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Are We On The Cusp Of A Global Energy Crisis?

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Goehring and Rozencwajg believe that we are on the cusp of a global energy crisis because of the depletion of U.S. tight oil plays. “We are on the cusp of a global energy crisis…Global energy markets in general and oil markets in particular are slipping into a structural deficit as we speak. We believe that energy […]

The African continent is very slowly peeling apart

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In one of the hottest places on Earth, along an arid stretch of East Africa’s Afar region, it’s possible to stand on the exact spot where, deep underground, the continent is splitting apart. This desolate expanse sits atop the juncture of three tectonic plates that are very slowly peeling away from each other, a complex […]

Kansas; 1918

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This is July 18, 1918 and Kansas Natural Gas Company is in the process of discovering the Elk City Field in Elk County, Kansas. The well name is the Simmons No. 2 and its cable tools had just banged out about 3 feel of Mississipian Limestone at 1,340 feet. When she came in she lauched […]

Bakken, Something About EURs, PDP Reserves and R over P Ratio

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Proven reliable methods on the Estimated Ultimate Recovery (EUR) for any well (or other agreed parameter like EUR for the average well of specified vintage populations for plays, fields, companies or other) is crucial to make estimates on remaining Proven Developed Producing (PDP) and Proven UnDeveloped (PUD) reserves which are the linchpins for assets backed […]

Prospect Of Peak Oil Demand Puts Cap On Total Global Oil Reserves


The 2020 release of Rystad Energy’s annual global energy outlook reveals that the Covid-19 downturn will expedite peak oil demand, putting a lid on exploration efforts in remote offshore areas and as a result reducing the world’s recoverable oil by around 282 billion barrels. Global total expected remaining recoverable oil resources decrease to 1,903 billion […]

Scientists detect unexpected widespread structures near Earth’s core


  Earthquakes send sound waves through the Earth. Seismograms record the echoes as those waves travel along the core-mantle boundary, diffracting and bending around dense rock structures. New research from University of Maryland provides the first broad view of these structures, revealing them to be much more widespread than previously known. Credit: Doyeon Kim/University of […]

Is This The World’s Next Oil Hotspot?


By the end of the second quarter of 2020, data from drill bits may tell us whether or not the world has found the next Eagle Ford, and it’s all going down in Africa …  To hear mainstream media tell it, you would think that the oil and gas era is coming to an end. […]

The World Is Running Out of Elements


Make no mistake: We are running out of elements. As humans have filled in all the corners of the periodic table, each element has resulted in technological innovation. Europium and indium are crucial for televisions and touch screens. Rhenium is necessary in fighter jet engines. And to avoid some of the effects of climate change, […]

US GoM 2019 Summary: Part II – Reserves


Introduction BOEM produces an estimate of GoM reserves every year. This year’s covers estimates for then end of 2017. Nominally The figures given are 2P estimates but previous analysis has shown them to be extremely conservative, and they strictly follows SEC rules concerning reserves being bookable only if clear development plans are in place. Backdated […]

Is November 2019 the New US Peak Oil Date?

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A post by Ovi at peakoilbarrel. Here I am again reporting on out of date US February oil production from the EIA April report after the world oil environment has been turned on its head. Fortunately the EIA also has some forward looking reports that make use of more current data to provide projections for […]

New Report Confirming Peak Oil “Oil, oil everywhere, too costly to drill”


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Democrats Trot Out ‘Peak Oil’ Again, and Are Just as Wrong as Ever


Just when we thought it was safe to assume a reliable supply of oil due to the miracle of fracking, liberals have come up with a new excuse to shift from fossil fuels to renewables.  They’ve discovered — as everyone invested in oil has known since before the early 2000s — that fracked wells are frontloaded, […]

Largest Oil Fields in the World


1/ NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP // Getty Images Largest oil fields in the world Growing climate concerns and commitments to clean energy have done little to curb worldwide oil demand, which in the third quarter of 2019 increased by 1.1 million barrels per day. Experts expect peak oil usage in 2036, with 70% of daily oil usage […]

What Peak Oil? Retreating Arctic Ice Opens Vast Reserves to Russian Drillers


A bill authored by the Ministry of Natural Resources was in October this year hammered through parliament. It grants oil and gas companies expanded rights to explore resources both in internal and territorial waters and is aimed at lowering the financial burden of the oilmen engaging in the region. «It allows us to increase the […]

Explaining Peak Oil the Easy Way

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(This translates a slightly different article previously posted in Spansih at the author’s blog, The Oil Crash. Translation by Fabricants de Futur.) A reader has written to me to say that she does not completely understand if we have a serious problem with oil or not, and I have written her a long explanation which […]

Technological Change, Depletion, and the U.S. Petroleum Industry


A common claim in the nonrenewable resource literature is that improvements in technology may largely offset the effects of increasing scarcity over time. This study provides perhaps the first empirical evidence on this issue by analyzing the determinants of the average finding cost for additional petroleum reserves in the U.S. over the 1967-90 period. Using […]

Why the world is running out of sand


It may be little more than grains of weathered rock, and can be found in deserts and on beaches around the world, but sand is also the world’s second most consumed natural resource. A South African entrepreneur shot dead in September. Two Indian villagers killed in a gun battle in August. A Mexican environmental activist […]

