“Heavy Oil” is basically a dirty word in the energy world. But that’s all about to change…
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Technology company Petroteq Inc. is using a new proprietary Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) system that could completely revolutionize oil sands extraction. This technology just might be the key to unlocking the next wave of the energy boom leading to domestic energy independence.
Through a closed-loop system, Petroteq’s EOR can extract 99 percent of all hydrocarbons without releasing ANY greenhouse gases.
The grand opening, according to CEO David Sealock, “was the culmination of two years of hard work by our entire team…as well as the harbinger of value creation to come.”
The company can produce oil for as little as $28 per barrel, they’re already set to produce 1,000 bpd by the end of this year and 5,000 bpd by the end of 2020.
The Big Picture— Scattered throughout Utah, Colorado, and Wyoming are oil sands deposits equal to 1 trillion barrels. There are trillions more locked away in deposits around the world. And Petroteq’s proprietary oil tech can get to it. The company is filing patents around the world, and the licensing opportunities for its EOR closed-loop system are enormous.
Petroteq’s secret is its technology. The patented Liquid Extraction System is the first successful method ever tested that can extract the heavy oil sands of Utah in an environmentally safe and sustainable manner.
The method extracts 99 percent of all hydrocarbons, generating zero greenhouse gases and requiring no high temperatures or pressures.
The company’s deposit at Asphalt Ridge could be worth $6.2 billion at today’s prices, and cost of production is as low as $28 a barrel.
The company plans to ratchet up production to 30,000 bpd from reserves. But that’s not even the biggest opportunity here.
The licensing opportunities for Petroteq’s proprietary technology are staggering. Heavy oil drillers around the world will likely be lining up to use their methods, which could unlock trillions of barrels of heavy oil locked in oil sands worldwide.
#1 Breakthrough Oil Sands Technology
The OPEC/U.S. energy war is heating up. Recently, American production of crude oil rose to an all-time high, surpassing 10 million bpd.
In February 2018, the International Energy Agency predicted that U.S. shale output could eventually meet all new global demand, thanks to its “extraordinary growth.”
Shale production continues to grow, and even an OPEC decision to boost output won’t slow it down.
Technology is key to this battle. The U.S. national interest is focused on increasing domestic production, achieving “energy dominance” and turning the U.S. into a major energy exporter.
Oil sands don’t seem a natural solution. They have a bad reputation: investors consider them dirty, expensive and environmentally damaging.
The tar sands of Canada are the most notable example of this.
Despite being one of the largest petroleum deposits on earth, many majors had to divest from their holdings as the oil price crash of 2014-2016 made production prohibitively expensive.
Technological advances such as their patented Liquid Extraction System will become a key focus for revolutionizing the economics of U.S. oil sands deposits.
Existing oil sands extraction technologies use tons of water and leave toxic trailing ponds. But Petroteq is different.
Petroteq’s system produces oil and leaves behind nothing but clean, dry sand that can be resold as frack sand or construction sand or simply returned to Mother Nature.
Better still – it is expected to achieve production costs of as low as $28/barrel for volume production.
This is how it works:
The end results? The extracted crude oil is free of sand and solvents and then pumped out of the system into a storage tank.
According to Petroteq Chairman and CEO Aleksandr Blyumkin, “no other company has what we have in this space.”
And, their technology is already proven in test results! Petroteq has already extracted 10,000 barrels of oil at their original plant.
After months of testing, the plant is now fully up and running. Petroteq expects to produce 1,000 bpd by the end of 2018 and double that next year.
The process recovered over 99% of the oil in the rock.
#2 Unlocking 1.2 Trillion BOE in the U.S. Alone
This tech could be the silver bullet needed to unlock the oil sands of Utah.
The state has more than half of all U.S. oil sands deposits: 32 billion barrels of oil equivalent (BOE) waiting to be extracted from 8 major deposits.
The deposits have access to fantastic infrastructure. Five major refiners are nearby, and truck routes can deliver product quickly to Salt Lake City.
Better yet, the oil is near the surface, reducing the risk of a “dry well.”
Until now, the major problem facing the oil sands was economics.
The price of oil was simply too low: Utah oil sands couldn’t compete.
But along came Petroteq, with its patented oil extraction technology, which could harness Utah oil sands for cheap.
Petroteq acquired Asphalt Ridge for $10 million, giving it the rights to exploit a huge deposit of an estimated 86 million boe of bitumen in eastern Utah.
At current oil market prices, the field’s oil has gross value of up to $6.2 billion. That’s huge news for a company with a $60 million market cap.
And now, the Asphalt Ridge facility is fully operational. Petroteq is ramping up to produce 1,000 bpd this year and expects to reach 5,000 bpd by the end of 2020.
Utah, Colorado and Wyoming together hold about 1.2 trillion boe in oil sands and shale, worth a combined $72 trillion at current market prices.
