segunda-feira, 13 de novembro de 2006

The biggest oil discovery in the last 30 years

Para quem como eu tem lido muita informação acerca do famoso “Peak Oil” fica um pouco confuso quando recebe uma notícia destas via e-mail:

"Saudi-Sized Oil Fields Found in Utah
“It’s the largest onshore
discovery in at least 30 years.”
~U.S. Department of Energy geologists
In the most important U.S. oil development in several
decades, 2 little-known companies are quietly preparing
to tap the largest on-shore oil field discovery since 1967.
The last time there was a discovery of this magnitude,
early investors made 150-times their money.

Dear Reader,
In Sevier County, Utah – a 3-hour drive from Salt Lake City – a small group of geologists have made the discovery of a lifetime...
It’s the largest onshore oil province discovered in the U.S. since Alaska struck it rich in 1967.
For investors, this offers a rare and very limited-time opportunity: a second chance to capitalize on soaring demand for oil around the world.
Just how much oil are we talking about in Utah?
“It's enormous – it's a major discovery,” says Steve Sonnenberg from the American Association of Petroleum Geologists.
“The size of the structures here are massive. They’re elephants,” says Kimball Hodges, a U.S. oil executive.
Recently, the U.S. Department of Energy made this official assessment:
“[This] discovery represents one of the most promising new onshore plays in the United States in recent years... The area has the potential to be a billion barrel province with perhaps another 10 fields to be discovered.”
This isn’t some hard-to-extract, oil shale field either.

This is pure light, sweet crude – the cheapest and easiest-to-refine oil in the world.
It’s the type of oil that put Texas on the map... and turned hundreds of wildcatters and thousands of American investors into millionaires.
What’s incredible is that this oil is so pure and plentiful, that even if oil prices dropped to levels not seen since 1980s prices, you could still turn a tidy profit on this Utah discovery.
Already, a small group of private investors are profiting from the first stake – a 480 acre-chunk of land that holds between 100-200 million barrels of light crude oil.
They’re already selling this oil to nearby Salt Lake refineries... and pocketing more than a million dollars a month.
But that’s just the beginning...
Drilling is set to begin on another section of this province. Preliminary reports suggest it could be 7-times as large... and could hold 1-3 billion barrels of oil.
The good news is you don’t have to be a private investor or fly to Utah to stake your claim.
Two of the companies set to drill this new oil province are publicly traded... and one of them “could be a 40-bagger,” according to Jack Galbraith, a money manager familiar with the situation.
The best part is, hardly anyone in the mainstream investment world knows about this discovery yet... except for local Utah papers like The Salt Lake Tribune.
In my 15 years in the field as a geologist, I’ve never come across a situation so amazing – both from a geological and an investment perspective.
I’ve written this letter to tell you everything I’ve learned about this discovery... including why it’s still a secret in the investment world, who’s drilling it... and how to take advantage of it — before the rest of the world finds out.
I can’t stress this enough: This story will NOT remain a secret for long. The people likely to make the most money are those who get in on this opportunity soon.
Here’s the full story...
Century-Old Oil Mystery –
Finally Solved
While exploring a 75-mile stretch of windswept land in Central Utah, a 25-man team called Wolverine Oil & Gas unearthed an enormous, multi-billion barrel oilfield.
According to Foreign Affairs, only about 1/5 of the oil left in the world is light crude.

It’s the largest onshore U.S. discovery since 1967, when geologists found oil in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska.
According to the Utah Division of Oil, Gas and Mining, this Utah oil is a very high quality light crude – the purest and most valuable oil in the world.
It’s the kind the Saudis sell to America... and it’s the kind Texas had in abundance in the 1930s.
But to have billions of barrels – right in the middle of the United States today – is incredibly rare...

You see, for close to a century, geologists have thought this part of Utah had plenty of oil.
Central Utah sits right on top of the North American Thrust Belt – a geological structure that slices through the continent... from Mexico, through Utah, and into the oil-rich fields of Alberta, Canada.
If you’re looking for oil, a thrust belt is the best place to start. Most of the world’s big oil discoveries have been along thrust belts.

Chevron, Shell, Amoco, and Gulf all made fortunes from major oilfields discovered along this thrust belt - in Wyoming and in parts of Utah.

But in Central Utah, not a single drop of oil has ever been found.
Chevron explored Central Utah for 25 years, with no success.
And in 1999, Chevron finally gave up, and sold their seismic data and land leases to Wolverine Oil & Gas - a privately held, Michigan-based company.
Douglas Strickland – Wolverine’s lead explorer and former Chevron geologist – figured out where everyone else had gone wrong.
Very simply, Strickland realized the surface rocks in this region were unlike any traditional oil markers.
Wolverine quickly – and quietly – uncovered this treasure trove... and now it’s only a matter of time before the region’s entire potential is fully tapped..."

Se confiarmos nesta notícia parece que os Estados Unido ainda possuem reservas de petróleo de boa qualidade no “onshore”, prontas para serem extraídas. Esta descoberta poderá moderar um pouco a subida vertiginosa do preço do ouro negro, evitando uma escalada dos preços das matérias-primas e dos produtos industriais que estão tão dependentes do preço do petróleo. Por outro lado, esta descoberta, poderá colocar mais um travão ao tímido desenvolvimento e comercialização de veículos menos poluentes movidos a combustíveis alternativos. Nesta caso o ambiente é que paga, claro!

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