The Geopolitics of Chinese Energy Security


  • Kelly Ogle Centre for Military and Strategic Studies, University of Calgary


One way of understanding the modern world is to view it as broken up into rival political and economic blocs that compete for resources and markets through political, economic, and military power. Today, governments of energy consuming nations worldwide are concerned about the security of their energy needs more so than at any other time since the oil crises of the 1970s. Additionally, issues such as environmental stewardship, corporate social responsibility, sustainability, and human rights are factors in the contemporary energy debate. According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), in 2008 China produced 190 million metric tons (Mt) of oil, unfortunately the Chinese were net importers of 159 Mt of oil. What energy policies is China adopting to bridge this gap, and what does this mean for the United States? This paper examines various aspects and inter-relationships of energy security through a geopolitical lens, beginning with a discussion of the supply and demand of crude oil, and an attempt to understand energy security. It also places China in an evolving world energy matrix, examine China’s relationship with the United States and the future of Chinese/U.S energy and security policy concerns, and discusses the future of Chinese energy policy and security.

Author Biography

Kelly Ogle, Centre for Military and Strategic Studies, University of Calgary

Kelly Ogle has more than 30 years experience, resulting in significant value creation in the junior oil and gas sector. His career has spanned the gamut from field operations as a battery operator to becoming the CEO and/or President of several junior oil and gas companies and subsequent growth in production rate from 0 to greater than 3,000 BOEPD several times. From an operational perspective, he has extensive heavy oil experience and have participated in the drilling of several hundred wells to all depths, including critical sour operations. He has overseen the creation of several Emergency Response Plans and operational manuals. From an administrative perspective he has participated in the arrangement of more than $100 million of financings and has overseen the clearance of numerous prospectuses and information circulars as well as the creation of codes of conduct and employee manuals. He has been a participant in all categories of public company committee duties including reserves, operational health and safety, audit, compensation and governance. He is currently a director of a mid-sized oil sands producer, Connacher oil and Gas Limited. He is currently enrolled at the University of Calgary in the Center for Military and Strategic Studies (CMSS) as a Master’s candidate with the goal of thesis defence in the fall of 2011.




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