Nicholas Howarth, Moncef Krarti

      This study suggests that energy efficiency programs in buildings can provide up to a 27 percent reduction in electricity consumption and a 30 percent reduction in peak electricity demand for Saudi Arabia. It is well recognized, however, that given the…

      Kankana Dubey Dubey, Kankana
      Nicholas Howarth Howarth, Nicholas
      Moncef Krarti Krarti, Moncef
      26th October 2016
      Energy Productivity in the GCC: Evidence From an International Kuznets Curve Analysis
      Productivity and Economic Diversification

      Energy Productivity in the GCC: Evidence From an International Kuznets Curve Analysis

      Marzio Galeotti, Nicholas Howarth, Alessandro Lanza

      This paper explores energy productivity trends at a national level for the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and puts them in an international context. This analysis can be used as part of an evidence base for setting nationally…

      Marzio Galeotti Galeotti, Marzio
      Nicholas Howarth Howarth, Nicholas
      Alessandro Lanza Lanza, Alessandro
      18th October 2016
      Energy Productivity as a New Growth Model for GCC Countries
      Productivity and Economic Diversification

      Energy Productivity as a New Growth Model for GCC Countries

      Marzio Galeotti, Nicholas Howarth, Alessandro Lanza

      Following the collapse in oil prices, Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries have intensified efforts to find a new growth model which increases the welfare of their citizens, while reducing exposure to volatile energy markets. This paper argues that placing energy…

      Marzio Galeotti Galeotti, Marzio
      Nicholas Howarth Howarth, Nicholas
      Alessandro Lanza Lanza, Alessandro
      18th October 2016
      Investing for Energy Productivity in the GCC – Financing the Transition
      Productivity and Economic Diversification

      Investing for Energy Productivity in the GCC – Financing the Transition

      Steven Fawkes, Nicholas Howarth, Moncef Krarti, Padu Padmanabhan

      An unprecedented infrastructure investment boom occurred in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) in the first part of the 21st century. Strong public capital spending supported by high energy prices provided governments with an opportunity to accelerate economic diversification and infrastructure…

      Steven Fawkes Fawkes, Steven
      Nicholas Howarth Howarth, Nicholas
      Moncef Krarti Krarti, Moncef
      Padu Padmanabhan Padmanabhan, Padu
      2nd September 2016
      Energy Relations and Policy Making in Asia
      Regional Energy Markets

      Energy Relations and Policy Making in Asia

      Ziyad Alfawzan, Sadeem Alhosain, Nader AlKathiri, Shahad Alarenan, Brian Efird

      Trade between the economies of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and North East Asia (NEA) reached $471 billion in 2013, based almost entirely on oil and gas. The GCC sends 44 percent of its exports to NEA, which depends on…

      Ziyad Alfawzan Alfawzan, Ziyad
      Sadeem Alhosain Alhosain, Sadeem
      Nader AlKathiri AlKathiri, Nader
      Shahad Alarenan Alarenan, Shahad
      Brian Efird Efird, Brian
      8th August 2016
      Modeling Residential Electricity Demand in the GCC

      Modeling Residential Electricity Demand in the GCC

      The Gulf region has seen rapid population and economic growth over the past few decades, changing the landscape of the area, raising living standards and enabling millions to increase their consumption of essential services such as water and electricity. These…

      15th May 2016
      Assessing the impact of political disruptions on crude oil trade

      Assessing the impact of political disruptions on crude oil trade

      Kenneth White, Brian Efird, Sadeem Alhosain

      Provides an empirical evaluation of energy trade flows, focusing on crude oil trade among the top 20 crude oil exporters and top 20 crude oil importers. We assess the potential impact of cross-national political disruptions (bilateral and regional) on energy…

      Kenneth White White, Kenneth
      Brian Efird Efird, Brian
      Sadeem Alhosain Alhosain, Sadeem
      1st January 2016