oa Civil Engineering = Siviele Ingenieurswese - Making African logistics move

Volume 19, Issue 8
  • ISSN : 1021-2000



Global demand for natural resources is at an all-time high, driven primarily by the seemingly endless appetite of the East. With economies like China and India consistently maintaining significant growth rates in the region of 10% per annum whilst the rest of the world grows at 2-3% p.a., one can begin to understand the imbalance in global supply which is currently taking place. China is forecasting a shortfall of 100 million tonnes of coal by 2015, while India is forecasting a 112 million tonne shortfall over the same period. In order to maintain the traditional demands of the West and feed the growing requirements of the East, new supply regions will need to be secured.

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