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In recent years, geopolitical disruptions, tightening oil supply, refining constraints and rising demand have combined to maintain high oil prices, allowing Middle East oil producers to capitalize on the resulting revenue windfall. However, formidable challenges for long-term production loom ahead: Can Gulf oil producers allay the supply security concerns of major consumer nations? How will limitations in crude quality and constraints in refining capacity impact on global energy markets? How can OPEC maintain reasonable oil prices in the face of exhaustible oil supplies and inexhaustible global demand? How will growing non-OPEC production affect OPEC's predominant market position in the future? "Gulf Oil and Gas" assesses the vital energy issues: the globalization of the gas trade, trends in crude quality; cooperation between consumers and producers; links between national and foreign oil companies; future demand for Gulf energy; prospects for augmented Gulf production; sustainability of Saudi Arabia's excess capacity; concerns over oilfield security; imperatives for attracting investment and the need for additional oil refining capacity. For the Gulf producers, ensuring economic security means going beyond petroleum resource management to formulate policies leading to diversified national development and greater economic cohesion while safeguarding the region's strategic position in an integrated world economy.
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Figures and Tables; Abbreviations and Acronyms; Foreword Jamal S. Al-Suwaidi; INTRODUCTION; Economic Security Issues and the Role of the Gulf Energy Sector; KEYNOTE ADDRESS; Gulf Oil and Gas: Ensuring Economic Security H.E. Sheikh Ahmad Fahad Al Ahmad Al Sabah; OIL PRICES AND ECONOMIC SECURITY; 1 Oil Prices and the Challenges for the Producers Herman T. Franssen; 2 Gulf Economic Security in the Age of Globalization Tarik M. Yousef; 3 The Oil Boom, the Oil Curse and the GCC Edward L. Morse; INDUSTRY TRENDS AND PROSPECTS; 4 Future Crude Oil Quality Availability: Implications for the Oil Market Pedro Antonio Merino Garcia; 5 Investment Prospects for Foreign Oil Companies: Risks and Potential Jean-Pierre Favennec; GULF OIL AND SUPPLY SECURITY; 6 Saudi Arabia's Sustainable Capacity and Security Issues Nawaf E. Obaid; 7 The Future Importance of the Gulf in US Energy Requirements Aloulou Fawzi; FUTURE DEMAND FOR GULF OIL; 8 Supplying Asia-Pacific Oil Demand: Role of the Gulf Kang Wu and Jit Yang Lim; 9 Gulf Oil in a Global Context: Strategies for and Challenges to Demand Security Peter R. Odell; Contributors; Notes; Bibliography; Index.

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The Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research is based in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

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