Re: Washington Capitulates: Peak Oil Is RealSep 12th, 2009
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Posted: September 12, 2009, 1:50 AM by NP Editor
Russian research has shown that the Earth doesn’t need dinosaurs to produce oil
By Lawrence SolomonDo dead dinosaurs fuel our cars? The assumption that they do, along with other dead matter thought to have formed what are known as fossil fuels, has been an article of faith for centuries. Our geologists are taught fossil fuel theory in our schools; our energy companies search for fossil fuels by divining where the dinosaurs lay down and died. Sooner or later, we will run out of liquefied dinosaurs and be forced to turn to either nuclear or renewable fuels, virtually everyone believes.
Except in Russia and Ukraine. What is to us a matter of scientific certainty is by no means accepted there. Many Russians and Ukrainians — no slouches in the hard sciences — have since the 1950s held that oil does not come exclusively, or even partly, from dinosaurs but is formed below the Earth’s 25-mile deep crust. This theory — first espoused in 1877 by Dmitri Mendeleev, who also developed the periodic table — was rejected by geologists of the day because he postulated that the Earth’s crust had deep faults, an idea then considered absurd. Mendeleev wouldn’t be vindicated...
Another breathless article cobbled together out of bits and pieces of fact and fiction.
Quote"Today, Russians laugh at our peak oil theories as they explore, and find, the bounty in the bowels of the Earth. Russia’s reserves have been climbing steadily — according to BP’s annual survey, they stood at 45 billion barrels in 2001, 69 billion barrels in 2004, and 80 billion barrels of late, making Russia an oil superpower that this year produced more oil than Saudi Arabia.
Russians don't explore and find they hire westerners with the skills and technology to explore and find for them.
They can't do it themselves they have neither the skill, the engineering capacity or the existing technology.
The seismic, the drilling rigs, the engineering, the service companies all come from the West.
All the new fields are joint Russian-Multinational oil company operations.
The Russians own the land.
The multinationals (The West) find, drill, complete and monitor the production.
So I fail to see why they would "laugh" about that.
Russian oil output has peaked because Western companies are tired of being screwed over by Russian Mafia and are starting to cut back development.
Granted it's Russia's oil but as soon as the multinationals quit developing it for them production plateau's which it now has.
Russian Oil reserves are about 60 billion BBLs, Canadian reserves by comparison are around 175 billion BBLs.
So that about puts Russian oil in perspective.
Russia does have the largest gas reserves in the world however that's a different kettle of fish.
quote:In a study published in Nature Geoscience, researchers from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Sweden and the Geophysical Laboratory of the Carnegie Institution of Washington joined colleagues at the Lomonosov Moscow State Academy of Fine Chemical Technology in publishing evidence that hydrocarbons can be produced 40 to 95 miles beneath the surface of the Earth. At these depths — in what’s known as Earth’s Upper Mantle — high temperatures and intense pressures combine to generate hydrocarbons. The hydrocarbons then migrate toward the surface of the Earth through fissures in the Earth’s crust, sometimes feeding existing pools of oil, sometimes creating entirely new ones. According to Sweden’s Royal Institute, “fossils of animals and plants are not necessary to generate raw oil and natural gas. This result is extremely radical as it means that it will be much easier to find these energy sources and that they may be located all over the world.”
Every single oil field in Russia is conventionally sourced and trapped.
To repeat myself every single producing oil field in Russia today is geologically understood, delineated and defined as conventionally sourced oil.
Just about all the new fields (like Sakhalin) were defined and produced by Western multinationals and their Western geologists and geophysicists.
So the above theory has not resulted in one, not one, drop of oil actually being produced.
Anywhere let alone Russia.
You will notice the quotes about unconventionally sourced oil flip back and forth between the terms "oil" and "hydrocarbons"
Thats because hydrocarbons can be created deep in the bowels of the earth.
Just not oil.
Oil cannot be created deeper than the existence of sedimentary marine shales.
Methane can be created in swamps by bacterial action.
Hydrocarbon cow farts and belches are a massive contributor methane in the atmosphere.
Even humans after a long night of cheap draft, pickled eggs and pizza can create hydrocarbon bearing gases.
No oil though.
So the day one drop, just one drop, of "deep" unconventionally sourced oil gets produced is the day I start to believe.