Geopolitik Energi

July 6, 2007

AUSTRALIA AKUI ADA FAKTOR MINYAK DI BALIK INVANSI IRAK

http://www.kompas.com/kompas-cetak/0707/06/ln/3663823.htm
Jumat, 06 Juli 2007
 
 
 
Australia Akui Ada Faktor Minyak di Balik Invasi Irak
Sudah 3.580 Tentara AS Tewas sejak 2003canberra, kamis – Untuk pertama kali, Pemerintah Australia mengakui bahwa minyak menjadi faktor kunci di balik dukungan Australia atas invasi Amerika Serikat ke Irak. Semula, Australia selalu menyangkal adanya kepentingan untuk mengamankan suplai minyak sebagai alasan invasi tersebut. Dalam sebuah tinjauan strategi pertahanan Australia yang dirilis Kamis (5/7) disebutkan bahwa “mengamankan sumber daya” di Timur Tengah adalah prioritas utama. “Strategi pertahanan yang kami umumkan hari ini menjabarkan banyak prioritas pertahanan dan keamanan Australia, dan keamanan sumber daya adalah salah satunya,” kata Menteri Pertahanan Australia Brendan Nelson. “Timur Tengah sendiri, tidak hanya Irak, tetapi juga seluruh kawasan Timur Tengah, adalah penyedia energi penting untuk dunia. Australia dan seluruh dunia perlu memikirkan apa yang akan terjadi jika ada penarikan pasukan lebih awal dari Irak,” ujarnya.

Pernyataan tersebut membuktikan argumen para penentang keras Perang Irak bahwa invasi AS pada tahun 2003 lebih didorong kepentingan minyak daripada alasan menemukan senjata pemusnah massal milik Saddam Hussein.

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May 16, 2007

US CRUDE OR PETROLEUM OIL IMPORT SOURCES

US Crude or Petroleum Oil Import Sources (November 19, 2004)
This table lists US military presence in oil-producing countries. It lists main or potential petroleum or crude oil import sources, oil transit routes and actual or potential US presence in these countries. (Foreign Policy in Focus)–http://www.globalpolicy.org

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May 14, 2007

SIAPA GEORGE W. BUSH?

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May 11, 2007

CONFIDENTIAL DOCUMENT ON IRAQ OIL LOBBYING

http://www.globalpolicy.org/security/oil/2006/0714confidential.htm

Confidential Document on Iraq Oil Lobbying

Commentary by James Paul
Global Policy Forum
July 14, 2006

The governments of the Coalition that overthrew Saddam Hussein announced that they acted because of weapons of mass destruction, terrorist threats, and a desire to install democracy in Iraq. They insisted that their actions had nothing whatsoever to do with oil. A confidential document (klik aja) has now come to light that helps us gain perspective on these official arguments. The document reveals that, in private, the Coalition governments were extremely interested in oil and that intense negotiations were going on, even while the initial fighting was still under way, to parcel out Iraq’s major oil fields. The main decisions were being taken in Washington. Key players – in the UK, Australia, France and elsewhere – saw Washington as the ultimate arbiter of Iraq’s oil resources.

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Chevron seen settling case on Iraq oil

http://www.iht.com/articles/2007/05/08/business/08chevron.php

Chevron seen settling case on Iraq oil

By Claudio Gatti and Jad Mouawad

 

Tuesday, May 8, 2007
Chevron, the second-largest American oil company, is preparing to acknowledge that it should have known kickbacks were being paid to Saddam Hussein on oil it bought from Iraq as part of a defunct United Nations program, according to investigators.

The admission is part of a settlement being negotiated with United States prosecutors and includes fines totaling $25 million to $30 million, according to the investigators, who declined to be identified because the settlement was not yet public.

The penalty, which is still being negotiated, would be the largest so far in the United States in connection with investigations of companies involved in the oil-for-food scandal.

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May 10, 2007

ABOUT IRAQ: OIL!

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ALL ABOUT OIL IN SOMALIA!

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Stratigraphy and Petroleum Prospects of Northern Somalia

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Somaliland: Hopes and hype on the new frontier

Hydrocarbon potential of Somaliland (download file PDF)

April 25, 2007

SOMALILAND: HOPES AND HYPE ON THE FRONTIER

Copyright (c) 1993 , EMA Business Information.
Reprinted by permission.

Middle East Economic Digest, 2 April 1993, pp.20-21.

