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Hypothetical oil spill from a Shell well ‘under the ice’

COMMENT FROM A FORMER EMPLOYEE OF SHELL OIL USA

I read the Huffington Post article about a hypothetical oil spill from a Shell well ‘under the ice’.

I have a couple of facts for you about the oil at Prudhoe Bay the author neglected to look up that make that story implausible. Any well drilled by Shell will have pretty much the same reservoir temperature, and the oil should have similar properties.

At Prudhoe Bay the reservoir temperature is about 225 degrees F, or about 110 degrees C. That is above the boiling point of water. The point here is that oil from any blowout under sea ice will be HOT and will melt through the sea ice to form a large pool of oil. The other point I would like to make is that the ‘pour point’ of Prudhoe Bay oil is around 0 degrees C, that is 32 degrees F. Pour point is the temperature at which the oil solidifies. Prudhoe Bay crude has a gravity somewhere around 21 API, and has about 10% asphaltines. As the name implies, that is the stuff tar and asphalt are made of. read more

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Your chance to quiz Shell boss Peter Voser

ft.com/energysource

Next week, the person in the hotseat will be Peter Voser, the boss of one of the world’s biggest oil companies, Shell. This is your chance to ask him anything you want, from the controversy surrounding oil sands, to why Shell thinks gas is so important, to the prospects for drilling in the Gulf following the BP spill.

Email all your questions to [email protected] by the end of Monday, December 13th.

FULL FT ARTICLE

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Royal Dutch Shell in another price fixing cartel?

German Cartel Office Sees Oligopoly In German Gasoline Market

FRANKFURT -(Dow Jones)- December 6, 2010: Germany’s Federal Cartel Office said Monday it sticks to its assessment that the country’s gasoline market is dominated by a few companies, and said mergers and takeovers in the gas stations sector will only be allowed under strict conditions.

“The Federal Cartel Office still thinks that the vertically integrated oil companies Royal Dutch Shell PLC (RSDA), BP PLC (BP), ExxonMobil Corp. (XOM), ConocoPhillips (COP) and Total SA (TOT) for a [market] dominant oligopoly on regional filling station markets,” the antitrust authority said in an emailed statement. read more

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After The Arctic Spill — Shell, Palin and Obama

The Huffington Post

Subhankar Banerjee: Photographer, writer, activist, founder ClimateStoryTellers.org

I’ll tell you a fictional story ‘After The Arctic Spill,’ but first some announcements from the real world. Last week was filled with news about offshore oil drilling in the U.S. and it came in all flavors — “the good, the bad, the ugly.”

First, ‘the good’ — Last Wednesday the Obama administration announced that for at least the next seven years it will not allow any offshore drilling off the East Coast of the Atlantic or in the Gulf of Mexico near Florida. This is ‘good’ news. read more

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