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.

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.

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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Did GlassPoint Get the Glass House Idea in the Middle East?

Green Prophet

GlassPoint is pioneering the solution – put the solar in a Glass House – only after an attempted sale in Middle Eastern oil fields. The GlassPoint Glass house solar project will make its debut in a depleted oil field in California. Where the sun shines brightly ten hours a day, Middle Eastern oil giants need electricity in the field. And then oil drillers. MacGregor says that you can’t stop “steaming&# an oil field. “If

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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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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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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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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.

Iraqi Kurdistan Starts Independent Crude Oil Sales, Defying Baghdad

Green Prophet

Turkey has been importing condensate from the Khor Mor gas field in Iraqi Kurdistan since October, with daily shipments now reaching 15,000 barrels. Until recently, bowing to the Iraqi central government’s claim that it controls all oil within the country, the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) only exported oil through a pipeline controlled by Baghdad. At that time, it was reported that the KRG hoped to begin directly shipping crude oil to Turkey by August 2013.

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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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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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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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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.

Why Syrian Refugees Burn Crude Oil and Risk Health to Stay Warm

Green Prophet

Residents of Syrian towns that have run out of heating oil say they are getting sick after resorting to burning crude oil to keep warm. Residents of rebel-held areas of Deir-ez-Zor, Idlib, Aleppo, Hama, Homs and Rural Damascus governorates say heating oil, known as mazout, as well as diesel and gasoline have all but disappeared from the market. There are also a lot of bad burns because the oil is easily flammable, and so accidents are frequent.”.

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The Oil Spill That Could Happen Here, Part 2

Sightline Daily

Since Washington state lawmakers convened in Olympia this January and took up legislation on oil transport , the nation has seen at least one major pipeline spill when an Exxon pipe leaked 40,000 gallons of crude into the Yellowstone River. It was the second time in just a few years that the pipeline had ruptured: it spilled 63,000 gallons into the river in 2011 , for which regulators fined the oil giant $1 million. Mayflower Oil Spill, March 29, 2013 by U.S.

Peak oil?

Environmental Economics

For the first time in decades, the emerging prize of global energy may be the Americas, where Western oil companies are refocusing their gaze in a rush to explore clusters of coveted oil fields. the new oil exploits in the Americas suggest that technology may be trumping geology, especially in the region’s two largest economies, the United States and Brazil. I haven't heard those two words in a long time.

UK must be weaned off oil say MPs

Green (Living) Review

Urgent steps are needed to wean Britain off oil and onto other energy sources by Michael Smith (Veshengro) As Middle East conflicts cause oil prices to rise dramatically, government spells out plans for radical energy shift and Ministers will be ordered to adopt urgent measures to wean the country off oil, amid rising concern that the Libya crisis has left the economy exposed to a dramatic rise in fuel prices.

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The greatest Astroturf of all time – Ethical oil

Green Blog

But the promoters of the Canadian Tar Sands project have seriously pushed the boat out by attempting to label Tar sands oil as “ ethical oil ”. They have chosen to label the Tar sands as “ethical oil” on the basis that it is not “conflict oil” as well Canadians, aren’t they all friendly and green and everything? Should anyone reading this be unfamiliar with the whole tar sands controversy, tar sands are basically a mixture of moisture, soil, sand, clay and heavy oil.

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.

How Coal and Oil Trains Will Block Traffic in Idaho

Sightline Daily

If coal and oil companies are permitted to ship the staggering volumes of fuel they have planned for the region, they will—by sheer physical necessity—disrupt vehicle and rail traffic all along the rail route. In this first installment in the series, we examine crossings in the portion of Idaho designated by the red box below: Coal trains from the Powder River Basin and oil trains from the Bakken oil fields take the same route through Idaho and Washington on BNSF rail lines.

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What Caused the Lac-Mégantic Oil Train To Explode?

Sightline Daily

Last week saw a profusion of head-scratching news stories about July’s catastrophic oil train explosion in Quebec after the Transportation Safety Board of Canada announced that the tanker cars had been mislabeled. What none of the media accounts properly explained was why the crude oil—which does not normally explode—was so dangerous to begin with. We also know that hydrogen sulphide is present in large quantities in some stocks of Bakken oil.

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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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.

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.

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.

Hell on rails: West Virginia burning after crude oil train derailment

Green Blog

The fires from Monday''s derailment of a train carrying crude oil in Fayette County, West Virginia, continued to burn Tuesday morning, and emergency shelters for hundreds of people who had to evacuate after the derailment remain open. "A A CSX train, hauling 107 tank car loads of Bakken Shale crude oil from North Dakota to a transportation terminal in Yorktown, Virginia, derailed in Adena Village near Mount Carbon and Deepwater West Virginia about 1:30 p.m.

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.

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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Turkey Starts Buying Kurdish Gas Over Baghdad’s Objections

Green Prophet

Crude oil sales will also begin soon. Five tankers crossed the border from the KRG into Turkey in July, marking the first exchange of oil or gas between the two governments. For Turkey, the KRG represents a new source of oil and gas imports, to which Turkey has long been addicted. For now, Turkey is only receiving condensate liquid fuel by-products from the Khor Mor gas field in the KRG. Future oil industry expansions.

Drinking water in Nigeria polluted with benzene at levels 900 times above the limit

Green Blog

Along with many others, this community is located in the Ogoni oil region of the Niger Delta in Nigeria, which has been plagued by environmental damage in recent years, according to UN studies. Oil exploration and production has been conducted in the Niger Delta since the 1950s but many of the operations have been suspended since the early 1990s because of local unrest, and “the oil fields and installations of the region known as Ogoniland have been dormant,” the United Nations reports. “In

Marcellus Shale is not a new pop band

Environmental Economics

» February 28, 2011 Marcellus Shale is not a new pop band Technological advances plus increased reserve estimates plus limited environmental regulation plus job friendly state government means increased drilling for natural gas in the Ohio region of the Marcellus Shale naural gas and oil deposits: For many residents of this northeast Ohio hamlet, the oil bonanza began with a knock at the door.

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Peak energy, climate change, and the collapse of global civilization - The current peak oil crisis

The Green Changemakers

You can only use oil once. Soon all the oil is going to be burned and all the metals mined and scattered.” – M. Although there will be oil remaining in the ground when world oil production peaks, the remaining oil will become increasingly difficult and more costly to produce until the marginal financial and energy cost of producing oil exceeds the marginal profit and energy gained. Peak oil is happening now.

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Why the Middle East Should Definitely Support America’s Keystone XL Pipeline Protests

Green Prophet

The right wing has long maintained that America should reduce its oil dependency on the Middle East. Considered the root of the last war in Iraq and a compelling reason for Gaddafi to hold on so tightly to power over Libya’s oil fields , Republicans have pushed through a series of catastrophic measures to promote energy self-sufficiency in the United States. None of this can happen without oil and most of us are completely hooked. Oil addiction.

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MENA Is Changing Drastically & NASA Has The Pictures To Prove It

Green Prophet

Oil fires of War in Kuwait. Sabriyah Oil Field, Kuwait. Iraqi forces set hundreds of oil wells ablaze during the US-led Gulf War following Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait in 1991. Some six million barrels of oil per day went up in smoke. Saudi Arabia drills through the desert floor and irrigates the fields with a circular sprinkler system known as center-pivot irrigation. In these images, the agricultural fields are about one kilometer (0.62

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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.