Accession Number : AD0697116

Title :   AN EXAMINATION OF THE INTERNATIONAL FLOW OF CRUDE OIL, WITH SPECIAL REFERENCE TO THE MIDDLE EAST,

Corporate Author : RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CALIF

Personal Author(s) : Connors,T. T.

Report Date : OCT 1969

Pagination or Media Count : 86

Abstract : This paper describes the basic nature of crude oil transportation, its technology, worldwide pattern, and future. It gives special emphasis to the movement of crude oil between the Middle East and Western Europe because of the critical supply-and-demand relationships existing between the two regions; further, it underscores the growth of both the crude oil tanker and crude oil pipelines, and the effect that this growth will have on the future patterns of crude oil flow. And it notes that the interest of the Soviet Union in the Middle East and the Suez Canal is an increasingly influential factor in the international flow of crude oil. The future role of the United States in the Middle East will derive in an important way from its ties with Western Europe. Since what is vital to the one will be of concern to the other, the United States will continue to regard the flow of crude oil to Western Europe (and the growing influence of the Soviet Union on it) as an important foreign policy matter. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*PETROLEUM INDUSTRY, *TRANSPORTATION), MIDDLE EAST, WESTERN EUROPE, PETROLEUM PRODUCTS, TANKERS, CARGO, MARINE TRANSPORTATION, COMMERCE, ECONOMICS, CONSUMPTION, PRODUCTION, PREDICTIONS, NATURAL RESOURCES, FOREIGN POLICY, COST EFFECTIVENESS, UNITED STATES, USSR

Subject Categories : Economics and Cost Analysis
      Government and Political Science

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE