Good News: Oil Drilling Off Florida Begins Nov. 1. Bad News: It’s in Cuba.
While it’s been the subject of rumor, gossip and misinformation for the last several years, this time it’s real: drilling off the north shore of Cuba is scheduled to begin November 1 . Six wells are planned to be drilled with this rig by the various international companies who own exploration rights off the north shore of the island
While it’s been the subject of rumor, gossip and misinformation for the last several years, this time it’s real: drilling off the north shore of Cuba is scheduled to begin November 1. Six wells are planned to be drilled with this rig by the various international companies who own exploration rights off the north shore of the island.
…Spanish energy company Repsol and its partners are now bringing the Chinese-built [drilling rig] Scarabeo 9 to a site off Cuba’s northwest coast, where it aims to drill as soon as November at a depth of more than 5,500 feet, deeper than the blown-out well that spewed 5 million barrels of crude into the Gulf last summer.
The [rig’s] journey to Cuba will take two months, and once it arrives it will be put into operation almost immediately, said the official, who asked not to be identified. It will be used first as an exploratory well for a consortium led by Spanish oil giant Repsol YPF, which drilled the only offshore well in Cuba in 2004 and said at the time it had found hydrocarbons.
The current trade embargo requires the operation contain less than 10% U.S. content. Of the major components, only the blowout preventer (BOP) is an American product (Cameron International).
A high-level delegation of U.S. oil-spill experts traveled to Havana this week to meet with Cuban officials. It has urged the Obama administration to cooperate with the Castro government on a joint-response plan that could avert environmental catastrophe for both countries. …
Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), a long-time Castro foe, criticized the delegation’s visit, saying it gave “credibility” to Cuba’s attempt to become “the oil tycoons of the Caribbean.” Other lawmakers have also urged retaliatory measures against Repsol.
Repsol, the operator of the first Cuban drilling venture, is a large Spanish oil company with operations in 29 countries, including a $10 billion investment in Iran. It is also a lessee in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.
… Bromwich confirmed that federal officials have talked with Spain’s Repsol about its plans to drill off Cuba later this year but haven’t made a deal to ensure that work meets the same standards it would if it were in U.S. waters.
Repsol has said it plans to begin drilling a well as soon as this summer in Cuban waters. Other international oil companies have lined up drilling afterward, including Malaysia’s Petronas and India’s ONGC Videsh. Cuban officials have said five wells could be drilled in the country’s Gulf of Mexico territory. [Source.]
In U.S. waters, drilling is regulated by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management &etc. (BOEMRE), an agency of the Department of the Interior led by Director Michael Bromwich. U.S. Federal jurisdiction ends 45 miles from Florida’s shores. This drilling will take place 60 miles from Florida.
While Cuban oil officials will manage and regulate the operations, the engineers and crews doing the actually drilling will be composed of experienced international oil workers, said [Lee Hunt, representing the International Association of Drilling Contractors, part of the U.S. delegation]. An Italian firm, Saipem, will be operating the rig, and Repsol’s partners include Statoil, a Norwegian company that he and others praise as a world leader in safe deepwater drilling.
“Cuban oil officials will manage and regulate the operations…” Oh, joy.
To all you NIMBYs in Florida and elsewhere, you can rest well with the knowledge that the best of Cuban industrial technology will brought to bear in overseeing this operation.
Earth Energy Exploration investigates solar storms as a possible source of alternative energy
According to Wikipedia, a solar flare is a large explosion in the sun’s atmosphere that can release as much as 6 × 1025 joules of energy. Harnessing this energy could solve all energy demands.
Solar storms happen when an eruption or explosion on the surface of the sun sends radiation or electrically charged particles toward Earth. Minor storms are common and can light up the Earth’s northern skies and interfere with radio signals. To illustrate the magnitude and power of these storms, scientists have observed that every few decades, the sun experiences a particularly large storm. These can release as much energy as one billion hydrogen bombs.
The frequency of incidence of solar flares varies, from several per day when the Sun is particularly “active” to less than one each week when the Sun is “quiet”. Large flares are less frequent than smaller ones. Solar activity varies within an 11-year cycle (the solar cycle). At the peak of the cycle, there are typically more sunspots on the Sun and hence more solar flares.
Solar flares rise and fall on an 11-year cycle, and last year (2009) marked what scientists thought was the solar minimum. But through the beginning of 2009, the sun stayed unusually quiet. However in October of 2009, NASA discovered some Earth Energy firsts. A major sunspot appeared on the backside of the sun, where it was captured by NASA’s STEREO instrument (http://stereo.gsfc.nasa.gov/instruments/instruments.shtml).
“This is the biggest event we’ve seen in a year or so,” said Michael Kaiser, research scientist with the heliophysics division at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. “Does this mean we’re finished with the minimum or not? It’s hard to say. This could be it. It’s got us all excited.”
People have been counting sunspots since Galileo first observed one in the early 17th century. Through the 28 cycles that have been well-documented, stretching from 1745 to today, the average cycle length has been 11 years, but shorter and longer cycles have been observed. The polarity of solar storms also alternates, so technically, a full cycle is 22 years. Either way however, being able to track consistency and its outburst of energy allows mankind to also be able to investigate ways to predict and capture it as well.
