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Energy / Crude Oil

Extreme Offshore: The Hunt for Hard to Find Crude

Jan 27, 2011 at 07:17 | Al Fin

Brazil's quest for extreme oil may cost as much as US$ 1 trillion. That is a lot of money to invest in a such a risky proposition -- to retrieve…

Corruption, Incompetence and Bureaucracy Holding Back Russian Oil Production

Jan 24, 2011 at 08:14 | Al Fin

While Russia is rich in oil and gas resources, the Russian government in 2008 had to introduce a US$4.2 billion tax cut at mid-year to reverse declining production after a…

Preparing for Life in a Peak Oil World

Jan 23, 2011 at 09:01 | Gail Tverberg

We know that peak oil will be here soon, and we feel like we should be doing something. But what? It is frustrating to know where to start. In this…

Generating More Fuel from Less Crude Oil

Jan 21, 2011 at 07:18 | Brian Westenhaus

The UK’s University of Bradford researchers are proposing a method for increasing the yield of the middle distillates, gasoline, jet fuel, and diesel fuel at the refinery by applying…

Dramatic Shift in the Peak Oil Debate

Jan 19, 2011 at 08:42 | Kurt Cobb

If you write about, speak about, or talk with your family, friends and co-workers about peak oil, you've almost certainly been asked: "Well, who else is saying what you're saying?"…

Peak Oil and Limits of the Hubbert Model

Jan 18, 2011 at 08:40 | The Oil Drum

The Hubbert model says that, within a reasonably large region, oil production should follow a bell shaped curve. When the model is applied to worldwide oil production, the maximum level…

2010 Crude Oil: 50 Billion Barrels Discovered, 30 Billion Barrels Used

Jan 18, 2011 at 08:16 | Al Fin

With the price of oil hovering above $70 a barrel for over a year -- and around $90 a barrel for several weeks -- oil exploration companies can get to…

Venezuela’s Oil Industry Hurting Despite Huge Reserves

Jan 17, 2011 at 08:33 | Al Fin

Jorge Pinon, an energy expert at Florida International University in Miami, said that Venezuela's state oil company has suffered from a lack of adequate technology and investment, hurting oil output…

Oil Shale Mining and Research Picking Up Steam

Jan 15, 2011 at 09:04 | Al Fin

Estonia's largest oil shale mining company, Eesti Energia, reported the largest oil shale production figures in 18 years for 2010 - 17 million tons, up 3 million tons from the…

Declining Crude Oil Production and Incorrect Energy Data

Jan 14, 2011 at 10:09 | The Oil Drum

The dramatic fall of Mexican oil production, and its largest field Cantarell, is often cited as a signature example of the problems facing Non-OPEC supply. Since the production highs of…

Investors Beware: Hidden Dangers of Increasing U.S. Dependence on Canadian Oil Sands

Jan 13, 2011 at 08:06 | Ed Dolan

Canada is the biggest supplier of oil imports to the United States. Increasingly, those imports come from its vast reserves of oil sands. Is the growing U.S. dependence on Canadian…

The First Oil Shock

Jan 13, 2011 at 07:52 | James Hamilton

A research paper by Eyal Dvir of Boston College and Ken Rogoff of Harvard suggests some interesting parallels between the recent behavior of oil prices and what was observed…

What is Big Oil Thinking but Not Saying

Jan 07, 2011 at 11:10 | Brian Westenhaus

Big Oil is much smarter than people think.  By Big Oil this writer means the free world’s independent oil companies.  For those watching, Big Oil has been shifting the publicly…

Oil Industry Still Coming Under Fire

Dec 31, 2010 at 10:44 | Gail Tverberg

Bashing the oil industry seems to be popular. The most recent example is the New York Times’ editorial They haven’t learned. I don’t think any industry is perfect, but…

In Situ Technologies and the Canadian Oil Sands

Dec 31, 2010 at 10:41 | Al Fin

For oil sands that are too deep for surface mining operations, some form of "in-situ" is needed to extract the oil. Most in-situ operations involve the injection of steam into…

Iraq Oil Output Highest in 20 Years

Dec 30, 2010 at 10:24 | ISN Security Watch

Iraq's new oil minister, Abdul Kareem Luaibi, said the country's oil output has reached 2.6 million barrels per day, the highest level for more than 20 years. Luaibi said developing…

What Can we do Now About Peak Oil

Dec 29, 2010 at 06:41 | Gail Tverberg

Our problem now is that we have built a complex economy that depends on oil and other fuels. We can see that we will have less oil in the future.…

World Oil Production – A Look Ahead

Dec 28, 2010 at 10:40 | Gail Tverberg

If we look at a graph of historical world oil production, we see a somewhat bumpy production pattern with two major price spikes (in 2009 $)–one peaking in 1981 and…

Huge Amount of Oil Available, But…

Dec 26, 2010 at 09:45 | Gail Tverberg

There is a huge amount of oil which theoretically can be extracted, but the question is whether the cost will be cheap enough for us to be able to afford…

Why Peak Oil Matters

Dec 21, 2010 at 10:55 | The Oil Drum

It is easy to become befuddled by the current discourse on peak oil. Peak oil is defined generally as the point at which the flow rate of oil to society…

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