Il momento è catartico: il petrolio scende, oggi (6 settembre) è andato sotto i 67 dollari al barile, e questo nonostante le escandescenze del presidente Ahmedi-Nejad che invita Bush a convertirsi.
Inoltre, sul NY times annunciano una scoperta che sembra seria. 6 miliardi di barili nel golfo del Messico; va presa con cautela e tenendo conto che sono solo meno di tre mesi di consumo mondiale, ma tutto fa; era un pezzo che non si facevano scoperte del genere (immaginati cosa hanno pensato quando hanno trovato Al Ghawar, con 260 miliardi di barili.....).
From the NY TImes, September 5, 2006
New Oil Field in Gulf May Yield Billions of Barrels
By JOHN HOLUSHA
What could be a major discovery of domestic oil in the Gulf of
Mexico was announced today by a trio of companies led by Chevron
The discovery, in the deepest water yet explored in the Gulf, could
be the biggest domestic oil field since the northern Alaska field
opened a generation ago.
The news pushed the price of crude oil to a five-month low of $68.38
a barrel in midday trading, although tensions in the Middle East and
the threat from hurricanes remained as concerns for traders.
The new field's location near the coast of the United States makes
it particularly attractive, said J. Larry Nichols, the chairman of
Devon Energy Corporation of Oklahoma City, which holds a 25 percent
interest in the find. The discovery "could not have happened in a
better place," he said in a news conference.
The prospective yield of the area, called the lower Tertiary, could
approach six billion barrels of oil, Devon said. The other owner,
with a 25 percent interest, is Statoil of Norway. Chevron owns 50
Statoil said the test results were "very encouraging and may
indicate a significant discovery." It said the company and its
partners plan to drill another well in the area next year to try to
determine the extent of the field.
Chevron said the well, known as Jack #2, and located 270 miles
southwest of New Orleans, produced a "sustained flow rate of more
than 6,000 barrels of crude oil per day" in a production test. The
company said it found the oil producing formation about 20,000 feet
below the bottom of the Gulf, with the well drilled to a total depth
of 28,175 feet.
"More than half a dozen world records for test equipment pressure,
depth and duration in deep water were set during the Jack well
test," Chevron said.