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InvisibleRandalFlagg
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Interesting read on Iraq
    #3638289 - 01/17/05 12:08 PM (11 years, 10 months ago)

This is from the U.S. Department of Energy

http://www.eia.doe.gov/emeu/cabs/iraq.html


I found this paragraph to be interesting:


One major challenge in maintaining, let alone increasing, oil production capacity, was Iraq's battle with "water cut" (damaging intrusion of water into oil reservoirs) especially in the south. In 2000, Saybolt International had reported that NOC and SOC were able to increase their oil production through use of short-term techniques not generally considered acceptable in the oil industry (i.e., "water flooding," injection of refined oil products into crude reservoirs). The Saybolt report now appears to have been largely accurate. In addition, a U.N. report in June 2001 said that Iraqi oil production capacity would fall sharply unless technical and infrastructure problems were addressed. Oil market consultants PFC Energy have stated that "unless water injection used to maintain pressure in the southern fields is restarted, there is a strong possibility that [they] will go into more rapid decline and suffer permanent reservoir damage." PFC added that "this means the rehabilitation work at the Qarmat Ali water processing plant is crucial." U.N. oil experts reportedly have estimated that some reservoirs in southern Iraq have been so badly managed that their ultimate recovery rates might be only 15%-25%, well below the 35%-60% usually seen in the oil industry.


Hm...so the longer Saddam stayed in power, the more likely there would be oil field degradation. Methinks this might have been a significant reason to get rid of Saddam.


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Re: Interesting read on Iraq [Re: RandalFlagg]
    #3638299 - 01/17/05 12:12 PM (11 years, 10 months ago)

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Methinks this might have been a significant reason to get rid of Saddam.


  And all this time I thought it was because of WMDs... :smirk:


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Re: Interesting read on Iraq [Re: Rono]
    #3638373 - 01/17/05 12:30 PM (11 years, 10 months ago)

I think WMD's did play a part. I really do think that the CIA gave Bush bad information. However, I think there were a lot of other geopolitical reasons for wanting to take out Saddam.


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Re: Interesting read on Iraq [Re: RandalFlagg]
    #3638380 - 01/17/05 12:33 PM (11 years, 10 months ago)

I agree that WMD's played a part...a part of a fabricated story that was pushed on the citizens of the U.S. in order to drum up support for a pre-emptive strike on a sovereign nation so that they could take control of it's oil reserves.


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Re: Interesting read on Iraq [Re: Rono]
    #3638789 - 01/17/05 02:18 PM (11 years, 10 months ago)

the sad thing is how much have we really gained in terms of oil? its my general understanding that we are not skimming a few cents for every barrel that comes out of iraq (that is when the fields are not on fire or pipelines being blown up)

but yeah weapons of mass dissaperance.


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