Geopolitik Energi

April 25, 2007

OIL HOPES HINGE ON NORTH SOMALIA

Copyright Petroleum Economist Ltd. (UK) 1991.
Petroleum Economist. Vol 58, Issue n10, Oct, 1991, p19(2).

Oil Hopes Hinge on North Somalia

Maria Kielmas

A UN-funded study points to oil potential in Ethiopia and Somalia. Maria Kielmas talked to emerging rulers in the region about their oil policies.

Wars in countries comprising the Horn of Africa put on hold the first real spark of international industry interest in the region's oil prospects. As a variety of political factions wrestle for control in Ethiopia and Somalia, only one group, the Somali National Movement (SNM), which controls the self-proclaimed Republic of Somaliland in northern Somalia, has maintained a positive policy towards foreign oil investment.

Aside from the political conflict, oil exploration in the African Horn has generally been neglected because of a widespread perception throughout the industry that the region is gas-prone and both inaccessible and expensive to explore. The countries around the Gulf of Aden and Red Sea are regarded as too poor to afford the necessary infrastructure for gas development.

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THE OIL FACTOR IN SOMALIA

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US interests in Somalia

Copyright 1993 The Times Mirror Company


Los Angeles Times

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.

April 21, 2007

PENGORBANAN AS DEMI MINYAK

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April 12, 2007

MINYAK DAN UMAT ISLAM

Bayangkan, bagaimana rasanya jika kita hidup tanpa energi? Anda membaca sebuah artikel telah tertata rapi dalam sebuah surat kabar. Tapi, tahukah Anda bagaimana surat kabar bisa tercetak? Proses cetak surat kabar membutuhkan daya listrik untuk menggerakkan mesin-mesin pencetak. Daya listrik itu sendiri dihasilkan dari sebuah proses energi dari pembangkit listrik. Sedangkan pembangkit listrik itu sendiri membutuhkan energy resources. Tercatat di tahun 2004, 45,5 persen kapasitas pembangkit listrik di Indonesia membutuhkan bahan bakar minyak sebagai energy resource untuk menghasilkan daya listrik.

 

Itu masih cerita bagaimana daya listrik dibutuhkan untuk sebuah industri. Bagaimana dengan rumah Anda? Itu sebagian cerita soal listrik.

 

Lalu, bagaimana juga dengan alat transportasi? Alat transportasi, baik milik sipil dan militer, membutuhkan sumber energi juga untuk bergerak. Di dunia, sumber energi yang sangat dibutuhkan untuk menggerakkan alat transportasi adalah minyak bumi. Tak terbayang, bagaimana jika terdapat sebuah negara memiliki pesawat tempur dan kapal perang canggih tapi hanya menjadi sebuah hiasan, dikarenakan pasokan BBM-nya tidak tersedia aman? Tak terbayang pula, jika saat ini, alat transportasi di semua penjuru dunia benar-benar lepas dari minyak bumi. Bisa jadi, kita kembali lagi menunggang kuda dan keledai. Maukah kita?

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