Potential Shortage of Fracking Sands

A short time ago, following an article in the February 2015 Issue of Materials World Magazine on  “Inside Fracking Fluids” I wrote a letter pointing out that it overlooked one of the most important constituents ” fracking sand”. The article is available on the internet  My letter was based on what I had read in an American […]

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Suppressed Government peak oil dossier – anyone got a copy please?

Dear Clavertonians, Received this from Mobbsey the other week (see below)…wondered if any of you could locate a “leak” of this particular British Government document to share with the rest of us even though David MacKay couldn’t get his paws on one…we owe it to our nation to tell the truth…can’t remember how to conjugate […]

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Christophe de Margerie (no less!) agrees with Hugh Sharman's long-stated view that we are unlikely, ever, to see 90 million bopd liquids production

“Recently, OPEC cut back oil production in an attempt to stem the oil price decline. How much might their cutbacks delay the onset of world liquid fuels production decline? Assuming the plateau model and five years to the onset of decline, each million barrels per day of oil production withholding buys roughly three weeks delay, so a steady, continuing reduction of say four million barrels per day over five years might result in a delay in the onset of world oil production decline by maybe three months. Thats not very much.”

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CNG much more efficient than gas to diesel, from Well to Wheel.

On a Well to Wheel basis, importing gas as LNG then making it into CNG gives much lower Well to Wheel CO2 that taking the CH4 and making it into synthetic diesel. The diesel Passat gives 50% more CO2 for the same performance as the CNG Passat according to presentation from John Baldwin MD, CNG […]

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38% HHV Caterpillar Biogas Engine Fitted to Long Reach Sewage Works

A Caterpillar bio-gas engine was as fitted to Long Reach Sewage Works, operated by Thames Water Utilities. This is a V16 engine running at 1500 rpm, on biogas which is typically 60 % methane. Output about 1150 kWe electrical, 1.4 MW heat which heats the digesters. Electrical efficiency is about 38% LHV, thermal efficiency. Life cycle maintenance costs about 0.9 /kWh. Caterpillar makes about 50 units per day of this basic engine in either gas or diesel (1.8MW) format at its US factory in Lafayette Indiana equivalent to some 23 GWe of capacity per annum. Further info

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Electricity Prices In The United Kingdom – Fundamental Drivers and Probable Trends 2008 to 2020

Fundamental Drivers and Probable Trends 2008 to 2020

Hugh SharmanThe mindless and self-congratulatory drift and chatter in the UK’s energy area during the last fifteen years, in particular the last ten, has the UK sleep-walking into brown-outs and/or severe energy rationing in less time than it takes to plan, engineer, license, procure, build and commission more than 30 GW in new, “clean coal” or nuclear plant by 1st January 2016.

Some gas capacity is on its way but this will be commissioned just in time for a World gas-supply crunch, sparked by the serial failure of Indonesia to meet its Far East contractual commitments, continued decline of gas production in Russia and Canada, the cap on new LNG exports from Qatar and exports from Norway and the continued reluctance of Iran to develop any gas export business at all. Most seriously of all, for UK (and Europe), it is the deliberately contrived investment policy of Gazprom to remain very tight on upstream capacity far into the foreseeable future, while dominant in down-stream infrastructure.

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An Accident Waiting to Happen – what lies behind the oil spikes.

While the oil market survived the recent storm surge of money, the inevitability of future waves of speculative money sweeping into the market, mean that an oil market meltdown is an accident waiting to happen. To follow the US approach to regulation of oil futures markets would be to try and solve today’s problems with yesterday’s tools.

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