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In the past decade, the need for oil in Asia's new industrial powers, China and India, has grown dramatically. The need for oil in Asia's new industrial powers, China and India, has grown dramatically. The New Kings of Crude takes the reader from the dusty streets of an African capital to Asia's glistening corporate towers to provide a first look at how the world's rising economies established new international oil empires in Sudan, amid one of Africa's longest-running and deadliest civil wars. For over a decade, Sudan fuelled the international rise of Chinese and Indian national oil companies. But the political turmoil surrounding the historic division of Africa's largest country, with the birth of South Sudan, challenged Asia's oil giants to chart a new course. Luke Patey weaves together the stories of hardened oilmen, powerful politicians, rebel fighters, and human rights activists to show how the lure of oil brought China and India into Sudan - only later to ensnare both in the messy politics of a divided country. His book also introduces the reader to the Chinese and Indian oilmen and politicians who were willing to become entangled in an African civil war in the pursuit of the world's most coveted resource. It offers a portrait of the challenges China and India are increasingly facing as emerging powers in the world.

'As Mr Patey writes, despite worsening returns and growing unease, Sudan remains the 'largest overseas achievement' of the state-owned oil companies of both China and India. [...] Patey's book has pen-portraits of the individuals who spearheaded and maintained exploration programmes in Sudan, ... the new kings of crude [who] may yet have a role in trying to quell the violence in the two Sudans.' --The Economist'The New Kings of Crude is a clear-eyed account of the machinations of the newest players in the global oil business... Patey sketches deft portraits of the principal personalities and institutions that shaped the development of the petroleum sector in Sudan, China and India.' --Business Standard'...an intricately researched book ... Patey's mastery of the subject is clear, and this long-form analysis is a welcome addition to a surprisingly empty bookshelf on the subject. ... The New Kings of Crude is written in a personable and character-driven style, making it accessible to the general reader and those with an academic interest. Its greatest strength, however, is that it provides a comprehensive history to the never-ending complexities of Sudanese politics which continue to dictate events to this day.' --Think Africa Press

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  • PDF | 356 pages
  • Luke Patey(Author)
  • C Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd (16 Jan. 2014)
  • English
  • 6
  • Science & Nature

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  • By Manx_Giraffe on 6 August 2015

    A very in depth look at the history of the Sudanese oil industry through its ongoing, strained international relations going from the initial efforts of Chevron and Total through to the Chinese (CNPC) and Indian (OVL) efforts right up to today through the various civil wars and the splitting of the two countries.A good pace is kept though all this and a great sense is given of the various viewpoints of each of the main players including the western opinion, though it can seem a bit too detached at times and would benefit from some more witnesses within the countries and companies. As an impartial view though it is an excellent one that leaves you informed but keeps you interested.

  • By John Kemp on 26 October 2014

    I bought this on a whim and it proved to be a real gem. Patey blends deep insight into the politics and economics of the oil industry with a humane interest in the society of one of Africa's most forgotten country's and vivid writing that brings to life the society and intrigue of Sudan. Highly recommended for anyone with an interest in the oil industry


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