192. GIGANTIC COAL DISCOVERY BY STATOIL?
Jan-Willem Bats has a great futurist blog called Our Technological Future which focuses on nano, AI, robotics and biotech. The current lead article describes the latest upgrade of Honda's Asimo robot, and links to some mind-blowing movies of Asimo running which I highly recommend.
Today Jan-Willem found an interesting news item in Dutch.
The original article:
Noren vinden gigantische voorraad steenkoolHere's a machine translation (roughly corrected with Jan-Willem's help):
Het Noorse oliebedrijf Statoil beweert dat het onder de Noordzeebodem meer dan 3.000 miljard ton steenkool heeft gevonden. Dat is genoeg om het verbruik in de hele wereld gedurende eeuwen te voldoen. De grootste voorraad steenkool ligt onder een olieveld voor de Noorse kust. Statoil brengt het gebied nu in kaart en onderzoekt hoe het deze vondst kan ontginnen. De Britse oliereus BP schatte 's werelds toegankelijke steenkoolreserves onlangs nog op 900 miljard ton.Source
Noren find huge stock coal-----
The Norwegian oil company Statoil claims that it under the North sea floor than 3,000 billion tons more has found coal. That is enough satisfy the usage in the complete world during centuries.
The largest stock coal lies under an oil field for the Norwegian coast. Statoil now map the area and examine how it can develop this find. The British oil giant BP recently still valued worldly accessible coal reserves on 900 billion ton.
Update:Thanks to popmonkey for finding a confirmation of this story in the English media:
Norway Has Vast, Inaccessible Seabed Coal – Statoil
NORWAY: December 21, 2005
OSLO - Vast coal reserves beneath the seabed off Norway could supply world demand for centuries if scientists ever found ways to tap the deposits, an official at Norwegian oil and gas group Statoil said on Tuesday.
If the coal were ever exploited, Norway might become for coal what Saudi Arabia is to oil, said Olav Kaarstad, an energy adviser at Statoil who oversaw a review of geological records from 600 wells drilled off Norway.
"We estimate that there are three trillion tonnes of coal off Norway," he told Reuters.
The International Energy Agency reckons that the world's economically recoverable coal reserves are about one trillion tonnes, or about 200 years of production at current rates.
"Of course the coal off Norway is terribly inaccessible. None of the resources are economically retrievable with today's technology," Kaarstad said.Source
-- by JD