Daily Archives: October 29, 2011

Alaska’s Competition: “New Technologies Redraw the World’s Energy Picture”

Ever wonder who Alaska competes against for investment dollars. The following article — New Technologies Redraw the World’s Energy Picture — provides a great overview of the new technologies that are redrawing the world’s oil and gas industry and attracting investment away from places like Alaska.

New York Times, Oct. 25. 2011

GOLDA MEIR, the former prime minister of Israel, used to tell a joke about how Moses must have made a wrong turn in the desert: “He dragged us 40 years through the desert to bring us to the one place in the Middle East where there was no oil.’ ”

As it turns out, Moses may have had it right all along. In the last couple of years, vast amounts of natural gas have been found deep under Israel’s Mediterranean waters, and studies have begun to test the feasibility of extracting synthetic oil from a large kerogen-rich rock field southwest of Jerusalem.

Israel’s swing of fate is just one of many big energy surprises developing as a new generation of unconventional fossil fuels take hold. From the high Arctic waters north of Norway to a shale field in Argentine Patagonia, from the oil sands of western Canada to deepwater oil prospects off the shores of Angola, giant new oil and gas fields are being mined, steamed and drilled with new technologies. Some of the reserves have been known to exist for decades but were inaccessible either economically or technologically.

Read the full article here  …