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Historical Dictionary of the Petroleum Industry


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Editor's Foreword Jon Woronoff Preface Acknowledgments Acronyms and Abbreviations Chronology Introduction THE DICTIONARY Appendixes 1 Petroleum Industry Units and Conversions 2. Major Middle Eastern Consortia of the Seven Sisters and CFP 3. Various Companies with Roots in Standard Oil 4. Top Five Oil-Producing Countries for 20-Year Intervals Since 1861 5. Sweet and Sour Crudes 6. Crudes in the OPEC Basket 7. Major Oil Supply Disruptions 8. Tanker Classification 9. Largest Oil Spills 10. Refinery Fractions 11. Largest Oil Fields 12. Largest Gas Fields 13. Other Giant Oil and Gas Fields of Historical Interest 14. Figures Bibliography About the Author

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Marius Vassiliou worked as a senior research geophysicist at Arco Oil and Gas Company and later worked on oil-industry and other problems at the Rockwell International Science Center, where he eventually rose to the position of executive director. Since 2003, he has been an analyst at the Institute for Defense Analyses, where he has worked on a number of issues, including oil depletion and its implications. He is an active member of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists, a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, a Fellow of the Geological Society, and a licensed professional geophysicist in the State of California.


[This second edition] takes a wide-ranging, multidisciplinary approach, embracing technical, economic, and geopolitical and historical aspects. This edition contains over 500 well-written entries, which have many cross-references and cover prominent individuals in the industry, political leaders, companies, events, countries, regions, types of oil, major pipelines, and technologies. New areas of emphasis include horizontal drilling, tight gas, shale oil, and hydraulic fracturing (fracking); the most in-depth coverage is given to exploration and production. A thorough chronology ranges from ancient times to 2017. The extensive bibliography is divided by content and also contains an excellent introductory essay on the literature of the petroleum industry. Thirteen appendixes give statistics and other figures, and there is a handy list of abbreviations and acronyms used throughout the volume, as well as helpful graphs. This volume should be found in university collections supporting energy engineering, political science, or business programs. Highly recommended. * CHOICE *

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