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China's optimal stockpiling policies in the context of new oil price trend

Nan Xie, Zhijun Yan, Yi Zhou and Wenjun Huang

Energy Policy, 2017, vol. 105, issue C, 332-340

Abstract: Optimizing the size of oil stockpiling plays a fundamental role in the process of making national strategic petroleum reserve (SPR) policies. There have been extensive studies on the operating strategies of SPR. However, previous literatures have paid more attention to a booming or stable international oil market, while few studies analyzed the impact of a long-term low oil price on SPR policy. As a supplement, this paper extends a static model to study China's optimal stockpiling policy under different oil price trends, and in response to different current oil prices. A new variable “FC”, which demonstrates the appreciation and depreciation of the reserved oil economic value, has been taken into account to assess the optimal size of SPR. In this paper, a more multi-perspective of view is provided to consider the policies of China's SPR, especially under the different trend of international oil price fluctuations.

Keywords: Strategic petroleum reserve; Static model; Financial cost; Optimal stockpiling size; China; Oil price trend (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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