La noticia de hallazgo de petróleo en las Falkland tiene toda la pinta de bolazo

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Shares in Rockhopper, named after a native penguin, soared by 150% yesterday after it announced the find. Many among the islands’ population bought shares in the company.

Four companies have hired a drilling rig that is expected to drill eight wells in total this year around the islands, which have never produced oil. The first well, drilled in March, came up dry. Shell and Amerada Hess were among the companies that last explored the area in the late 1990s but pulled out because the results were disappointing and the low oil price did not make developing the fields worthwhile.

Rockhopper stressed that it was very early stages and it was too soon to assess how much oil existed in the reservoir which it had found, which lies about 137 miles off the north coast of the islands at a depth of 2,744 metres (9,000ft). Next week, tugs will tow the drilling rig to the islands’ southern coast to search for more oil.

Geologists estimate that up to 60bn barrels of oil and gas equivalent could lie in the Atlantic waters, which would put the region on a par with the North Sea. But reaching the oil – and transporting it thousands of miles by tanker to market – is much more challenging. The waters around the Falklands reach depths of more than 3,000m, much deeper than the Gulf of Mexico waters where the BP rig Deepwater Horizon sank.

Lo de los «60 Billions de barriles» [ 60 Mil Millones dicho en decimal ] es una mentira grande como la Antártida, e incluso si hay algo de petróleo no van a pasar menos de 10 años antes de que puedan extraer, y venciendo dificultades mayores que las de extraer en el Golfo de México – y ya vemos lo que pasa cuando se intenta trabajar a profundidades cercanas a los tres kilómetros, accidentes fatales y pérdidas incalculables.  Esto se ven obligados a hacerlo porque el petróleo fácil y barato se acabó, a mi me parece que el que no se convenza con esto que se opere de la cabeza.

Esta noticia declarada justo el día de las elecciones en el Reino Unido tiene toda la pinta de ser uno de esos bolazos que las compañías petroleras largan de vez en cuando para captar incautos.

«Una mina es un agujero en la tierra, con un mentiroso en la bocamina vendiendo acciones de la compañia«.

Los argentinos y otros latinoamericanos deberían hacer muy poco caso de las interesadas y falaces declaraciones de esta gente y no alterarse ni ponerse a amenazar.  Dos pozos secos que hubieran tenido que declarar, y se acababa el programa de exploración.  Con este hallazgo, o lo que sea,  hay trabajo y cobran cinco años más.

DIFICULTAD DE PERFORAR A ESAS PROFUNDIDADES

Plumbing the depths

To give an idea of the difficulty of deepwater drilling, Mr Walker uses an analogy. “Imagine a large offshore oil rig as a matchbox,” he says. Next, imagine the matchbox on top of a two-storey building, with the upper floor filled with water and the lower floor filled with rock, sand and, in some cases, salt. Striking an oil reservoir with a drill pipe is then like hitting a coin at the base of the building with a strand of human hair. The penalties for getting it wrong are enormous. An industry rule of thumb puts the cost of drilling a deepwater “dry hole”—a well that does not strike oil—at around $100m; BP says it can be as high as $200m.

«Imagine que una plataforma petrolera es una caja de fósforos, en la azotea de una casa de dos pisos.

El piso de arriba está lleno de agua, y el de abajo lleno de piedra, arena y sal.

Pegarle a un yacimiento de petróleo con la perforadora, es como acertar a una moneda en la base de ese edificio, con un alambre de acero fino como un pelo.

Si el pozo no da petróleo, has tirado 100 millones de dólares,  BP dice que puede ser a grandes profundidades tanto como 200 millones de dólares»

Y sacar petróleo de las Falkland, caso de que realmente haya y valga la pena, tardará entre 10 y 15 años, si es que alguna vez lo sacan.

Plumbing the depths

To give an idea of the difficulty of deepwater drilling, Mr Walker uses an analogy. “Imagine a large offshore oil rig as a matchbox,” he says. Next, imagine the matchbox on top of a two-storey building, with the upper floor filled with water and the lower floor filled with rock, sand and, in some cases, salt. Striking an oil reservoir with a drill pipe is then like hitting a coin at the base of the building with a strand of human hair. The penalties for getting it wrong are enormous. An industry rule of thumb puts the cost of drilling a deepwater “dry hole”—a well that does not strike oil—at around $100m; BP says it can be as high as $200m.

Por Armando

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