Energy Security in Yemen


  1. Torosyan, E.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Centre for Operational Research and Analysis, Ottawa ON (CAN)
This Report analyzes the security of the energy industry and its infrastructure in Yemen and also examines the potential impact of insecurity in Yemen on global energy security. To achieve this, the political environment, oil export levels, various security threats, as well as measures taken by government and oil companies to counter these threats are examined. The evaluation of existing security threats including political instability, terrorism, tribal warfare and religious strife and their possible escalation highlight the precarious situation in the country. Findings demonstrate that the decline of oil and gas prices as a result of the global economic downturn has reduced the government's ability to contain the escalation of these conflicts. However, the fundamental problem of Yemen‘s energy sector is depletion of its oil reserves leading to rapidly declining oil production levels. The decline of Yemen's energy sector will have a very minor impact on global energy supplies, but could facilitate the political collapse of Yemen. This collapse would pose a far bigger threat and could have a negative impact on regional and global energy security.

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Energy security;Fundamentalist Islam;Tribalism;Hashid;Bakil;Salafis;Zaidis;Ahmed Saleh;al Houthi;al Qaeda;Ali Mohsen;Northern Yemen;Ali Abdullah Saleh;Sa'ada;Saudi Arabia;Arabia;Southern Yemen;Wahabism;Bab el-Mandab;Nasir al-Wuhayshi;Oil revenue;Oil production
Report Number
DRDC-CORA-CR-2009-001 — Contractor Report
Date of publication
01 Sep 2009
Number of Pages
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