• Frank Jahn, Beaconsfield, Australia

This book on hydrocarbon exploration and production is the first volume in the series Developments in Petroleum Science. The chapters are: The Field Life Cycle, Exploration, Drilling Engineering, Safety and The Environment, Reservoir Description, Volumetric Estimation, Field Appraisal, Reservoir Dynamic Behaviour, Well Dynamic Behaviour, Surface Facilities, Production Operations and Maintenance, Project and Contract Management, Petroleum Economics, Managing the Producing Field, and Decommissioning.
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Book information

  • Published: March 1998
  • Imprint: ELSEVIER
  • ISBN: 978-0-444-82921-4


The acting engineers, scientists and university students, not in petroleum science only, should have use of this book. It will also be useful for those trying to match the terminology in order to gain best understanding in the diverse multilanguage petroleum community in the world.
Review of the Bulgarian Geological Society (59/1), February 1999

...This is a well-organised presentation of the concepts and activities involved in oil and gas recovery, from exploration and development to production, management and decommissioning.
ASLIB Book Guide, Volume 63, No. 12, December 1998
...This book will be a good reference source for companies engaged in international operations...
R.F. Ehinger, AAPG Bulletin Vol. 83, no. 3, February 1999
...Reviewing this book was a pleasure and I gained some new perspectives. I can highly recommend the book to any graduate students wishing to enter oil exploration and production as well as new entrants. And also indeed to practising scientists in the oil industry who wish to gain a wider view outside their area os specialism. Non-technical professionals will also find the book of equal value. ...will be a welcome addition to the bookshelf of any professional in the exploration and production business.
D.G. Roberts, Marine and Petroleum Geology, 1999
This publication is an excellent practical guide and would be of great value to anyone wishing to attain an overview of the hydrocarbon exploration and production process, particularly those studying petroleum geoscience at university level.
Australian Mineral Foundation Alert
...I consider that the principal authors have achieved their goal of providing an introduction to the upstream industry in its broadest sense, an aspiration that has been facilitated by the synopsis of commercial relevance that precedes each chapter. (...) I am pleased to commend this work to those who are seeking to acquire or develop laterally a base knowledge of the practices of the upstream sector of the hydrocarbon industry.
Dialog, 15 May 1998
...This publication is an excellent practical guide and would be of great value to anyone wishing to attain an overview of the hydrocarbon exploration and production process, particularly those studying petroleum geoscience at university level.
Australian Mineral Foundation Alert, 1999
....It was a real pleasure to read this book - an actual concise encyclopedia of the modern upstream petroleum industry in all its activities. (...) Its lucid presentation of the whole upstream petroleum industry operatons as a holistic logical process motivated and controlled by a combination of geological, technical, and economical reasons makes this book an utmost necessity for a college student, beginner in the petroleum profession, as well as experienced professional in a narrow field of petroleum industry.
A.E. Gurevich and G.V. Chilingar, Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering, 1999

Table of Contents

Chapter and section headings: Introduction. About this book. The Field Life Cycle. Exploration phase. Appraisal phase. Development planning. Production phase. Decommissioning. Exploration. Hydrocarbon accumulations. Exploration methods and techniques. Drilling Engineering. Well planning. Rig types and rig selection. Drilling systems and equipment. Site preparation. Drilling techniques. Casing and cementing. Drilling problems. Costs and contracts. Safety and The Environment. Safety awareness. Safety management systems. Environment. Current environmental concerns. Reservoir Description. Reservoir geology. Reservoir fluids. Data gathering. Data interpretation. Volumetric Estimation. Deterministic methods. Expressing uncertainty. Field Appraisal. The role of appraisal in the field life cycle. Identifying and quantifying sources of uncertainty. Appraisal tools. Expressing reduction of uncertainty. Cost-benefit calculations for appraisal. Practical aspects of appraisal. Reservoir Dynamic Behaviour. The driving force for production. Reservoir drive mechanisms. Gas reservoirs. Fluid displacement in the reservoir. Reservoir simulation. Estimating the recovery factor. Estimating the production profile. Enhanced oil recovery. Well Dynamic Behaviour. Estimating the number of development wells. Fluid flow near the wellbore. Horizontal wells. Production testing and bottom hole pressure testing. Tubing performance. Well completions. Artificial lift. Surface Facilities. Oil and gas processing. Facilities. Production Operations and Maintenance. Operating and maintenance objectives. Production operations input to the FDP. Maintenance engineering input to the FDP. Project and Contract Management. Phasing and organisation. Planning and control. Cost estimation and budgets. Reasons for contracting. Types of contract. Petroleum Economics. Basic principles of development economics. Constructing a project cashflow. Calculating a discounted cashflow. Profitability indicators. Project screening and ranking. Per barrel costs. Sensitivity analysis. Exploration economics. Managing the Producing Field. Managing the subsurface. Managing the surface facilities. Managing the external factors. Managing the internal factors. Managing Decline. Infill drilling. Workover activity. Enhanced oil recovery. Production debottlenecking. Incremental development. Decommissioning. Legislation. Economic lifetime. Decommissioning funding. Decommissioning methods. Selected Bibliography. Index.