Noha is a senior research associate in KAPSARC’s Markets and Industrial Development program. She has more than 10 years of research experience specializing in energy economics and international economics. Her current research examines China’s demand for natural gas and oil and its implication on the Saudi and global economy; the macroeconomic impact of oil-price shocks on oil exporters; and the role of OPEC, shale producers, and China in influencing oil prices. Noha has contributed to the preparation of the workshop on Sheltering the Economies of Oil Exporting Countries from Energy Shocks and to the workshop brief. She was a post-doctoral fellow at the China Institute and a researcher at the School of Business at the University of Alberta before joining KAPSARC. She is a committee member of the Canadian Community of Riyadh (CCOR).
An important question for global gas markets is the extent to which China’s demand for natural gas will grow, particularly in light of the perceived overbuild of liquefied natural gas (LNG) supply capacity. China’s current 13th Five-Year Plan endorses the use of natural gas to reduce coal consumption and achieve a cleaner energy mix. In this paper we examine household natural gas demand, taking account of economic cycles, and provide insights relating to China’s gas supply and demand balances that could have global consequences.5th March 2018