ECONOMIC CONSULTING ASSOCIATES

ECA REGIONS / MIDDLE EAST

ECA’s experience in North Africa and the Middle East is focused on the electricity, natural gas and renewable energy sectors and in water and sanitation. We have conducted gas and electricity pricing studies, long term energy policy planning studies, regulatory reviews and sustainable energy market assessments.

In gas, we have advised on establishing new gas markets, gas-to-power projects, tendering of gas distribution licences and the policy for long term development of gas sectors covering domestic and export policy.

In water, we have worked on projects involving private sector water provision and water sector regulation. Our countries of experience include Egypt, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Oman, Saudi Arabia and Yemen.

RECENT PROJECTS INCLUDE >>

RECENT PROJECTS INCLUDE >>

Middle East gas market expert witness

ECA provided expert witness advice in an international arbitration case on the potential of gas export volumes and pricing levels in a country in the Middle East. Issues of particular relevance were the assessments of offtake markets, price levels and damage claim valuations, export licencing conditions, export and domestic infrastructure assessments and reviews of existing long term gas masterplans.

Lebanon gas development plan

In preparation of the first licensing round of offshore petroleum licences, ECA supported the Lebanese Petroleum Administration in its development of a gas masterplan. Our team reviewed existing gas demand projections, calculated netback prices, proposed a feasible infrastructure development plan on the basis of economic analyses of pipelines and LNG options, assessed a suitable gas market and sector structure, recommended gas pricing arrangements and associated regulatory frameworks.

Egypt gas flaring regulations, Egypt

ECA advised the Government of Egypt on a suitable regulatory framework to reduce asscociated petroleum gas (APG) flaring and venting levels at upstream production sites.

Assessment of sustainable energy investment potential, Egypt

ECA prepared a Report for the EBRD, assessing the electricity and gas regulatory and market frameworks with the aim of benchmarking them against international standards (particularly the EU), providing a clear analysis of the progress of reform and identifying gaps as well as future reform needs.

Regulatory and market assessment of the electricity and gas sectors, Egypt

ECA prepared a Report for the EBRD, assessing the electricity and gas regulatory and market frameworks with the aim of benchmarking them against international standards (particularly the EU), providing a clear analysis of the progress of reform and identifying gaps as well as future reform needs.

Power sector reform strategy, Egypt

Egypt wanted to learn from the experience of comparator countries in developing a transitional road map to a competitive electricity market. The objective of this consultancy was to provide the Government with information on the experience of relevant international comparator countries to inform Egyptian thinking on two policy issues that required urgent definition: the road map for transition to a competitive electricity market and parameters for the establishment of an energy planning entity.

Hydrocarbons strategy, Lebanon

The study focused particularly on the potential natural gas supply options for electricity generation and other uses in Lebanon. The study included a number of components including: the derived demand for natural gas both from the electricity and non-electricity sectors including the potential substitution of gas for oil; the analysis of supply options and recommendations; the pricing of natural gas and petroleum products; gas market structure including private sector involvement; the legal and regulatory framework for the hydrocarbons sector; the feasibility of existing and new refineries; and the environmental and health benefits of pipeline development and natural gas use.