Pipeline Politics in Asia
The Intersection of Demand, Energy Markets, and Supply Routes
Publication Year: 2010
Published by: National Bureau of Asian Research
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Pipeline Politics in Asia: Energy Nationalism and Energy Markets
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Asia has become “ground zero” in global energy markets as demand has accelerated to fuel urbanization and transportation, power, petrochemical, and industrial growth. The shift in the locus of global energy demand from mature industrial countries to developing Asia is transforming the landscape of global energy markets and geopolitics. The trends...
Oil and Gas Pipelines: Prospects and Problems
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Transit pipelines have often suffered from disputes and conflicts. However, in the future more transit pipelines will be required if markets are to be adequately supplied. Transit conflict can be explained through issues of political conflict, but in many cases disputes are triggered by economic disagreements over attempts to unilaterally renegotiate transit...
The Geopolitics of Northeast Asia’s Pipeline Development
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Roughly a decade has passed since Russia’s pipeline politics in Northeast Asia started to receive global attention. The first phase of the Eastern Siberia–Pacific Ocean (ESPO) crude pipeline came on line in December 2009, stretching 2,700 kilometers (km) from Taishet in Eastern Siberia to Skovorodino, located 70 km north of the Sino-Russian national border...
Central Asia’s Pipelines: Field of Dreams and Reality
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On December 14, 2009, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov of Turkmenistan hosted China’s president Hu Jintao, Kazakhstan’s president Nursultan Nazarbaev, and Uzbekistan’s president Islam Karimov at a remote natural gas field in the eastern part of Turkmenistan for the inauguration of an 1,800-kilometer pipeline that connects all...
India’s Gas Pipeline Efforts: An Analysis of the Problems That Have Prevented Success
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In February 2005, the Indian government approved plans for talks with six countries on the construction of gas pipelines that would pass through Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Iran, Myanmar, Pakistan, and Turkmenistan. This new “pipeline diplomacy” was seen as a key foreign policy priority, as India’s energy requirements are rising quickly. This paper will review the drivers that...
The Geopolitics of the Myanmar-China Oil and Gas Pipelines
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Two documents signed between China and Myanmar in 2009—a bilateral agreement between the two governments in March and a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) and Myanmar’s Ministry of Energy in June—made China’s decision to build a cross-country crude oil and gas pipeline...
Pipeline Politics in Asia: Implications for the United States
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The conference discussion, essays, and comparative analysis of four different regional pipeline cases raised a wide range of issues with significant implications for U.S. energy security and strategic interests in Eurasia. The cases examined brought into sharp relief three strongly interrelated, sometimes conflicting, energy security and strategic interests...
Pipeline Politics in Asia: The Intersection of Demand, Energy Markets,and Supply Routes
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Publication Year: 2010