Chevron Testing Solar-Powered Oil Fields

Solar Power Ninja

By installing 7,700 solar panels generating about 740 kilowatts of electricity – to help power their oil refineries. The power generated by the solar system at the site will be deployed to the local utility grid as well as to Chevron’s oil production complex at the company’s Kern River Field. Or is the oil giant actually trying to do it’s part? ” Government / Industry chevron solar chevron solar oil field

Mexico discovers ‘huge’ oil field

Eco Friendly Daily

Mexican President Vicente Fox has announced the discovery of a new deep-water oil field, which is believed to contain 10bn barrels of crude. The field is in the Gulf of Mexico, and Mexico says it could be bigger than its largest oil field, Cantarell. Mr Fox made the announcement as figures showed the country’s total oil reserves had fallen 2% between 2003 and 2005. The oil is under 930 metres (0.6

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Mexico discovers ‘huge’ oil field

Eco Friendly Daily

Mexican President Vicente Fox has announced the discovery of a new deep-water oil field, which is believed to contain 10bn barrels of crude. The field is in the Gulf of Mexico, and Mexico says it could be bigger than its largest oil field, Cantarell. Mr Fox made the announcement as figures showed the country’s total oil reserves had fallen 2% between 2003 and 2005. The oil is under 930 metres (0.6

Jordan’s Potential First Oil Field For the People

Green Prophet

This man is paddling trash out of a polluted water body in the Jordanian city Azraq, which is believed to have one million barrels of oil. To do that and create more energy independence for a country that imports 97% of its energy, geologists are pressing the government to step up exploration of what they hope is a substantial oil field just east of Amman. Oil for the five year gap. Oil for the people. Business & Politics Energy oil resource curse

GlassPoint Solar Wins Huge Middle East Oil Field Contract

Green Prophet

Last November, Rod MacGregor, the CEO of innovative GlassPoint Solar approached oil drillers in the Middle East to offer Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) using solar, and returned with no orders. MacGregor offered GlassPoint Solar’s solar technology to help extract the last few drops of oil from oil fields, replacing natural gas. And then oil drillers. Middle Eastern Oil Companies to Try Solar CSP to Boost Oil Production.

Ecuador to begin Drilling Amazon Oil Field

Celsias

President Rafael Correa’s announcement to begin drilling for oil was immediately met by resistance by the Ecuadorian people, who took to the streets in numbers to meet Mr. Correa’s announcement in full voice. The UN established a compensation initiative in 2010, which was intended to attract donations to prevent the drilling of the Ishpingo-Tambococha-Tiputini (ITT) oil field.

Scientists Find Mega-Oil Field. 1,300 Light Years Away

Celsias

Scientists have found an oil field which contains 200 times more hydrocarbons than there is water on the whole of the Earth. Time to wave peak oil goodbye forever … but before you do I should probably inform you of the tiny hiccup in any plan to develop this oil field. It is around 1,300 light years away.

Solar Bright Spot

Blue Earth

With many of California oil fields in decline, they are requiring steam to extract the last parts of oil out of the rock. BrightSource makes steam by pointing a field of mirrors up at the top of a 300 ft tower. The steam is then injected into the reservoir to improve the viscosity of the oil so it can be coaxed from the rocks. Interestingly, solar thermal is turning out to be a very cost effective way to make that steam.

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Chevron Using Solar Power To Pump Oil

Solar Power Ninja

The steam can then be used to turn a turbine and produce electricity or pumped down a well to loosen heavy oils. The plant slated for the Coalinga Oil Field near Fresno will employ at least 3,000 mirrors to concentrate light on a more than 300-foot tower with water inside. Currently, oil companies like Chevron will usually burn natural gas to produce the steam necessary to get the oil going, and that method probably still be used at night and part of the day.

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Conoco Reports Christmas Oil Spill In Alaska

Eco Friendly Daily

On December 25, 2008, a corroded water-injection pipeline in the Kuparuk oil field of Conoco broke and let loose approximately 95,000 gallons of oil-laced water. Production on North America’s second largest oil field was not effected or slowed in any way due to the spill. Last year there was a similar spill in the Kuparuk oil field which involved the spilling of oil, gas and various other liquids.

OPEC Countries Seek “Developing Nation” Funds to Capture CO2

Green Prophet

Oil giants are looking into CCS to cut greenhouse gases. Sequestering CO2 in the ground is being looked at by three Middle Eastern countries, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE that lead the world in production of greenhouse gases from oil production. CCS makes sense for an oil company from a business point of view. It can boost the production of dying oil fields with CO2 injection, or prevent the waste of energy in an energy-hungry region, by flaring natural gas.

