An Overview of the Petroleum Industry

Now in its sixth edition, this guide to the oil industry, written in non-technical language, is a must-read for anyone involved in or curious about the oil industry. Engineers, executives, managers and laypersons will all find this to be a valuable, entertaining and informative guide that presents a practical study of the operations involved in oil exploration, drilling and production. Since the book’s original publication in 1958, this handy volume has taught thousands about this constantly evolving industry that is so important for our everyday energy needs.
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Book information

  • Published: November 2013
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-799977-7

Table of Contents


1-World Oil

2-Where Does Oil Come from?

3-How Do We Get It? Drilling for Oil

4-To Market! Production and Reservoir Engineering

Appendix A-Abbreviations Used in Oil Reports

Appendix B-Stratigraphic Terminology

Subdivision of Geological Eras

Oil and Gas Provinces of Lower 48 States

Oil and Gas Provinces Outside Lower 48 States

Appendix C-Sample Leases and Deeds

Appendix D-Energy Equivalents

An Oil Dictionary