The oil price shocks of the mid-1980s and their aftermath created radical changes in the petroleum industry, and underlined the need for reliable information on petroleum resources. Integration between the disciplines of petroleum geology, exploration geophysics, reservoir/petroleum engineering and economics became a necessity for resource management and strategic planning. This volume is designed to bring together some of the best techniques evolved to meet these challenges. The very broad scope of the volume, ranging from the macro (global) to micro (field and prospect) level, provides an overview of the thought processes currently prevalent in the industry and academia on the subject of resource quantification and prediction.

This is one of the first books to cover the extensive assembly of hydrocarbon quantification and prediction techniques - of value to petroleum industry management, geoscientists, engineers and economists. Containing hundreds of illustrations, some in colour, the book is arranged in 26 chapters with a detailed subject index. Many service companies and university departments with links to the industry will also find much to interest them.

Table of Contents

World Hydrocarbon Resources. World oil: reserves, production, politics and prices (C.J. Campbell). Gas in the 21st century: a world-wide perspective (I. Lerche). Estimating global oil resources and their duration (R.G. Miller). Definition and Classification of Hydrocarbon Resources. The world of reserve definitions - can there be one set for everyone? (T.J. Beardall). Resource classifications and their usefulness in the resource management of an oil company (K.A. Abrahamsen et al.). Reserve and resource definition: dealing with uncertainty (J. Wilkinson). The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate's Resource Classification System (K.R. Knudsen). Assessment of Undiscovered Hydrocarbon Resources. A method for the statistical assessment of total undiscovered resources in an area (E. Damsleth). The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate's assessment of the undiscovered resources of the Norwegian continental shelf - background and methods (H. Brekke, J.E. Kalheim). Cross-validation of resource estimates from discovery process modelling and volumetric accumulation modelling: example from the Lower and Middle Jurassic play of the Halten Terrace, offshore Norway (R. Sinding-Larsen, Z. Chen). The Russian method for prediction of hydrocarbon resources of continental shelves, with examples from the Barents Sea (K.O. Sandvik, E.V. Zakharov). Offshore Brazil: analysis of a successful strategy for reserve and production growth (S.J. Morbey). Risk Analysis. Risk analysis: from prospect to exploration portfolio and back (G.M. Kaufman). Risk analysis and full-cycle probabilistic modelling of prospects: a prototype system developed for the Norwegian shelf (J.H. Snow et al.). Play fairway analysis and risk mapping: an example using the Middle Jurassic Brent Group in the northern North Sea (S. Grant et al.). A model-based approach to evaluation of exploration opportunities (B.A. Duff, D. Hall). Risk and pr


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About the editors

A.G. Doré

Affiliations and Expertise

Statiol (UK) Ltd., Swan Gardens, London, UK

R. Sinding-Larsen

Affiliations and Expertise

The Norwegian Institute of Technology, Department of Geology and Mineral Resources Engineering, Trondheim, Norway


@from:E.R. Adlard @qu:In this case there is absolutely no doubt that this book will be required reading for all personnel in the planning and strategy departments of oil and gas companies. As might be expected from Elsevier the book is handsomely produced almost to the point that it might be considered a "coffee table" edition. @source:Chromatographia