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Look Out Germany! Saudi Arabia to Overtake You as Solar World Leader

Green Prophet

Solar is an exciting time in MENA, we are where the oil industry used to be in the 1940’s and 50’s’ said Vahid Fouthi, Director of North Africa & Middle East at BP Solar. Although the oil industry is raking in huge profits now, the future of oil production in Saudi Arabia is extremely uncertain. See Successful Ormat Waste Heat Recovery Test Could Green Dying Oil Fields ) Saudi Arabia must be becoming confident of the results, that it is making such a strong statement.

California Company Builds Solar-Enhanced Oil Recovery Plant in Mid East

Celsias

The company is currently building the first solar-enhanced oil recovery (EOR) plant in Oman in the Middle East. The company’s solar steam technology will use solar power to generate steam to boost production of oil from aging oil fields. California-based solar thermal technology company, GlassPoint Solar , announced in December that it completed a new round of funding from a group of investors including Royal Dutch Shell.

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EPA Temporarily Disbars BP US Operations

Celsias

Environmental Protection Agency said today it was temporarily debarring BP, suspending the company from receiving new contracts with the federal government based on its "lack of business integrity" concerning the 2010 explosion on the Deepwater Horizon rig, which killed 11 workers, and related oil spill. This may prove to be a move that could ultimately cost the company billions in revenue and could end its drilling in federally controlled oil fields. The U.S.

Donors to Pay Ecuador to Keep Oil Underground

Green Living Ideas

Ecuador is pioneering the use of a fund to preserve Ecuador's rain forest above an approximately one billion barrel oil field in the Yasuni National Park, permanently foregoing extraction of fossil fuels from the park. Donors to Pay Ecuador to Keep Oil Underground from Green Living Ideas ]. Here's a novel and timely use of Trust Funds.

Israel’s Petroleum Council Adds Environment Reps

Green Prophet

Meged oil field, in Israel. Business & Politics Energy Israel natural gas natural resources oil Oil exploration oil industryLast week two environmental representatives were added to Israel’s Petroleum Council, according to the Jerusalem Post. The council has been restructured to include a total of 13 members, including seven members of the public.

Oil Industry Investigates Ormat Success Turning Waste Water into Energy

Green Prophet

Every barrel of oil co-produces 10 barrels of waste fluids hot enough to make energy. Towards the end of the life of an oil field or a natural gas field, the operating cost of managing the waste water is the main reason why fields are shut down, wells are plugged and abandoned. Oil and gas wells produce a lot of water.

Israel to Drill for Oil in Underwater Nature Reserve Illuminates Schizophrenic Government Policies

Green Prophet

An absurd situation where one ministry approves the marine reserve and and another gives a license for oil drilling. While Israel’s part of the Mediterranean Sea has proven to have a bounty of natural gas reserves – ones that could make it energy independent for 100 years (according to reports I’ve read), prospectors are now drilling deeper, because where’s there’s gas, there is often oil.

“The Bill of Wrongs” Released By Absolute Rights Reports

Green (Living) Review

“The Bill of Wrongs” Released By Absolute Rights Reports On The Survival Of The American Economy By Increased Drilling Of The Bakken Oil America’s fastest growing manufacturing sector, the oil and natural gas revolution, is covered in depth by “The Bill of Wrongs” ebook that was recently released by Absolute Rights. to discuss the potential of how to break America’s dependency on foreign oil, by supplementation with oil from the Bakken oil fields.

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How has Oil Performed During the COVID-19 Crisis?

Green Prophet

Khaled al Otaiby, an official of the Saudi oil company Aramco watches progress at a rig at the al-Howta oil field near Howta, Saudi Arabia, on Feb. Oil prices and oil products, including gasoline and diesel, have tumbled in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis, and demand is far from ready to rebound. Most of the world is ready to begin the process of reopening their economies, but until consumers get on the road or in the air, oil demand will remain subdued.

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An example of the dangers of an unregulated extractive monopoly

Environmental Economics

From the New York Times : For seven decades, Pemex, Mexico’s state-owned oil monopoly and a mainstay of the government’s revenue, regulated itself — which is a polite way of saying it could do pretty much as it pleased. The Mexican government relies on Pemex oil revenue from wells like these in Veracruz for as much as 40 percent of its budget. The company’s safety procedures went largely unscrutinized as it joined the oil majors drilling in deepwater areas of the Gulf of Mexico.

What are the Health Costs of Israeli Energy Security?

