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Development of oil formation theories and their importance for peak oil
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Physics, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Global Energy Systems.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6379-7104
University of Firenze. (Department of Chemistry)
China University of Petroleum - Beijing. (School of Business Administration)
China University of Petroleum - Beijing. (School of Natural Resources and Information Technology,)
2010 (English)In: Marine and Petroleum Geology, ISSN 0264-8172, E-ISSN 1873-4073, Vol. 27, no 9, p. 1995-2004Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper reviews the historical development of both biogenic and non-biogenic petroleum formation. It also examines the recent claim that the so-called “abiotic” oil formation theory undermines the concept of “peak oil,” i.e. the notion that world oil production is destined to reach a maximum that will be followed by an irreversible decline. We show that peak oil is first and foremost a matter of production flows. Consequently, the mechanism of oil formation does not strongly affect depletion. We would need to revise the theory beyond peak oil only for the extreme — and unlikely — hypothesis of abiotic petroleum formation.

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2010. Vol. 27, no 9, p. 1995-2004
Keywords [en]
Oil formation theories, Abiotic oil, Peak oil, Extraction rate, Abiogenic petroleum
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Physics with specialization in Global Energy Resources
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-129245DOI: 10.1016/j.marpetgeo.2010.06.005ISI: 000284556000015OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-129245DiVA, id: diva2:338107
Available from: 2010-08-10 Created: 2010-08-10 Last updated: 2017-12-12Bibliographically approved

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