Somaliland: Hopes and hype on the new frontier

MARIA KIELMAS

Geologists have speculating about the possibility of oil in Somalia since the last century, but it took the US military Operation Restore Hope to bring this possibility to popular attention. The widespread notion that US troops are sent to Somalia to protect the interests of US oil companies, and their supposed huge oil finds, has been treated with amused derision in oil industry circles. But US military presence which aims to stabilise events in a region increasingly regarded as the backyard of its regional ally, Saudi Arabia, has not been discounted . Over the past l0 years most of the oil industry interest has focused on areas in the north, today the self-declared Republic of Somaliland, which troops have avoided. Any future oil exploration here will depend largely on the international community's recognition of the aspirations of the breakaway state.

Oil seeps were first identified by Italian and British geologists who surveyed the area during the colonial era. These predicted the presence of a sizable oil field just south of Berbera. But it took until the 1960s for the first wells to be drilled here. Three wells known as the Daga Shabell series, regisrered oil shows, but there was no real discovery . There were further small gas discoveries along the east coast and just offshore of Socotra, but nothing of commercial proportions.

STRATIGRAPHY AND PETROLEUM PROSPECT OF NORTHERN SOMALIA

Stratigraphy and Petroleum Prospects of Northern Somalia

SALAD HERSI, O., Quebec Geoscience Center, Ste-Foy, QC; and HILOWLE MOHAMED, A., Department of Earth Sciences, Carleton University, Ottawa, ON

The sedimentary cover of Northern Somalia includes post-Triassic continental and marine strata which accumulated in basins related to the disintegration of the Gondwanaland. Among these, the Berbera and Ahl Mado basins are the most important basins stratigraphically and hydrocarbon potential. Sedimentation in both basins begins with a Jurassic continental sandstone (Adigrat Formation) overlain by interbedded units of shallow marine limestones and shales (Bihendula sequence) in the Berbera Basin, and limestone-dominated strata with minor shale and sandstone interbeds (Ahl Mado Group) in the Ahl Mado Basin. The Cretaceous section, unconformable with the Jurassic sequence, is mainly continental (Yesomma Sandstone) in the Berbera Basin, but becomes shallow-marine, sandy to pure limestone with subordinate sandstone and shale (Tisje Formation) in the Ahl Mado Basin. By the end of the Cretaceous Period, a westward marine transgression permitted shallow-marine, Paleocene – lower Eocene limestone (Auradu Formation) deposition throughout northern Somalia. This is succeeded by thick anhydrite strata (Taleh Formation) overlain by Middle to Late Eocene shallow-marine limestone (Karkar Formation). The later is the youngest stratigraphic unit straddling the Gulf of Aden. Younger strata of syn- and post-rifting, continental to shallow-marine origin are confined in discrete basins along the coast of the gulf.

Based on published and unpublished data, the geology of these basins proves that oil and gas have been generated with favorable reservoirs, as well as structural and stratigraphic traps. Moreover, continuation of these basins across the gulf, matching the hydrocarbon-producing Marib-Hajar and Say’un-Al Masila basins of Yemen, raises the hydrocarbon prospect of northern Somalia.

ABSTRACTS – ASSOCIATION OF AMERICAN PETROLEUM GEOLOGISTS (AAPG) EASTERN SECTION 2000 MEETING

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January 18, 1993

THE OIL FACTOR IN SOMALIA

FOUR AMERICAN PETROLEUM GIANTS HAD AGREEMENTS WITH THE AFRICAN NATION BEFORE ITS CIVIL WAR BEGAN. THEY COULD REAP BIG REWARDS IF PEACE IS RESTORED

By MARK FINEMAN


DATELINE: MOGADISHU, Somalia

Far beneath the surface of the tragic drama of Somalia, four major U.S. oil companies are quietly sitting on a prospective fortune in exclusive concessions to explore and exploit tens of millions of acres of the Somali countryside.

That land, in the opinion of geologists and industry sources, could yield significant amounts of oil and natural gas if the U.S.-led military mission can restore peace to the impoverished East African nation.

According to documents obtained by The Times, nearly two-thirds of Somalia was allocated to the American oil giants Conoco, Amoco, Chevron and Phillips in the final years before Somalia’s pro-U.S. President Mohamed Siad Barre was overthrown and the nation plunged into chaos in January, 1991. Industry sources said the companies holding the rights to the most promising concessions are hoping that the Bush Administration’s decision to send U.S. troops to safeguard aid shipments to Somalia will also help protect their multimillion-dollar investments there.

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