Industrialized Cyclist Notepad


Oil Companies Spending More, Producing Less

via James Hamilton via WSJ: http://econbrowser.com/archives/2014/01/big-oil-companies-spending-more-and-producing-less

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Coast Guard needs Coast Guard after trying to aid Shell rig off Alaska

‘Season full of headaches:’

Adding to a season full of headaches for Shell Alaska’s debut offshore-drilling program in the U.S. Arctic, the company’s Kulluk drill rig was stuck Friday in monster seas off the coast of Alaska as its tugboat’s engines failed and the Coast Guard cutter that came to assist became entangled in a towline.

There were no immediate threats to crew or equipment, but Shell Alaska was rushing additional aid vessels to the scene as the Kulluk, which drilled the beginnings of an exploratory oil well in the Beaufort Sea over the summer, sat without ability to move forward in 20-foot seas about 50 miles south of Kodiak.

via Coast Guard cutter hits trouble trying to aid Shell rig off Alaska | Local News | The Seattle Times.

Don’t freak out, but this is what Peak Oil For All Intents And Purposes looks like.



Avast! Natural Gas Super Terrordome (ANGST)

Floating Liquified Natural Gas Facility (FLNG).

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Shouldn’t that be FLNGF? Don’t pretend there’s no F-word on the end. Wouldn’t all of our acronyms be so much better if we could just make up the rules as we go along.

Developed after 10 years of research, using 600 engineers, and 1.6 million man-hours (182.5 years equivalent), Shell has manged to compact the size of a traditional LNG plant to a quarter of its land size. As Wired explains: “by stacking components vertically and using deep-sea water to cool the gas to its liquid state, the FLNG saves dramatically on deck space and enables the whole facility to occupy an area of roughly 4 football pitches: 28,500 square meters. One of its most innovative features involves the the plant’s unique location: an assembly of eight one-meter diameter pipes will extend 150m below the ocean’s surface, delivering around 50 million liters of cold seawater an hour, used to cool the gas.”

via http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2012-12-02/fling-aint-what-it-used-be



Shell Drill Ship Runs Aground in Unalaska

Unalaska?

I don’t know if I’ve never been there, or if I’ve been there my whole life, or both.

The Noble Discoverer appears to have run aground in Unalaska on Saturday afternoon. 

Despite rain and 35-knot winds, more than a dozen residents came to Airport Beach to watch the Shell’s contract tugboat Lauren Foss straining to pull the rig back out to sea.

via Shell Drill Ship Runs Aground in Unalaska.



Shell’s arctic fleet plan

via Shell: http://www-static.shell.com/static/usa/downloads/alaska/alaska_vessels_brochure_2012.pdf


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Polar bear habitat and Chukchi Sea drilling
February 18, 2012, 14:00
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Via North Alaska Environmental Center.


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Spaces in the URL
February 18, 2012, 12:42
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So there are some spaces in the URL as provided by the US govt. for Shell’s OSRP for the Chukchi Sea:

http://www.bsee.gov/OSRP/Shell- Chukchi-OSRP .aspx

Take the spaces out and you can find the 450-page pdf of the OSRP:

http://www.bsee.gov/OSRP/Shell-Chukchi-OSRP.aspx

The OSRP sounds very familiar.

The plan, in the event of a blowout, involves trying to trigger a non-responsive blowout preventer with a remote sub. And it involves the infamous “booms” deployed by contractors. And response to any spill will involve spraying a whole lot of Corexit:

Another oil spill response option includes the use of dispersants. When these chemicals are applied, oil begins to separate in to microscopic particulates. After that, the oil is either diluted to the point that it no longer impacts the environment or digested by organisms that consume oil.



Shell’s Arctic Spill Response Plan Gone Missing

Department of Interior press release provides this link to Shell’s spill response plan which was approved on Feb. 17:

A copy of Shell’s OSRP for the Chukchi Sea is available at: http://www.bsee.gov/OSRP/Shell- Chukchi-OSRP .aspx.

But clicking on the DOI’s link to the OSRP (Oil Spill Response Plan) for the Chukchi Sea leads to this NO PAGE FOUND business:

http://www.bsee.gov/error-page.aspx?aspxerrorpath=/osrp/shell-/

I guess we’ll just have to trust the department’s “fact sheet.” The “fact sheet” says everything is just great.



They never stop pushing “oil shale”
February 2, 2012, 01:51
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Hey, with “the right policies,” we can make this resource available to Royal Dutch Shell. “Right policies” would include taxpayer subsidies and environmental de-regulation. Then they can sell 100k bpd or so. Never mind that it could very well take over 100k bpd equivalent to make 100k bpd of oil out of Colorado kerogen. And there is no water available to do anything, let alone process “oil shale.” But with the “right policies” … anything is possible.

http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/energy-a-environment/208099-oil-shale-a-vast-resource-that-cant-be-dismissed

Note — “oil shale” is not “shale oil.” “Oil shale” is not oil and usually not shale either.



Protests in Nigeria after gov’t ends fuel subsidy
January 3, 2012, 10:59
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Gas prices more than doubled overnight. There were other frustrations behind the protests, for instance lack of freedom, truth and justice.

Protest turns violent in Nigeria’s megacity after gov’t ends cherished fuel subsidy – The Washington Post.




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