Peak oil in the light of oil formation theories

Alexander Tsatskin, Oded Balaban

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The peak oil debate is underpinned by a biological paradigm of oil formation that generates a notion of fixed oil and gas reserves in the Earth's crust. However, the potential of the abiogenic theory of oil formation is underestimated. We will demonstrate the value of modern petroleum science based on a thermodynamic understanding of hydrocarbon formation, and both experimental and observational data, which can introduce a change into the debate. Now emotionally charged and contentious, the debate will supposedly develop a balanced and realistic scenario on gradual oil transition and a secure global energy supply.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1826-1828
Number of pages3
JournalEnergy Policy
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2008


  • Abiogenic theory
  • Biogenic theory
  • Oil transition period

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Energy
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


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