Mapped: The World’s Biggest Oil Discoveries Since 1868


Mapped: The World’s Biggest Oil Discoveries Since 1868 Oil and gas discoveries excite markets and nations with the prospect of profits, tax revenues, and jobs. However, geological processes did not distribute them equally throughout the Earth’s crust and their mere presence does not guarantee a windfall for whatever nation under which they lie. Entire economies […]

Predicting the Presence of Natural Gas Hydrates Potential in the Maritime Regions of Pakistan


ABSTRACT This paper provides a feasibility model of using satellite imaging technology to indicate hydrate presence and evaluate gas hydrate saturation trapped in the premises of Pakistan. The study compiles an effort to justify the potential of gas hydrates in Pakistan and their effective extraction. Satellite images of the Arabian Sea are correlated with previously […]

U.S. Oil Reserves and Peak Oil

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U.S. Oil Reserves and Peak Oil Trang T. D. Luong Published 2013 DOI:10.5038/2326-3652.4.2.1 Abstract. We use calculus methods to estimate the quantity of U.S. oil reserves. We consider a model that consists of an exponential function with four unknown constants. We fit real oil production data to determine the unknown constants. With the constants determined […]

Peak Oil Postponed… Again: US EIA International Energy Outlook

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Guest “divestment my @$$!” by David Middleton Jude Clemente rocks! Sep 29, 2019 The U.S. Department Of Energy Says More Oil, More Natural Gas Jude Clemente Contributor Energy I cover oil, gas, power, LNG markets, linking to human development. Numerous energy headlines from this past week alone caught my attention. They perfectly illustrate the massive scale of […]

Renat Muslimov: “Oil, in fact, is endless. It is a renewable energy source”

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“Oil, in fact, is endless. It is a renewable energy source,” says Adviser to the Tatarstan President on issues of the exploration of oil and gas fields Renat Muslimov, who commented on the results of the Tatarstan Petrochemical Forum to Realnoe Vremya. However, the expert warns against excessive optimism: the industry needs new technologies, and […]

Peak Oil and NTHE–the intersection


What I’m still trying to do, even in the face of overwhelming evidence. For those joining this site recently–I’ve been writing about Peak Oil and NTHE for seven years. But not intersectionally. If you know about Peak Oil, you can probably skip this. Peak Oil was first defined in 1956 by one M. King Hubbert, […]



In this video Paul Andersen explains how mining is used to extract valuable minerals from the Earth’s crust. Surface and subsurface mining are used to extract ore which is then processed. A discussion of ecosystem impacts and legislation is also included.

Aker BP makes oil discovery off Norway


Norwegian oil firm Aker BP has made an oil discovery off Norway which could strengthen its hand in negotiations with sometimes partner Equinor on how to develop fields. Aker BP, formed from a merger of BP’s Norwegian oil assets and the Det norske oil firm controlled by billionaire Kjell-Inge Roekke, said on Thursday it had […]

Global oil reserves data is muddled, but does it really matter?


Proved oil reserves, historically a proxy for geopolitical clout and energy security, may be losing their currency in a world set on ushering in the end of the fossil fuel era. The growing acceptance of the climate threat from carbon-rich energy is focusing minds on producing cleaner fuels rather than stockpiling sources of old, dirty […]

The Dead Cow Finally Produces Oil, a Century After Its Discovery

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Along the western edge of Argentina’s Patagonia, on an arid steppe nestled against the Andes mountains, lies a shale formation known as the Vaca Muerta. And ever since engineers confirmed what an American geologist suspected a century ago — that the Vaca Muerta, or dead cow, contains massive amounts of oil and gas — the […]

New Oil and Gas Discovery in Norwegian Sea


Equinor, along with its partners Ineos E&P and Faroe Petroleum, have made an oil and gas discovery in the Norwegian Sea through the Snadd Outer Outer/Black Vulture exploration well. Gas was proven at the well’s first target, Snadd Outer Outer. Further drilling to the second target, Black Vulture, hit oil. The well volume totals 3 […]

OPEC May Production Data

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The below charts, unless otherwise noted, were taken from the OPEC Monthly Oil Market Report. The data is through May, 2019 and is in thousand barrels per day. OPEC crude only production was down 236,000 barrels per day in May but that was after April production had been revised upward by 82,000 bpd. Iranian April […]

Helium is a finite resource—who knew?


Almost precisely 10 years ago I wrote about the likelihood of a shortage of helium in the not-to-distant future in a piece entitled “Let’s party ’til the helium’s gone.” Last week worries about a helium shortage appeared in my news feed. It seems that we are indeed going to party ’til the helium’s gone as […]

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@robintransition This is massive, yet not so much fuss.. YET! @DrSimEvans: BP in 2018: #PeakOil? We'll be using oil for "many decades to come" & "little reason" to think it'll "fall sharply" after peak BP in 2020: "Peak oil" was in 2019 and demand could fall 50% in 20yrs…

Analysis: World has already passed ‘peak #oil’, BP figures reveal… #peakoil