What is Peak oil?
"The term Peak Oil refers to the maximum rate of the production of oil in any area under consideration, recognising that it is a finite natural resource, subject to depletion."
Submitted by Kjell Aleklett on Mon, 2012-07-02 14:47.
At the ASPO meeting in Vienna I was elected anew to be president of ASPO for an additional two years. Now autumn’s agenda has begun to fill with conferences where I will represent ASPO and Uppsala University. First there are four conferences in China in the middle of September of which ”The 2nd International Symposium of Unconventional Oil & Gas" is the most important.
Immediately afterwards at the end of September and beginning of October I will be in Abu Dhabi for ”The World Route Development Strategy Summit”. . The World Bank has invited me to participate and discuss the future of aviation at that industry’s largest conference.
The meeting following that is in October and is “the 127th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU)” . It will be held in Québec in Canada.
Submitted by Kjell Aleklett on Wed, 2012-06-20 23:40.
Submitted by Kjell Aleklett on Mon, 2012-06-04 22:50.
Presentation of the book Peeking at Peak Oil
ASPO was formed 10 years ago in 2002 during the world’s first Peak Oil conference in Uppsala. During the autumn of the year 2000 a number of people had encouraged Colin Campbell to take the initiative to form an organization that would study Peak Oil and inform the world that it faced a great challenge – within 10 years the world’s oil production would reach its maximum level. Together with Jean Leherrere, Colin had described this fact in an article in Scientific American in March 1998. This year’s conference was our tenth and, at the same time, a 10 year jubilee for ASPO. My opening presentation can be downloaded for viewing. You can look at it as I refer to it in the text below.
Submitted by Mikael Höök on Sat, 2012-05-12 16:40.
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has released a working paper entitled "The Future of Oil: Geology versus Technology".
Submitted by Mikael Höök on Thu, 2012-03-15 15:03.
Rex Weyler, executive member of the Vancouver Peak Oil campaign group, has written a viewpoint on peak oil for Public Service Europe.
During the last century, society squandered 500 million years of captured sunlight on drag races, traffic jams, private jets and overheated office buildings - warns campaign group. Oil company cheerleaders proclaiming huge supplies of oil are dead wrong. Peak oil is as real as rain, and it is here now. Not 2050. Not 2020. Now. Oil production has been flat since 2005. This is not by choice. The producers cannot increase production because new fields cannot keep pace with declining production from old fields. The plateau is the top of the global depletion curve. Furthermore, this end of energy growth only accounts for volume. Energy quality and net-energy are falling like stones as environmental devastation increases. Every producing oil field on earth is in decline, unless it is brand new, and peak discoveries are well behind us. Meanwhile, the aggregate decline rate appears to be about 5 per cent per year.
Submitted by Mikael Höök on Wed, 2012-02-29 08:38.
Chen and Hsu have published a recent study about oil price volatility and its impact on global trade. A large annual panel data set covering 84 countries has been examined and the evidence shows that trade will be lower when oil prices fluctuate significantly. This supports the ideas presented earlier by Rubin in the book "Why Your World is About to Get a Whole Lot Smaller: Oil and the End of Globalization" that peak oil may in fact reverse globalization.
Available from: ScienceDirect
Submitted by Mikael Höök on Thu, 2012-02-16 07:07.
A recent publication in Energy Economics by Douglas Reynolds and Jungho Baek has analyzed the use of Hotelling and Hubbert theories as determinants for oil price. Their conclusing is that scarcity rent has little importance, while the Hubbert curve is a major determinant for oil prices.
Submitted by Mikael Höök on Thu, 2011-10-13 07:51.
The head of Norway’s oil agency has sounded the alarm over high drilling costs on the country’s continental shelf that are putting a serious restraint on its ability to tap new reserves to reverse a production decline.
At the same time, offshore operators are delaying drilling due to factors such as a lack of rig capacity and stalling on investments in technology to boost recovery, putting a further brake on reserves expansion, Bente Nyland, director of the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD), warned on Wednesday.
Read more: Upstream Online
Submitted by Mikael Höök on Fri, 2011-09-09 12:10.
The September issue of the American Journal of Public Health is now available online featuring 8 studies and articles by an interdisciplinary set of experts, each examining the health risks posed by peak petroleum and what can be done to mitigate and protect against the onset of a major spike in energy prices.
The studies are entitled:
Submitted by Mikael Höök on Thu, 2011-08-25 16:38.
PetroChina, the Chinese oil and gas giant, saw soaring costs devour much higher revenues in the first half to post a similar profit to a year ago. PetroChina said it piled on revenues in the six months to the end of June despite “a complex macro-economic environment” which saw volatility in oil prices and poor demand for petrochemical products.
The second half could prove even more challenging with the company warning: “The uncertainty and instability of the global economic recovery may become more severe, while the global financial markets and crude prices may see greater fluctuations.”
Read more: Upstream Online