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Monday, November 21, 2005

Kuwait's declining oil production reality check

Marston Schultz went to the Peak Oil meeting a sees A looming energy crisis, 21 Novermber 2005
If readers feel this is a case of "chicken little" check out energy I quote from an article. "Kuwait oil production from the worlds second-largest field is "exhausted" and falling after almost six decades of pumping." In other words the field has peaked. I hope that in the future The Union will look into the issue of peak oil and will help A.P.P.L.E. to inform the community on how we can prepare for the oncoming inflation of oil prices.
OK, one oil field that has been pumping since 1938 peaked, dropped from 2.0 million barrels per day, to 1.7 million barrels. What about the other Kuwait oil fields, including the new ones. Here are some facts from the US Department of Energy, perhaps a more reliable source:

Kuwait contains 99.0 billion barrels of proven oil reserves (including its share of the Neutral Zone), or roughly 8 percent of the world's total oil reserves as of June 2005.

Current Oil Production
Kuwaiti oil output is divided about equally between shallow wells and high-pressure wells producing up to 10,000 bbl/d each from the deep, "Marrat" structure which runs north-south through the country and contains an estimated 20 billion barrels of oil in place. The bulk of Kuwait's oil production capacity is located in the southeastern onshore Greater Burgan field, whose Burgan, Magwa, and Ahmadi structures have production capacity of around 1.6 million bbl/d. Kuwait's other main producing fields include the northern fields of Raudhatain (220,000 bbl/d of production capacity, with higher "surge" capacity) and Sabriya (95,000 bbl/d of production capacity, with plans to raise this to 200,000 bbl/d); the southwestern fields of Minagish and Umm Qudayr (200,000 bbl/d); Abdali, Bahra and Ratqa (50,000 bbl/d) in the north; and Kuwait's share of the Saudi-Kuwaiti Neutral Zone (270,000 bbl/d). Overall, around two-thirds of Kuwaiti oil production comes from the southeast of the country, with about one-fifth from northern Kuwait and about one-tenth from the west.

Is Kuwait's production declining, you tell me:
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