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Leviathan Gas Field, Levantine Basin, Mediterranean Sea - Offshore Technology

Leviathan Gas Field, Levantine Basin, Mediterranean Sea - Offshore Technology | Gentlemachines | Scoop.it
Leviathan Natural Gas Field, located in the eastern Mediterranean Sea area, off the coast of Israel, was discovered in December 2010. The discovery is situated in 1,645m of water in the Levantine Basin, located approximately 130km west of Haifa,...
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"At the time of discovery, the Leviathan gas field was the most prominent field ever found in the sub-explored area of the Levantine Basin, which covers about 83,000 square kilometres of the eastern Mediterranean region.

The Leviathan field falls within the precinct of the Rachel and Amit licenses. Production is expected to commence in 2017.

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Lebanon considered the Leviathan and Tamar gas fields to extend into Lebanese territory and claimed Israel was ignoring this fact. Israel retaliated by threatening to use force to protect its gas discoveries.

The rights dispute was resolved in August 2010 when the Lebanese Government presented its official view to the United Nations, where it stated that the two disputed gas fields, Tamar and Leviathan, do not fall within its territory.

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Have the Obits for Peak Oil Come Too Soon?

Have the Obits for Peak Oil Come Too Soon? | Gentlemachines | Scoop.it
Among the big energy stories of 2013, “peak oil” -- the once-popular notion that worldwide oil production would soon reach a maximum level and begin an irreversible decline -- was thoroughly discredited.

Via Willy De Backer
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The usual technotriumphalism (technology, more technology, better technology will solve any given problem, given enough time) allays fears about the end of oil. Worryingly, it distracts from the main issue: thinking about a radically different society, less dependent on fossil fuels.

 

"In place of peak oil, then, we have a new theory that as yet has no name but might be called techno-dynamism.  There is, this theory holds, no physical limit to the global supply of oil so long as the energy industry is prepared to, and allowed to, apply its technological wizardry to the task of finding and producing more of it.  Daniel Yergin, author of the industry classics, The Prize and The Quest, is a key proponent of this theory.  He recently summed up the situation this way: “Advances in technology take resources that were not physically accessible and turn them into recoverable reserves.”  As a result, he added, “estimates of the total global stock of oil keep growing.”

From this perspective, the world supply of petroleum is essentially boundless.  In addition to “conventional” oil -- the sort that comes gushing out of the ground -- the IEA identifies six other potential streams of petroleum liquids: natural gas liquids; tar sands and extra-heavy oil; kerogen oil (petroleum solids derived from shale that must be melted to become usable); shale oil; coal-to-liquids (CTL); and gas-to-liquids (GTL).  Together, these “unconventional” streams could theoretically add several trillion barrels of potentially recoverable petroleum to the global supply, conceivably extending the Oil Age hundreds of years into the future (and in the process, via climate change, turning the planet into an uninhabitable desert).

But just as peak oil had serious limitations, so, too, does techno-dynamism.  At its core is a belief that rising world oil demand will continue to drive the increasingly costly investments in new technologies required to exploit the remaining hard-to-get petroleum resources.  As suggested in the 2013 edition of the IEA’s World Energy Outlook, however, this belief should be treated with considerable skepticism."

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Willy De Backer's curator insight, January 10, 3:15 PM

Michael Klare explains why the media reports about the death of peak oil have been 'greatly exxagerated'.

 

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The Real Story Behind the Fracking Debate

The Real Story Behind the Fracking Debate | Gentlemachines | Scoop.it

"Fracking is not good or bad: it is a process to increase the production of fossil fuels, primarily natural gas, from certain geological formations. But good or bad things can happen as a result of fracking, depending on how it is implemented, where it is pursued, the technologies used, and the actions taken to increase its benefits and reduce its impacts. And whether or not you support or oppose fracking depends on how those benefits and impacts are perceived, distributed, addressed, and valued -- and whether it is in your backyard.."

 

Good article in the Huffington Post on the US fracking debate.


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Reinventing Energy Futures: Four Visions | Institute For The Future

Reinventing Energy Futures: Four Visions | Institute For The Future | Gentlemachines | Scoop.it

"Over the next 10-15 years, our relationship to energy will enter a new phase, framed by the stark reality of carbon emission-driven climate change, and a rising energy demand around the globe. Whether we like it, or are ready for it, an emerging "energopolitics" will reshape everything from what we consume, how we live, why we work, and ultimately, the condition of our planet."

 

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Sluggish Economy Prompts Europe to Reconsider Its Intentions on Climate Change

Sluggish Economy Prompts Europe to Reconsider Its Intentions on Climate Change | Gentlemachines | Scoop.it
European Union officials are having second thoughts about how aggressively to remake the Continent’s energy-producing sector.

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Willy De Backer's curator insight, January 18, 7:56 AM

Giving in to heavy lobbying from conservative European industries, the European Union is on the verge of making a radical U-turn on its already weak and inefficient climate and energy targets. It will leave future generations of Europeans with a dramatic legacy of suffering and debt. Time to start thinking of making them responsible for their actions before the International Court of Human Rights for crimes against humanity.

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Biofuel fails EU sustainability test, German researchers claim

Biofuel fails EU sustainability test, German researchers claim | Gentlemachines | Scoop.it
Study says EU-grown rapeseed biodiesel falls under 35% marker, adding weight to calls to end food biofuels...
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This New Wind Turbine Produces Clean Drinking Water Out Of Thin Air

This New Wind Turbine Produces Clean Drinking Water Out Of Thin Air | Gentlemachines | Scoop.it

The turbines are designed to maximize water production and energy independence while reducing maintenance and environmental impact

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