Katerina Shaton holds her trial lecture and defends her PhD-thesis at Molde University College – Specialized University in Logistics"Essays on gas transport infrastructure planning and appraisal", Friday 16 June.
The Norwegian gas transport system is in constant development. New discoveries in the frontier areas determine the plans for new major infrastructure development. Timely development and efficient operation of transport infrastructure are necessary conditions for a well-functioning gas market.
The purpose of this thesis is to suggest analytical approaches to address the challenges arising in the investment planning and appraisal in the gas transport sector. The primary objective has been to develop a framework for comprehensive project appraisals, which would internalize all economic impacts of an infrastructure project, including the long-term impacts on the existing transportation network and the environmental externalities. The question of how to estimate the value of flexibility in gas pipeline investments within a socio-economic framework has been addressed in particular. Furthermore, the structure of investment incentives and the relationship between the current tariff regime and the infrastructure investment decisions have been assessed. The thesis also investigates the environmental footprint of gas transportation. A detailed comparative analysis of emissions to air caused by pipeline and LNG (liquefied natural gas) transportation chains is presented.
The research contributes to the development of the methodologies for socio-economic appraisal in the petroleum sector. It also contributes to the discipline of logistics by adapting economic theories and approaches in order to address logistics problems within the gas transport sector.
Katerina Shaton (30) comes from Borisov, Belarus. She holds a BSc in Economics, Belarussian State University from 2009 and a Master of Science degree in Logistics, Specialization in Industrial Logistics, Molde University College from 2011. During her PhD-studies she has been employed as a Scholarship holder at Molde University College, financed by GassROR IKS.
Members of the committee:
- Professor Roger Vickerman, School of Economics, Keynes College, University of Kent, England
- Professor Emeritus Kåre Petter Hagen, NHH, Bergen
- Professor Kjetil Kåre Haugen, Molde University College, Faculty of Logistics
- Professor Arild Hervik, Molde University College, Faculty of Logistics
- Professor Svein Bråthen, Molde University College, Faculty of Logistics
Research Scientist Maria Sandsmark, Møreforsking Molde AS