Skip to comments.Breaking: Major shale oil find in South Australia (geopolitical shift coming?)
Posted on 01/26/2013 10:00:37 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach
This is Big. At its very least, theyre talking of 3.5 billion barrels of oil, which is a Very Nice Discovery, thank you. At its largest, they are saying 233 billion barrels Saudi Arabia, here we come.
Near Coober Pedy, Linc Energy has confirmed the Arckaringa Basin has lots of shale oil, so much that it could possibly shift us back to being an oil exporter. (We were self sufficient until 2000, but our oil production has been declining since then.)
Any discovery that comes with discussions about national energy security is one worth paying attention to. The news stories are just hitting the net now. Linc Energy has rights over more than 65,000 square kilometres of land in the Arckaringa Basin.
Note that there are virtually no farms and very few people living in the area. The blue splotch around Coober Pedy on the map below is not a lake.
Adelaide Now was one of the first.
SOUTH Australia is sitting on oil potentially worth more than $20 trillion, independent reports claim enough to turn Australia into a self-sufficient fuel producer.
Brisbane company Linc Energy yesterday released two reports, based on drilling and seismic exploration, estimating the amount of oil in the as yet untapped Arckaringa Basin surrounding Coober Pedy ranging from 3.5 billion to 233 billion barrels of oil.
At the higher end, this would be several times bigger than all of the oil in Australia, Linc managing director Peter Bond said.
This has the potential to turn Australia from an oil importer to an oil exporter.
Chief executive Peter Bond says even if the amount of retrievable oil is well below that, the discovery is still bigger than the Cooper Basin and Bass Strait combined.
If you stress test it right down and you only took the very sweetest spots in the absolute known areas and you do nothing else, its about 3.5 billion [barrels] and thats sort of worse-case scenario, he said.
So if you took the 233 billion, well, youre talking Saudi Arabia numbers. Its massive, its just huge.
Remote and deep
Shale oil is more costly to extract and more controversial than conventional crude and involves fracking, in which water is pumped in to break up the shale.
South Australian Mining Minister Tom Koutsantonis says it is much too early to say if the reserve can be profitably tapped.
What they think theyve found, or they have found, but whether its economic to recover or not is still the question, is vast reserves of shale oil, he said.
Its basically oil which is trapped in low-permeability, clay-rich rocks so its within the rocks and you fracture-stimulate those rocks to release the oil.
Shale oil has transformed the energy market in the US. Is this the start of the Australian run?
Will it match the $20 Trillion potential?
Boy, I would much rather deal with them than the middle east.
At least the Aussies drink beer and eat pork.
As if the middle east is not unstable enough, imagine what those Saudi camel jockeys are going to do when the value of their assests are deflated by new global supplies? (I sort of shed a tear, when I think of it)
You just got to love free market macroeconomics !
I take the wine. It is fantastic.
...guess what this liberal would be all about? This liberal would be all about socializing uh, uh, would be about, uh uh.... basically taking over...and the government running all of your companies.
An unfortunate aside here is that the green movement sometimes holds a great deal of power in the Aussie Senate.
Hopefully, with a treasure trove the size of this one, greenies will be told to take a flying whatever.
They have some of the best Malbec, it is brilliant with BBQ..
Encouraging news from a friendly nation. Cheers for the Aussies!
I was thinking the same thing but I suspect their primary customers will be in Europe. Its still good for us because it will ease demand.
Global warmers must be cutting themselves in lamentation.
Drat - just last year I unloaded a couple thousand acres of oil rights around Bopeechee Station [sarc meter just pegged].
Geopolitical shift coming
Major shale oil find in South Australia
OPEC, Saudis rush millions of dollars to peak-oil, enviro groups
I buy it here all the time but it does not come close to the bottles I bought at the wineries there.
Excellent. Between what we’re doing here and the Aussies, it should hurt the Saudis. Less money for funding terrorism, mosques here, etc.
Uh....anyone think about this a little further? What do you think the CHINESE are thinking about?
I have mixed feelings about Middle East OPEC nations being financially ruined by cheap global oil prices.
Schadenfreude is one thing. Revolt of the peasantry into Jihadism is another.
I long to see the day OPEC has to try to eat crude oil sammiches!