This is the first book in the petroleum sector to shed light on the real obstacles to sustainable development and provides solutions to each problem encountered. Each solution is complete with an economic analysis that clarifies why petroleum operations can continue with even greater profit than before while ensuring that the negative environmental impact is diminished. The new screening tools and models proposed in this book will provide one with proper guidelines to achieve true sustainability in both technology development and management of the petroleum sector.

Table of Contents

Foreword Preface Acknowledgments Nomenclature Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 The New Management Guidelines 2.1 Introduction 2.2 Current Practices of Petroleum Operations 2.3 Problems of Current Operations 2.4 Sustainability in Petroleum Operations 2.5 Tools Needed for Sustainable Petroleum Operations 2.6 How the Green Supply Chain Model Leads to Sustainability 2.7 Benefits of the New Model Chapter 3 Exploration Operations 3.1 Introduction 3.2 Current Practices of Exploration Operations 3.3 Exploration Techniques 3.4 Problems with Current Exploration Techniques 3.5 Sustainability of Current Exploration Techniques 3.6 Accuracy and Uncertainty of Explorations 3.7 Special Measures for Sustainable Exploration Technology Chapter 4 Drilling and Production Operations 4.1 Introduction 4.2 Current Practices of Drilling and Production 4.3 Production 4.4 Problems with Current Practices 4.5 Operations in the Ecologically Sensitive Areas 4.6 Emerging Technologies and Future Potential 4.7 Sonic While Drilling 4.8 Knowledge-Based Optimization of a Rotary Drilling System for the Oil and Gas Industry 4.9 Future Research in Production Operations 4.10 Benefits of Sustainable Drilling and Productions Chapter 5 Sustainable Waste Management 5.1 Introduction 5.2 Drilling and Production Wastes 5.3 Waste Estimation 5.4 Environmental Fate of Petroleum Wastes 5.5 Current Practices of Waste Management 5.6 Evaluation of Current Waste Management Technologies 5.7 Alternative Waste Management 5.8 Sustainability of Waste Management Chapter 6 Reservoir Engineering and Secondary Recovery 6.1 Introduction 6.2 Well Test Analysis 6.3 Current Practice in Well Logging 6.4 Current Practices of Core Analysis 6.5 Practical Guidelines Chapter 7 Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) Operatio


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