Category Archives: Oil

Another reason to think oil production probably peaked in 2005

[ In this Kurt Cobb post, Texas oilman Jeffrey brown explains why the story of oil production growth from 2005 to 2014 is probably wrong, because the increase came from lease condensate, not oil.  If this is true then Brown … Continue reading

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Industrial Waste Heat – more BTUs than all renewable energy resources combined

Industrial waste heat Coal, natural gas, and oil are essential for the high temperatures required in the thermal processing of metals, cement, fertilizer, glass, processed foods, and so on. About 420 trillion Btus of this is wasted, and some of … Continue reading

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When will the Alaska pipeline turn into an 800-mile-long Popsicle?

[Below are excerpts on the Alaskan pipeline from Rust: The Longest War by Jonathan Waldman.  This is a great book, yet leaves so many possible rust stories uncovered, that I hope Waldman writes Rust II (or any other topic — … Continue reading

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The crude oil export ban: Helpful or hurtful 2015 House hearing

House 114-22. April 14, 2015. The Crude oil export ban: Helpful or hurtful? House of Representatives. [ Excerpts from the 73-page transcript of the hearing follow ] Ted Poe, Texas. The United States is now the largest crude oil producer … Continue reading

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Oil Choke Points vulnerable to war, chaos, terrorism, piracy

Source: Ballout, D. 2013. Choke Points: Our energy access points. Oil Change. Million Barrels per day / 2009 world Oil Transit Chokepoints 15.5 / Strait of Hormuz, 20 to 25% of the world’s daily crude oil production 13.6 / Strait … Continue reading

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Former President Carter on U.S. energy security & policy now and in the past

[Former President Carter and General Wald both mention the American public needs to be better informed about the energy crisis to motivate them to stop buying gas-guzzling vehicles, since that’s why we go to war in the Middle East at … Continue reading

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Oil Infrastructure – pipelines, refineries, terminals

U.S. OIL Pipelines 2013 (US DOT/RITA reports 49,974 miles of crude and 87,452 miles of refined product pipelines in Table 1-10: U.S. Oil and Gas Pipeline) Transmission liquids pipelines delivered 8,305,840,173 billion barrels of crude oil Transmission liquids pipelines delivered … Continue reading

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The difference between depletion and decline rate in oil fields

Notes from 26 page: Höök, M., Davidsson, S., Johansson, S., Tang, X. 2014. Decline and depletion rates of oil production: a comprehensive investigation. Philosophical Transactions. Series A: Mathematical, physical, and engineering science, 372 Depletion rate is the rate that the … Continue reading

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Drilling for Arctic Oil and Gas. National Petroleum Council 2015

[The EROI of arctic oil and gas is very low, and the likely ecological damage not worth the risk. But once oil shortages strike the gloves will come off, and arctic exploitation will be the least of things to worry … Continue reading

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Hydrocarbon liquids, drop-in fuels, oil refining, oil distribution, GTL, CTL

Notes from 41 page: National Petroleum Council. 2012. Chapter 11: Hydrocarbon Liquids.                        Hydrocarbon liquids have properties that make them high-quality transportation fuels and allow the supply chain to operate … Continue reading

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