Green Prophet

Last Tuesday, the consortium behind the Leviathan gas production facility declared “an historic turning point in the history of the Israeli economy” when – a decade after its discovery – the enormous offshore natural gas field started production. The Mediterranean oil field was discovered 130 kilometers (81 miles) west of the port city Haifa in 2010.

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Say Goodbye To Cheap Oil (if you didn’t already know…)

Eco Friendly Daily

While many people are celebrating the fact that oil has decreased in price, and with it the price of gas, it turns out this may only be the calm before the storm. According to the World Energy Outlook report that was put out by the International Energy Agency, oil is going to be going back up, and just like the Friendly Giant, you are going to have to look up, and up, and up. Looks like the sun is setting on our oil-fueled empire.

Should you consider investing in oil in 2019?

Green Prophet

Khaled al Otaiby, an official of the Saudi oil company Aramco watches progress at a rig at the al-Howta oil field near Howta, Saudi Arabia, on Feb. Whether you love the idea or not, ever since the first oil refinery opened in Baku in 1837, oil, or ‘black gold’ as it is known, has been one of the world’s most valuable and versatile commodities. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, CEO of Abhu Dabi National Oil Co. There are several routes to investing in oil.

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Terra Nex to Help Oman Build its own Solar Supply Chain

Green Prophet

Its second was a truly groundbreaking new type of solar from a California inventor – protected in a glass house - that could forever change the way that oil is mined from the desert sands – and the way that the delicate moving parts of tracking solar is protected from dust storms in deserts. GlassPoint Solar Wins Huge Middle East Oil Field Contract ). Related stories: GlassPoint Solar Wins Huge Middle East Oil Field Contract.

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BP Commences Oil Extraction in Egypt’s Gulf of Suez

Green Prophet

Oil from a previously unexploited field in Egypt’s Gulf of Suez is now flowing, BP announced on Tuesday. BP has commenced oil extraction from a dormant field in the Gulf of Suez, Bikya Masr reports. Plans to exploit oil from the NS377 field had been delayed, but it is now being piped by BP’s field partner Beach Energy to the Ras Ghara onshore processing facility owned by Petrobel.

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Oil Trainspotting, Part 2

Sightline Daily

Two weeks ago, we called on northwesterners to start tracking oil train movements as they pass through local communities. It looks like people are responding to the call: our first oil trainspotting video comes from Everett , and it’s up on Facebook. It shows an empty oil train heading south and then east toward Stevens Pass, presumably returning to the Bakken oil fields. Oil train in Southwest Washington, April 2013.

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Linda Hufford: A Rehabber Comments on “Collecting” Rare Birds

10,000 Birds

A number of years ago I was granted the privilege of flying into the Kuparuk Oil Field, above the Arctic Circle in the remote regions of the North Slope Borough in Alaska. This week’s guest blog was written by Linda Hufford, who has been a wildlife rehabilitator specializing in raptors for over twenty years. She runs Birds of Texas Rehabilitation Center in Austin County, Texas.

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Renewable Energy Vital For Jordan & Lebanon’s Future

Green Prophet

Whilst the Middle East may be known worldwide for its oil, many nations are now starting to look to renewables for a sustainable source of energy. In Lebanon, a comprehensive report by Blominvest has exposed the challenges facing the electricity sector and noted that the reliance on oil instead of natural gas and renewable energy sources is hindering the development of the sector. Jordan’s Potential First Oil Field For The People.

Super-green Masdar Headquarters Design Awarded to Brookfield Multiplex

Green Prophet

The Australian firm was awarded the contract to design and construct the seven story building in the Gulf nation, which will feature a whopping 344,445 square feet of interior space and a massive rooftop photovoltaic system that will make oil fields weep. The award to design Masdar’s new super-green headquarters in Abu Dhabi has been given to Brookfield Multiplex, the group announced recently.

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Whatever Happened to Peak Oil?

Nature Conservancy - Science

About 10 years ago, discussions of peak oil were everywhere. Peak oil was a cover story in Newsweek and National Geographic. When would the production of oil from the Earth’s crust begin to drop and fail to keep up with rising demand, particularly from the developing world? What would be the impact of peak oil on the price of gasoline for each of us? Several petroleum geologists estimated that sometime between 2004 to 2008, we’d reach peak oil.

Weekend Reading 6/26/15

Sightline Daily

I recommend this PBS Newshour special on “ Why North Dakota Oil Fields are so Deadly for Workers.” Kristin. Two of may favorite things recently came together: Tim Urban of WaitButWhy and Elon Musk, of, you know, the future of humanity. Tim has now written about Musk , and Tesla (warning, this article is seriously a small book), solar energy , and hyperloop. HYPERLOOP!

