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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

U.S. Gulf Coast Region Oil and Gas Assessment Thermal Maturity Data

USGS Publication: Open-File Report 2010–1072
The purpose of this report is to make available to the public RockEval and vitrinite reflectance data from more than 1,900 samples of Mesozoic and Tertiary rock core and coal samples in the Gulf of Mexico area in a format that facilitates inclusion into a geographic information system.


Monday, November 01, 2010

Natural Bitumen and Extra-heavy oil

As published in the 2010 Survey of Energy Resources: World Energy Council

Outside Publication: 2010 Survey of Energy Resources: World Energy Council
Natural bitumen and extra-heavy oil are characterised by high viscosity, high density (low API gravity), and high concentrations of nitrogen, oxygen, sulphur, and heavy metals. These characteristics result in higher costs for extraction, transportation, and refining than are incurred with conventional oil. Despite their cost and technical challenges, major international oil companies have found it desirable to acquire, develop, and produce these resources in increasing volumes. Large in-place resource volumes provide a reliable long-term flow of liquid hydrocarbons and provide substantial payoff for any incremental improvements in recovery. High oil prices during 2007 and 2008 spurred new development and production which, in turn, have intensified concern about environmental effects of production increases.  NOTE: This report is presented in Portable Document Format (PDF). Download the latest version of Adobe Reader, free of charge. 


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