oil reserves

The Link Between Oil Reserves and Oil Prices

August 6, 2015 by Robert Rapier

Oil Prices and Reserves

Last December the EIA released its latest estimate of U.S. Crude Oil and Natural Gas Proved Reserves. Gas reserves rose, but the real story was crude oil reserves. U.S. proved reserves of crude oil and lease condensate had increased for the fifth year in a row, exceeding 36 billion barrels for the first time since 1975.[read more]

Can Humanity Coexist With Rising CO2 Levels?

February 17, 2015 by Jim Baird

Humanity and Carbon Mitigation

Rather than investing current profits in future reserves that very well might not be burnable, it is in the better interest of the shareholders of fossil fuel companies to invest in technology that best preserves the value of existing reserves and insures the continuation of those companies in the energy business.[read more]

U.S. Oil Reserves Continue Rising, Surpass 36 Billion Barrels for First Time Since 1975

December 7, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

U.S. Oil Reserve Growth

U.S. crude oil and lease condensate proved reserves rose for the fifth consecutive year in 2013, increasing by 9% from the 2012 level to 36.5 billion barrels, according to the U.S. Crude Oil and Natural Gas Proved Reserves, 2013 report released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration.[read more]

Friday Energy Facts: Gulf Coast Crude Oil Inventories Reach Record Level

April 18, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Gulf Coast Oil Inventories

Crude oil inventories on the U.S. Gulf Coast reached 207.2 million barrels on April 11, a record high. The levels are the result of the continuing strong crude oil production growth, the opening of TransCanada's Marketlink Pipeline, and a drop in crude oil inputs at USGC refineries as a result of seasonal maintenance.[read more]

Oil Reserves Overview: Not Running Out of Oil (Yet)

November 2, 2013 by John Davenport

Oil Reserves


With all the statistical information that has been published lately, we’ve decided to make a brief review of statistical data on world oil reserves and production. Are we already running out of oil? How much oil is being produced per year?[read more]

What did Hugo Chavez have in common with Margaret Thatcher?

April 10, 2013 by Grant McDermott


Chavez and Thatcher could not have been at more distant ends of the ideological spectrum. Yet the political and economic aims of both leaders were enabled by the discovery of vast energy reserves.[read more]

How Much Oil is Left in the World?

June 22, 2012 by Robert Rapier


Over the next two to three weeks, I am going to post a series of short articles utilizing graphics I created from the recently released 2012 BP Statistical Review of World Energy. Because I am working on the roll-out of a new product which will be geared specifically toward those with a financial interest in the world of energy (...[read more]

Is North America the New Middle East for Oil?

March 22, 2012 by Geoffrey Styles

With the President of the United States currently playing the role of pessimist-in-chief with regard to US energy independence, it's refreshing to see that goal raised as a serious possibility by someone whose experience and position give him deeper insights on the subject. A few years ago Ed Morse was running the oil trading operation...[read more]

India Said to Propose Sovereign Fund for Oil Assets

March 18, 2010 by Big Gav

Bloomberg reports that India is looking to set up a sovereign wealth fund to support acquisitions by state owned energy companies - India Said to Propose Sovereign Fund for Oil Assets. India, with $254 billion of foreign-exchange reserves, may create a sovereign wealth fund to help state companies compete for overseas energy assets with...[read more]

Iraq Oil & Gas Production:Geopolitical Compromises and Kurdish Autonomy

January 12, 2010 by Robert Rapier

The following guest essay is by Kevin Kane. Kevin is a market analyst, economist, Asia political affairs strategist, and Korean language linguist living in Seoul, South Korea. Kevin previously published American Freedom from Oil: A Bipartisan Pipedream. ------------------- Iraq Oil & Gas Production: Geopolitical Compromises and...[read more]

China's Oil Strategy

April 15, 2009 by Geoffrey Styles

I was intrigued by a couple of items I ran across in the morning papers concerning China's pursuit of new oil sources. The Chinese National Petroleum Corp. is apparently in talks with the Venezuelan state oil company, PdVSA, and Total for a heavy oil producing and upgrading concession in the Orinoco heavy oil zone, as well as discussing...[read more]

Three must-read items

June 13, 2008 by Lou Grinzo

Three items that I highly recommend to all the TCOE faithful: First is Mark Lynas’ article, Climate chaos is inevitable. We can only avert oblivion (emphasis added): Sometimes we need to think the unthinkable, particularly when dealing with a problem as dangerous as climate change - there is no room for dogma when considering the...[read more]

IEA roundup

May 23, 2008 by Lou Grinzo

One might assume that the Intertubes are hummin’ over the news that the IEA is doing their own bottom-up analysis of the world’s oil fields, with the likely result being a dramatically lowered projection of future oil supply. And one would be right. Here’s a sampling of what’s being said, with some brief commentary from your host: Who...[read more]

I Will Never Stop Writing About Oil

May 22, 2008 by RyanAvent

Maybe it’s all the peak oil posts I read, but I’d always seen International Energy Agency assessments of oil capacity and thought that they erred bullish. Kind of an NAR for the energy set. Whether they’re too optimistic or merely accurate, this sounds bad: The IEA’s pessimism over future supplies has been building for some time. Last...[read more]

Brazil Makes Gargantuan Discovery

November 9, 2007 by KonradImielinski

Brazil has discovered an oil field that holds between 5 billion and 8 billion barrels - equivalent to 40% of all the oil ever discovered in Brazil. However, full-scale extraction is unlikely to start before 2013 due to the "Tupi" field being "ultra-deep." 7,060 feet of water, almost 10,000 feet of sand and rocks, and then another 6,600-...[read more]