Archives Mensuelles: septembre 2012

Chokepoints: Bab el-Mandeb

The Bab el-Mandeb is a chokepoint between the Horn of Africa and the Middle East, and a strategic link between the Mediterranean Sea and Indian Ocean. It is located between Yemen, Djibouti and Eritrea, and connects the Red Sea with the Gulf of Aden and the Arabian Sea. Most exports from the Persian Gulf that […]

Chokepoints: Suez Canal/SUMED Pipeline

The Suez Canal and SUMED Pipeline are strategic routes for Persian Gulf oil shipments to Europe. Closure of the Suez Canal and SUMED Pipeline would add an estimated 6,000 miles of transit around the continent of Africa. Suez Canal The Suez Canal is located in Egypt and connects the Red Sea and Gulf of Suez […]

Chokepoints: Malacca

The Strait of Malacca, located between Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore, links the Indian Ocean to the South China Sea and Pacific Ocean. Malacca is the shortest sea route between Persian Gulf suppliers and the Asian markets – notably China, Japan, South Korea and the Pacific Rim. Oil shipments through the Strait of Malacca supply China […]

Chokepoints: Strait of Hormuz

Located between Oman and Iran, the Strait of Hormuz connects the Persian Gulf with the Gulf of Oman and the Arabian Sea. The Strait of Hormuz is the world’s most important oil chokepoint due to its daily oil flow of about 17 million bbl/d in 2011. Flows throught the Strait in 2011 were roughly 35 percent […]

World chokepoints presentation

Chokepoints are narrow channels along widely used global sea routes, some so narrow that restrictions are placed on the size of the vessel that can navigate through them. They are a critical part of global energy security due to the high volume of oil traded though their narrow straits. In 2011, total world oil production […]