Energy Intelligence Note: 12 May, 2007
A recent trend at Energy Intelligence has been assessing the geopolitical impacts of Peak Oil. While it is easy to discern these impacts today in places like Nigeria and Iraq, it may not be long before we must add a new term to our collective geopolitical vocabulary: Cabinda.
Cabinda is a small ethnic exclave of Angola. It is where most of Angola's oil is produced, and where most of Angola's future production increases will come from. It is also the only Angolan province with an active insurgency and independence movement. In my opinion, Cabinda--and Angola's oil production along with it--may be the next geopolitical casualty of Peak Oil. There haven't been any attacks on the oil infrastructure yet (unless Thursday's "suspicious fire" at a Total platform in next-door Congo turns out to be the first such incident), but the situation is the perfect tinder-box.
For more information on Cabinda, and on the potential for an "Oil Insurgency," see my article in today's Oil Drum: Cabinda: Prospects for an Oil Insurgency in the Angolan Exclave.