Heavy hydrocarbons playing key role in peak-oil debate, future energy supply

Third in a series of six special reports on Future Energy SupplyIncreasing production of unconventional oil could be crucial for meeting future global oil demand.In the near to middle term, almost all of that unconventional oil supply will come in the form of extra-heavy crude and bitumen.Just as some experts predict a near-term precipitous decline in conventional oil production, others point to burgeoning supplies of upgraded and synthetic crude derived from the world's vast tar sands, oil sands, bitumen resources. Some see those as the linchpin in bridging the gap between peak of global conventional oil production and more-exotic nonconventional energy sources. Click here to enlarg...

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