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Summer Issue of YoungPetro

Summer Issue of YoungPetro



The newest YoungPetro issue is available! This time we are focusing on women in petroleum industry. Do you want to know how to be a woman on a rig? You’ll find out in the interview with Karolina Glodek, MWD Engineer.

The main scientific article is the paper ‘Numerical Study on Accidental Gas Release of Natural Gas Transmission Pipelines’ written by Qing Xu, the winner of East meets West Conference! We also present relations from student conferences in Krakow, Beijing and Almaty!

That’s just the little piece of the summer issue! Find out more in the section: Archive .

Norway opens Arctic border area to oil drilling despite protests

Norway opens Arctic border area to oil drilling despite protests

Norway’s Parliament has opened up a new area on the fringe of the Arctic Ocean to offshore oil drilling despite protests from opponents who fear catastrophic oil spills in the remote and icy region.

Most of the Norwegian sector of the Barents Sea, which the Nordic country shares with Russia, is already open to petroleum activities.

But environmentalists and some opposition lawmakers say the risk to Arctic sea ice is higher in a Switzerland-sized area straddling the Russian maritime border, and wanted to make parts of it off limits to oil and gas drilling.

Parliament sided with the government in a vote late Wednesday and opened the entire area to drilling, with the caveat that no activity can take place within 31 miles (50 kilometers) of the ice edge.

Christian Democrat lawmaker Kjell Ingolf Ropstad, who opposed the move, said operations in icy waters are complicated, risky and potentially hazardous to sensitive Arctic ecosystems.

The government says the environmental risks will be managed carefully, noting that Norway does not allow drilling in areas covered by sea ice.
Norway has become one of the world’s richest countries per capita thanks to exports from its offshore oil and gas industry. It’s now moving its search into the Arctic region in a bid to offset declining production in the North Sea.

The slice of the Barents Sea that was opened by Parliament on Wednesday is in an area that was disputed with Russia until the countries signed a maritime border deal in 2010.

Read more: Fuel Fix

Photos : The Johan Castberg project


New EIA report about shale hydrocarbons published

New EIA report about shale hydrocarbons published

The new report about estimated hydrocarbons in shale rocks has just been published by U.S. Energy Information Administration. It assesses 137 shale formations in 41 countries outside the US. In comparison to the previous report from 2011,  the number of analised formations has almost doubled, from 69!

There were two reasons for updating estimations of shale resources. Firstly, there are much more geologic research and well drilling results now (especially from Argentina, Mexico, China and Poland), than in 2011, so the assessments are more reliable. New report also includes shale formations which weren’t included in the previous report. Secondly, since 2011, recent developments in the United States have highlighted the role of shale formations and other tight plays as sources not only of natural gas, but also of crude oil or lease condensates.

New analysis couses an increase in World’s total resources of oil and gas for 11% and 47% respectively!

    TOP 5 countires with technically recoverable shale oil resources are: 1st Russia – 75 billion barrels, 2nd USA – 58 billion bbl, 3rd China – 32 billion bbl, 4th Argentina – 27 billion bbl and 5th Libya – 26 billion bbl.
    TOP 5 with technically recoverable shale gas resources: 1st China – 1 115 trillion cubic feet, 2nd Argentina – 802 trillion CF, 3rd Algeria – 707 trillion CF, 4th USA – 665 trillion CF, 5th Canada – 573 trillion CF.

There are a few notable changes in the reports from 2011 and 2013:

Poland’s shale gas resources estimation has decreased from 187 trillion CF to 148 trillion CF, according to data from drilled wells and geologic research. Similarly has happened to Norwegian, Chinese, South African and Mexican resources.

More information about the EIA 2013 report and the methodology of assessments are here: EIA Report 2013

Fracking foes call for a halt to fracking in California

Fracking foes call for a halt to fracking in California

May 30, 2013 in San Francisco – Protests outside of the Hiram W. Johnson State Office Building against fracking in California – Dozens of protesters with the group Californians Against Fracking staged a protest outside of California Gov. Jerry Brown’s San Francisco offices demanding that Gov. Brown ban fracking in the state. They have formed a united front, calling for a halt to the controversial oil-industry practice. Moreover, they are trying to push a reluctant Gov. Jerry Brown — who has not yet taken a position on fracking — off the fence.

A new coalition of environmental groups, Californians Against Fracking, demand that Brown ban hydraulic fracturing in the state by delivering petitions signed by more than 100,000 people. “Fracking pollution threatens our air and water and Gov. Brown’s legacy as an environmental leader,” said Rose Braz, with the Center for Biological Diversity. Fracking — process that involves pumping pressurized water, sand and chemicals underground to crack rocks has revolutionized oil and natural gas production in the United States. But it has not yet taken off in California, even though the state holds what could be the nation’s largest oil-bearing shale formation. It has been blamed for tainting water supplies and worsening air pollution in another regions, although the industry insists that those fears are vastly overblown.

A study released earlier this year by the University of Southern California forecast that developing the shale could bring California $24.6 billion in new tax revenue by 2020. The California Senate, meanwhile, passed a bill by Sen. Fran Pavley, D-Agoura Hills, (Los Angeles County) that would allow fracking to continue while a risk-assessment study was conducted. If the state did not complete the study by 2015, all fracking in the state would come to a halt.

The whole article you can find on:
Fracking foes push California governor for ban | FUEL FIX

What do you think about this situation and what is your opinion about fracking? Share with us your opinion.

Photo by Food & Water Watch – California