The region comprising the countries around and in the proximity of the Bay of Bengal has remained relatively unexplored for energy. Following a few major discoveries of oil and natural gas, it is now becoming promising even as the energy requirements of a combined population exceeding 1.5 billion are growing exponentially. Here, the opportunities for regional cooperation are immense in a number of fields production of oil and gas, their transportation, trading in energy, and production facilities for renewable energy. New initiatives are necessary to fully tap their potential. This region is indeed a new energy frontier which has only recently been discovered. No doubt major challenges will need to be overcome. Common stakes and growing interdependence should, however, make it possible for the countries of the region to cooperate in the plans and programmes on energy.
A New Energy Frontier: The Bay of Bengal Region; Preliminary pages; 1. An Overview of the Energy Scene in the Bay of Bengal Region, by Sudhir T Devare; 2. Current and Expected Energy Production and Consumption within the Bay of Bengal Region: A Synopsis, by Elspeth Thomson; 3. Gas Potential at the Bay of Bengal and Implications for India's Energy Security, by Talmiz Ahmad; 4. Macroeconomic Challenges for the Growth of the Energy Sector in Bangladesh in the Context of Regional Integration, by Debapriya Bhattacharya Tazeen Tahsina; 5. Energy in the Bay of Bengal Region: Myanmar's Perspective, by U Than Tun; 6. Marine-related Energy Resources in the Eastern Indian Ocean: Indonesian Perspective, by Sugiarta Wirasantosa; 7. Energy Trading and Singapore's Role as a Hub, by Ong Eng Tong; 8. Bay of Bengal: Awakening of a Potential Giant Area, by P K Singh; 9. Energy Transportation Security in the Bay of Bengal, by Vijay Sakhuja; 10. Ethical Business Practice or Camouflage? Energy and Mining Companies and Corporate Social Responsibility, by Andrew Symon; 11. Sustainable and Renewable Energy: Scenarios for the Future, by Christophe Bongars.