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China and the Global Energy Crisis

Development and Prospects for China’s Oil and Natural Gas Tatsu Kambara, Petroleum Consultant (Independent) and Christopher Howe OBE, Emeritus Professor, Chinese Business and Management , School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, UK
This book examines China’s record of oil and gas development, its refining capacity, and energy prospects. The authors conclude that there are no fundamental reasons for anxiety about China’s demands on the world energy economy, but they emphasize that its energy future will depend critically on a continuation of reform and internationalization. China and the Global Energy Crisis is a concise but detailed study of these issues.
Extent: 160 pp
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Publication Date: 2007
ISBN: 978 1 84542 966 9
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China’s rapid economic development is having profound implications for energy resources. China has always been exceptionally reliant on its abundant coal, but consumption of oil and gas have grown rapidly since reform began in the 1980s. In spite of vigorous domestic development – most recently in the Tarim Basin – China is now consuming approximately 8 per cent of the world’s oil output but producing only 4 per cent. China’s emergence as an energy importer has given rise to concerns that it is a major contributor to recent turmoil in energy markets. This book examines China’s record of oil and gas development, its refining capacity, and energy prospects. The authors conclude that there are no fundamental reasons for anxiety about China’s demands on the world energy economy, but they emphasize that its energy future will depend critically on a continuation of reform and internationalization. China and the Global Energy Crisis is a concise but detailed study of these issues.

This book will appeal not only to readers concerned with China and energy issues, but also to a wider readership seeking to understand China’s development and its global meaning.
‘. . . a very detailed and fascinating description of the development of China’s oil and natural gas industry and an assessment of its prospects. . . certainly a recommended read.’
– Anthony D. Owen, Asia Pacific Journal of Economics and Business

‘. . . this book should be a part of the library of anyone interested in the Chinese energy system.’
– New Zealand Journal of Asian Studies

‘This is a timely and important book to help enhance understanding of China’s petroleum industry and to assess China’s energy policy in a more sensible way.’
– Janet Xuanli Liao, The China Journal

‘This is a timely volume. Understanding the oil and gas industry that China has at home is an essential prerequisite to understanding Chinese foreign policy and the future role of China in world oil and gas markets. It is certain to be a major one.’
– From the preface by Ron Oxburgh, Lord Oxburgh of Liverpool, (Climate Change Capital)
Contents: Preface by Ron Oxburgh, Lord Oxburgh of Liverpool, (Climate Change Capital) Introduction 1. The Origins and Modern Development of China’s Oil and Gas Industry 2. The Geological Basis of the Onshore Oil and Gas Industry 3. Oil and Gas Administration and the Evolution of Exploration and Development 4. Natural Gas: China’s New Energy Source 5. The Tarim Basin: Solution or Problem? 6. Refining and Distribution 7. Summing Up and Looking Ahead Appendix: The Background to China’s Energy Planning Bibliography Index