At today’s prices, and with Petroteq’s cheap methods, this huge deposit is ripe for safe, inexpensive exploitation. Oil sands owners should jump at the chance to utilize Petroteq’s methods and should deliver lucrative licensing fees in the process.
With licensing its technology, all Petroteq has to do is sit back and let the fees roll in.
Plus, there are more than 20 countries around the world with sizable oil sands deposits just like Asphalt Ridge. Canada alone has more than 100 billion BOE of oil sands, worth $6 trillion.
Worldwide, oil sands deposits are estimated at 500 billion BOE.
Petroteq plans to license its tech to companies around the world, raking in hefty licensing fees and expanding its revenue base. But it will also expand its resource base on an opportunistic basis while prices are low. A recent press release announces a 7 million barrel resource acquisition. Expect it to acquire lots more oil sands property so that it can monetize its tech on its own as well.
#3 Petroteq Aims to Revolutionize Energy Supply Chains with Blockchain
Petroteq’s EOR technology isn’t their only licensing opportunity.
The company also plans to break out another game-changing technology: blockchain.
Nothing could transform oil industry supply chain management more than blockchain.
Supermajors like BP, Shell and Equinor are getting into blockchain, because they know it will make oil and gas trading easier—eliminating the middle men and bringing more efficiency to energy supply lines.
Petroteq has its very own blockchain subsidiary, PetroBLOQ, which is developing the very first blockchain-based platform exclusively for the oil and gas supply chain.
And it can be applied GLOBALLY, to the entire oil and gas chain, from well to tanker to gas pump.
PetroBLOQ is already attracting major attention:
It was cited by Geoffrey Cann, director at Deloitte specializing in oil and gas, as a contender for best blockchain tech in the energy sector.
In January 2018 PetroBLOQ reached an agreement with Pemex, the Mexican state-owned oil company. Petroteq plans on deploying its PetroBLOQ platform to the Pemex supply chain to radically improve efficiency.
Ultimately, if widely adopted, its blockchain platform could end up involved in every single transaction in the oil and gas supply chain—upstream, midstream and downstream.
#4 Management Has Major Skin In The Game
More importantly, they’ve got their own money in the game: they’re betting on themselves to win.
Chairman Alexsander Blyumkin has invested millions of his own money in the business, including an interest-free loan he used to get the facility at Asphalt Ridge off the ground.
Founder and CTO Dr. Vladimir Podlipskiy is a 23-year veteran in chemistry, R&D and manufacturing, and a chemical scientist from UCLA. He’s the oil extraction tech genius with a line-up of patents for everything from oil extraction and mold remediation to fuel reformulators.
President, Jerry Bailey has joined Petroteq after retiring from Exxon as president of the Middle East region. He has been the face of the company for a long time – often providing energy industry advice to CNBC, CNN and Fox Business.
Chief Geologist Donald Clark, PhD, is a geologist and consultant with a wide-range of publications. Even better, he’s a blockchain tech mastermind.
Now that the Asphalt Ridge facility is up and running, Petroteq has tons of additional interest from potential partners around the world and has plans to expand its advisory board.
Together, the management team at Petroteq combines the skills, experience and innovation necessary to bring the company’s ambitious plans to fruition.
#5 We’re One Flashpoint Away from $100 Oil
Oil prices have been ticking up for months. The supply glut is gone, and markets have tightened.
OPEC is considering a boost to production, but it won’t be enough to cover collapsing production in Venezuela and Libya. Petroteq’s resource is exactly the type of heavy oil that is needed in the market, as Venezuela’s production decline has refineries looking for more heavy oil. This void in the regional market might mean that Petroteq’s oil might sell on par or at a price very close to WTI.
New sanctions on Iran will cut into oil production as well.
Saudi officials are eyeing $100 for the Saudi Aramco IPO.
But it’s possible oil prices could scoot even higher, as production bottlenecks in the Permian Basin slow down the growth of U.S. shale.
#6 Trump’s $1.7 Trillion Infrastructure Plan
President Donald S. Trump has announced a $1.7 trillion infrastructure plan.
Billions of dollars will be deployed to rebuild U.S. infrastructure and infrastructure construction requires exactly the kind of heavy oil that Petroteq can produce from oil sands. Petroteq is an approved government supplier – and may generate revenues by selling the raw bitumen ore to roadbuilders.
Petroteq’s mine has supplied regional players in the market for years!
This is a story of extracting costs targeted as low as $28 per barrel of oil… in a $74 world.
Not only that – but Petroteq is the only known company with the technology to tap trillions of barrels of “trapped” heavy oil in Utah, Colorado and Wyoming.
And now, their first production facility is up and running—proof that their revolutionary concept for extracting oil sands works.
By. Ian Jenkins
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