Geopolitik Energi

April 12, 2007


What’s at stake? Energy security and Ambalat

The disputed area, though in deep water, is clearly promising, especially in a commercial environment driven by record crude prices. This factor, combined with advances in drilling technologies, has driven exploration efforts in deep and ultra-deep offshore regions, making areas such as Ambalat attractive where previously interest had been limited. ENI reportedly drilled two test wells in the Ambalat area in late 2004 and made “encouraging” discoveries, leading the Indonesian authorities to provide a very broad estimate of the hydrocarbon deposits in the Ambalat area of between 100 million barrels and one billion barrels of oil.17 Although caution should be used in respect to such estimates in the absence of in-depth exploration work, particularly test drilling, it seems clear that there is significant potential for offshore oil and gas exploitation in the Ambalat offshore area, which is of obvious national interest to both states, especially in the context of the energy security dilemmas they face.

The disputed area is also significant in terms of navigation security, as it lies athwart the SLOC running from the Lombok Strait between Bali and Lombok islands northwards via Indonesia’s designated Archipelagic Sealanes through the Makassar (or Macassar) Strait between the east coast of Borneo and the Molucca Islands in the Celebes Sea. Although much attention has been focused on the Malacca Strait, which is unsurprising since it is estimated to take about 72 percent of eastbound tankers from the Persian Gulf to East Asia, the Lombok/Makassar route is of nearly equal importance from an energy security perspective. This is because while the Malacca Strait dominates in terms of numbers of tankers, the Lombok/Makassar route takes fewer but larger vessels so that in tonnage terms the split between the two routes is roughly even.18


  1. Bung,

    Bagus euy blognya…
    Kebetulan saya juga tertarik dengan isu-isu hubungan internasional dan internasional politik.
    Coba dong, ulas teori politik internasional punya Kenneth Waltz

    Comment by sholi — August 31, 2007 @ 10:22 am | Reply

  2. bagus…tpi bahasa inggrisnya itu loh,, pegel bacanya!!

    Comment by indah — April 16, 2008 @ 6:08 am | Reply

  3. fuck bgt malaysia

    Comment by wahyi — March 19, 2009 @ 8:05 am | Reply

  4. Outstanding article!! Will come back soon.

    Comment by DescuemDerb — May 20, 2009 @ 7:03 pm | Reply

  5. Hancurkan malaysia, fuck jöngos britis.

    Comment by Merah putih — June 4, 2009 @ 5:18 am | Reply

  6. Sdh taon 2009, Malay’sin’ masih aj nyolek2 Ambalat,Ooi..INA tegaz dong… Gayang Malaysia…:-(

    Comment by Nieki — June 4, 2009 @ 10:26 am | Reply

  7. malaysialan anjiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiinggnnngggg

    Comment by cata — June 13, 2009 @ 7:58 am | Reply

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