Newly uncovered scientific data of recorded history’s most massive space storm is helping a NASA scientist investigate it’s intensity and the probability that what occurred on Earth and in the heavens almost a century-and-a-half ago could happen again, but this time being prepared and possibly capturing its massive energy.
Earth Energy Exploration continues its mission along with International Journalism Review, to educate the masses on oil and gas properties and educating alternative energy in various areas to let investors make sound decisions. Most recently, EEE has begun to brainstorm in the world of science to look at earth’s energy beyond what we think is possible today.
If you want to know more about the oil and gas industry or energy exploration, we recommend starting on the EEE website but you need a password to their website and it is “success.” Go to www.eartheei.com , please check back often as EEE is helping in the funding of a non-profit and informational and educational source for science and the world. (www.earthenergyexplorationbeyond.com).
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Earth Energy Exploration diffuses defamation slanders by focusing on education to masses, this time with hybrid energy
(EMAILWIRE.COM, April 16, 2011 ) New York, NY – These outsider observations can often lead to perceptions or even suggestions in ones community, city, or even nationwide concern that is often unwarranted. This can literally cripple some of the best companies out there, simply for being good at what they do. Some of the blogs and forums in this industry even suggest conspiracy theories among insiders, to fraud, to bait and switch, and the list goes on.
One industry leader in oil and gas that is making its mark as the oil and gas university, seems to be running their own non-profit for the mere point of backing up their strong history of providing investors sound investments and piece of mind. Earth Energy Exploration makes use of turning that negative energy (which they told us is a bigger problem than one might think) and making it positive.
Earth Energy Exploration spokesman Jason Towe, told IJR “It makes sense to educate our clients of the big picture and the ones we already know. Speculation on great investments in oil and gas properties is like second hat for me, however to convey some of my knowledge to the customer is much more gratifying when they have been actually opened to the elements to various proven facts and trends to make their own decision as an educated consumer; or at least be reassured by our suggestions.”
” With the internet, now it is simple to get even more information to a growing rise in investors as the economy is changing and timing is everything again becomes everything. Through education of the masses on the world’s only highway (The internet) Earth Energy Exploration is pioneering a standard of greatness that should be praised by colleagues, communities, and maybe the government. “Best of all, explains Towe, People are getting more involved with where their hard earned money is going.
International Journalism Review (IJR) has written several articles in the oil and gas industry and consider ourselves to be a very neutral party in the 1000’s of oil and gas and/or investment companies in this industry. It can be said that a bad apple can spoil a bunch, in today’s world so can a bad rumor. As we know learning is a process, we learn as we go. In today’s world technology changes like the wind. In the oil and gas industry, Earth Energy Exploration is privy to these changes and gets the word out to not only their coveted clients but the world, which they claim prepares those unfortunate people that will sometimes fall prey to companies that possess poor business practices and procedures or even worse fraud.
Today’s published article by Earth Energy Exploration is another example of their continued mission to educate the masses not just on oil and gas energy, but it looks at the science behind alternative energy and some unique inventions surfacing. This is resourced by cogeneration.net and helps us understand a hybrid energy system.
A hybrid energy system usually consists of two or more energy sources used together to provide increased system efficiency as well as greater balance in energy supply.
For example, combining solar thermal with solar photovoltaic may provide 100% of the power and energy requirements for a home or business.
Another example could be combining solar thermal with a trigeneration system. The solar thermal would provide 100% of the facility’s (building or home) HVAC (cooling and heating) requirements, while the trigeneration system would provide for the electrical requirements.
Yet another example of a hybrid energy system that Earth Energy Exploration might discuss to investors is a solar electric (pv) array that could be coupled with a wind turbine, which would create more output from the wind turbine during the winter, whereas during the summer the solar panels would produce their peak output. Hybrid energy systems oftentimes yield greater economic, and environmental returns than wind, solar, geothermal or trigeneration stand-alone systems by themselves, but finding key properties like these makes even more value in a standalone oil or gas producing property location
IJR asked Long about how hybrid vehicles work and he described the thee he was familiar with, they included Regenerative Braking, Electric Motor Drive/Assist, and then ends by talking about Automatic Start/Shutoff.
Regenerative Braking. The electric motor applies resistance to the drive train causing the wheels to slow down. In return, the energy from the wheels turns the motor, which functions as a generator, converting energy normally wasted during coasting and braking into electricity, which is stored in a battery until needed by the electric motor.
Electric Motor Drive/Assist. The electric motor provides additional power to assist the engine in accelerating, passing, or hill climbing. This allows a smaller, more efficient engine to be used. In some vehicles, the motor alone provides power for low-speed driving conditions where internal combustion engines are least efficient.
Automatic Start/Shutoff. Automatically shuts off the engine when the vehicle comes to a stop and restarts it when the accelerator is pressed. This prevents wasted energy from idling.
EEE informed IJR that is already allocated a large amount of money to look into funding a whole oversight committee to investigate procedures, fraud, unethical business practices, etc. in addition the think tank group will utilize random shoppers, private follow up interviews with opposite sex security personnel and other means if approved by the committee.
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