Research InterestsEnergy data management, data sciences and research apps
Abeer is a researcher information management lead with expertise in energy data management and energy research apps. Her experience has focused on data analysis for research use, analyzing the Saudi and GCC energy data in various energy fields. She has led related energy data projects such as the Saudi Arabia energy balance, and energy database. She has worked on building and developing the KAPSARC data portal and research apps for energy and transportation.
Saudi Arabia is one of the world’s leading oil producers and exporters. It has the second-largest proven crude oil reserves after Venezuela. Saudi Arabia’s oil reserves have made it one of the most significant players in the global oil market. The country also possesses vast reserves of natural gas and, in 2018, had the sixth-largest reserves of natural gas, just below the United States.
Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries have raised their domestic energy prices in recent years in a bid to increase energy efficiency, rationalize government spending and balance their budgets. Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have taken bold steps to reform their domestic energy prices, including their electricity tariffs.
Saudi Arabia aims to significantly increase the contribution of renewable energy in its power energy mix, in order to diversify its economy, reduce emissions and eliminate the use of liquid fuels in its power system.
In building a global hub for renewable energy, the Kingdom aims to future-proof its economy by relying less on oil export revenues and attracting new technologies into the region. Saudi Arabia is one of the best-placed countries to harness solar energy, with some of the highest solar radiation levels in the world.
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s households account for around 50% of national power consumption, with more than 7 million residential customers in 2017. The majority of this power is used for air conditioning and cooling systems due to the climate in the Kingdom, where the demand for energy increases dramatically in the hot summer months. Electricity prices have increased several times over recent decades to better reflect the costs of electricity generation.
Saudi Arabia ranks as the world’s largest exporter of crude oil and petroleum products; the oil and gas sector accounts for about 70 percent of export earnings. Ras Tanura and Yanbu are the major oil-exporting ports in Saudi Arabia, accounting for nearly 99 percent of total exports. The Port of Yanbu is located on the Red Sea Coast while several terminals form the Port of Ras Tanura, situated in the Eastern Province on the shore of the Arabian Gulf. Other smaller ports include Al-Khafji port* and Saud port*.
We have launched a new series of Data Insights which aim to share topical insights and data on a range of interesting themes. The first insight of the series is focused on Saudi Arabia’s passenger and freight railway network.
Collaboration with: International Energy Forum (IEF) As a response to recommendations from the “Energy open data ecosystem, policy scenario models & tools” workshop series organised by KAPSARC since 2018, IEF and KAPSARC have jointly examined KAPSARC data and modeling resources to improve energy balance compilation with Saudi Arabia as a case study. The project successfully […]
As a response to recommendations from the “Energy open data ecosystem, policy scenario models & tools” workshop series organised by KAPSARC since 2018, IEF and KAPSARC have jointly examined KAPSARC data and modeling resources to improve energy balance compilation with Saudi Arabia as a case study. The project successfully identified key opportunities and challenges in […]