Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: Alaska, Beaufort Sea, Coast Guard, energy, Kulluk, oil production, peak oil, Royal Dutch Shell, Shell
‘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.
Don’t freak out, but this is what Peak Oil For All Intents And Purposes looks like.
Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: Ahoy, Avast!, backstroke, CH4, F'NG, FLiNG, FLNG, George H. W. Bush, green, green gas, liquified natural gas, LNG, Michael Phelps, Natural gas, natural gas production, offshore Australia, OMG, Royal Dutch Shell, Shell, swimming, talk like a pirate, WHOA, zero hedge
Floating Liquified Natural Gas Facility (FLNG).
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.”
Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: Chukchi Sea, drill ship runs aground, Lauren Foss, Noble Discoverer, Shell, 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.
Filed under: maps, Uncategorized | Tags: Alaska, Arctic, Beaufort Sea, Chukchi Sea, drilling rig, Kulluk, oil drilling, oil produciton, Royal Dutch Sea, Shell
Filed under: maps | Tags: Alaska, BOP, Chukchi Sea, corexit, Deepwater Horizon, energy, North Slope, oil drilling, peak oil, Shell
Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: blowout, blowout preventer, BOP, Chukchi Sea, corexit, Deepwater Horizon, dispersant, OSRP, Shell
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:
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.
Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: arctic oil spill, blowout, Chukchi, Chukchi Sea, corexit, Deepwater Horizon, Department of Interior, oil spill, Royal Dutch Shell, Salazar, Shell
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:
I guess we’ll just have to trust the department’s “fact sheet.” The “fact sheet” says everything is just great.
Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: American Petroleum Institute, kerogen, oil shale, Royal Dutch Shell, Shell
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.
Note — “oil shale” is not “shale oil.” “Oil shale” is not oil and usually not shale either.
Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: freedom, fuel subsidies, justice, Lagos, Nigeria, peak oil, protests, Shell, truth
Gas prices more than doubled overnight. There were other frustrations behind the protests, for instance lack of freedom, truth and justice.