Accueil > Energy security


Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Spring 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English

Voir les plans de cours et bibliographies


Basic knowledge about energy chain would be a plus.

Course Description

The objective will be to look into energy security as one of the key objectives of energy policy from various angles in a historic and global perspective. A focus will be made on oil security of supply including the evolution of geopolitical and other risks. As me move towards a more comprehensive approach of energy security, gas security and electricity security will also be discussed. The role of the various stakeholders: International organizations, the EU, States, industry will be examined. Interaction of energy security with other timely issues in energy policy like climate change, energy poverty, or affordability of energy will also be analyzed. The course will combine lectures with presentations and written papers from students on specific issues. A few presentations from industry representatives will be proposed to provide a different perspective. Objective of the course : understand the central role of energy security in the definition of energy policy, how it has evolved over time, what is the role of various stakeholders (states, international organizations, industry), what is the interaction between energy security and other objectives of energy policy, how we have moved from oil security as the central concern to a more comprehensive approach of energy security.


NACHET, Said (Formateur Conseiller)

Pedagogical format

Lectures with discussion and presentations (also by invited experts from industry and organisations).

Course validation

Assessment will be done through participation to the seminars including presentations and a written report.


Students will be asked to make an oral presentation and/or to produce a written report on a specific subject.

Required reading

  • “Energy Security: Economics, Politics, Strategies, and Implications”, Carlos Pascual, Jonathan Elkind (Editors), Brookings Institution Press, 2010, (279 pages)
  • “Energy Security”, Roland Dannreuther, John Wiley & Sons, July 24, 2017 - Political Science (204 pages)
  • International Energy Agency ( IEA World Energy Outlook.
  • OPEC (
  • Energy Charter Treaty (

Additional required reading

  • Center for Strategic International Studies-CSIS ( Energy and Climate section.
  • World Energy Council (

Plans de cours et bibliographies

  • Session 1: Introduction to Energy Security
  • Session 2:  Oil Supply Security
  • Session 3: Oil Security: IEA Emergy Response Mechanism
  • Session 4: Natural gas security
  • Session 5: Electricity security
  • Session 6: Energy Markets
  • Session 7: Role of different stakeholders
  • Session 8:  Energy poverty and access
  • Session 9:  Climate change & energy security
  • Session 10: Handling Energy Security: regional examples
  • Session 11: Measuring energy security
  • Session 11: Wrap-up Session

Biographical information

Dr. Said Nachet is President of Energy Consulting and Advisory Services (ECAS). He is the Director of two energy oriented Summits (International Oil Summit, International Gas & Power Summit) held yearly in Paris. He is also senior professional trainer at IFP Training, the vocational training arm of IFP. In this capacity, he prepared and implemented in-house training sessions for senior executives from the petroleum industry.
As Professor Associate at IFP School, Dr. Nachet coordinated a postgraduate programme in Energy Economics and supervised many works on various oil and gas related topics. He deliver regular lectures for senior executives from international petroleum industry in many countries throughout the world, etc.
From March 2006 to March 2012, Dr. Nachet served as Energy Director of the International Energy Forum IEF Secretariat. He led the Energy Division producing energy policy-oriented recommendations for IEF Ministers to address issues relevant to the global energy dialogue. In this position, he spoke in many international energy conferences covering power sector issues and challenges, energy efficiency policies and energy poverty mitigation in Least Developing Countries.
Before joining the IEF Secretariat, Dr. Said Nachet was Energy Counsellor for the Middle East French Economic Mission, in charge of energy affairs in Riyadh (1999-2004) and Dubai (2004-2006). He produced a large number of analysis and papers on oil and gas production in the Middle East, cooperation and partnership between International and National Oil Companies, natural gas markets in Asia, Europe and North America, technological development in the oil sector, among others.
Prior to this position, he was Deputy Head of Oil and Gas Markets Division at the Ministry of Industry, France. In this capacity, he represented France on oil market related issues at the International Energy Agency (IEA), the European Commission (EC) and other organisations. Dr. Nachet is the Director of the Paris Energy Club and member of the Arab Energy Club.
Dr. Nachet is regularly invited to speak at various conferences, workshops and symposia on energy related matters. He holds a PhD in Energy Economics and M.A. in Econometrics.