GlassPoint Uses Solar Mirrors to Loosen Dirty Oil in Oman

Green Prophet

But instead this to drive a turbine and generate clean energy, the steam is injected underground with a high pressure system to loosen up and thin oil so that it can be extracted more efficiently. In addition to reducing costs, being able to use polluted water from the oil field slashes the plant’s water footprint – an oft criticized downside to CSP systems. Cleantech, Science & Technology clean tech CSP GlassPoint Solar oil Solar Energy

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Flex Fuel, why is America refusing and stalling growing it’s oil in the backyeard?

Eco Friendly Daily

Such a plan would be a an amazing boom to the US economy, creating a huge market for farmers to grow crops such as corn and sugar (used to make ethanol) as well as decreasing America’s reliance on foreign oil, he put forth. With there being huge surplus of corn on the market this would be a huge boost to the American economy, producing oil right in our backyard.

America’s Top Dirtiest Cities

Eco Friendly Daily

Bakerfield has a population of 800,000, and because it’s surrounded by the San Joaquin Valley oil fields, the atmosphere has year-round pollution. You can’t get away from pollution no matter where you live. It infiltrates the air, soil and water in some form or another, and regardless of how careful you are in choosing where you live, you’re bound to face some level of exposure.

Why Did the Saudis Just Go Big in Solar? Oil Prices.

Green Prophet

Saudi Arabia will save an estimated 690,000 barrels of oil a day by investing in renewables. Oil prices are high. With rapidly growing electricity demand, Saudi Arabia is the largest oil consumer in the Middle East. The kingdom uses crude oil to keep the lights on, the A/C humming. Arab News reported that the $109 billion investment in renewable energy projects in Saudi Arabia will save some 690,000 barrels of oil every day if completed.

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Saudi Options Narrow With Peak Water

Green Prophet

But it’s not that cliche of oil-rich extravagance you might imagine (“ Dubai Gets Frozen Air From Europe! “) It is just that almost everything takes more water in the desert, from growing food to harvesting oil wealth – in order to desalinate enough water – for a rapidly growing population. It now faces “peak water&# , a far more serious threat to its economy than peak oil.

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Dream green awards for oil companies

Green Prophet

Saudi Aramco, the world’s largest oil and gas producer and most valuable company estimated at $10 trillion USD, pockets three of the six environmental awards during the 2014 Offshore Arabia Conference & Exhibition , in Dubai. The theme of the conference, Regional oil spill prevention and preparedness, focused on the latest technological and methodological developments in the field of marine environmental protection from oil spills.

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Weekend Reading 6/26/15

Sightline Daily

I recommend this PBS Newshour special on “ Why North Dakota Oil Fields are so Deadly for Workers.” Kristin. Two of may favorite things recently came together: Tim Urban of WaitButWhy and Elon Musk, of, you know, the future of humanity. Tim has now written about Musk , and Tesla (warning, this article is seriously a small book), solar energy , and hyperloop. HYPERLOOP!

Desertec Plans Get Boosts from MENA and EU Renewable Policies

Green Prophet

We don’t have the situation like you have in the US, where you have this Koch brothers ,” Untersteller told the Center for American Progress, referring to the disinformation campaign by the heirs to the $50 billion Koch Industries oil fortune that has impeded US climate policy.

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Flex Fuel, why is America refusing and stalling growing it’s oil in the backyeard?

Eco Friendly Daily

Such a plan would be a an amazing boom to the US economy, creating a huge market for farmers to grow crops such as corn and sugar (used to make ethanol) as well as decreasing America’s reliance on foreign oil, he put forth. With there being huge surplus of corn on the market this would be a huge boost to the American economy, producing oil right in our backyard.

Airlight Energy Brings CSP to Morocco from Switzerland

Green Prophet

CSP for industrial use is becoming more common in the MENA region as the oil age draws to a close. The Saudis are pioneering CSP in oil fields to extract oil , for example. A cement plant in Morocco will switch on sunshine from Switzerland this year.

Abu Dhabi’s $32 billion TAQA Adds Clean Energy Division

Green Prophet

Its current two dirty power divisions operate power plants in Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Ghana, India, Canada and the US, but TAQA raised eyebrows last year when it unloaded some Canadian oil fields last year. Abu Dhabi’s 75% government-owned National Energy Company TAQA has just created its first-ever division to specialize in investing in renewable energy.