Posted by: maboulette | December 10, 2013


Coober Pedy (»Opal Capital of the World«), Aus...

Coober Pedy (»Opal Capital of the World«), Australia (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The discovery of massive oil deposits in Australia could shake up the world’s energy industry and threaten OPEC’s grip on oil markets.

Australia’s Linc Energy has released reports, based on exploration near the remote town of Coober Pedy in South Australia, estimating the amount of oil in the untapped Arckaringa Basin could range to as high as 233 billion barrels.

That could turn Australia from an oil importer into a large-scale exporter.

Estimates of 233 billion barrels are just 30 billion fewer than the estimated reserves in Saudi Arabia, 263 billion barrels. They are more than in Venezuela (211 billion barrels), Canada (175 billion), Iran (137 billion), and Iraq (115 barrels), and could be worth more than $20 trillion.

The discovery isn’t fresh news, however — reports about Coober Pedy’s potential date back to January 2013. The news is that there hasn’t been more news about the find, according to oil industry adviser Dr. Kent Moors, Ph.D., who thinks the discovery could be even larger than estimated.

“The find may land at 300 or 400 billion barrels, making it one of the greatest unconventional oil discoveries any of us will see in our lifetime,” said Moors, a professor in the Graduate Center for Social and Public Policy at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh and founder and editor of the Oil & Energy Investor newsletter.

“It represents a bona-fide redrawing of the global energy map as we know it, and the mainstream media is completely ignoring it.” 

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