Wednesday, January 9, 2019

The A to Z of the Petroleum Industry

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This historical dictionary covers the modern petroleum industry from the mid-19th century to the first decade of the 21st century, but it also contains a number of entries relevant to earlier periods. Although this book is about petroleum in general, it emphasizes oil more than gas. And although it covers the entire spectrum of the industry, it emphasizes upstream operations more than downstream. Upstream operations consist of the exploration and production of petroleum, while downstream operations consist of refining, transportation, and distribution.

Each entry—on companies, people, events, technologies, phenomena, countries, cities, and regions related to the petroleum industry—is intended to be largely self-contained. However, related entries are highlighted, and their consultation is encouraged for a fuller account. The importance of the United States in the global petroleum industry is reflected in this book, but a deliberate attempt has been made to include as much information as possible from the rest of the world. Russia in particular has been crucial in the history of the industry, and many works have not given it the credit and attention it deserves. Hopefully, this book will contribute to remedying the situation.

Editor’s Foreword Jon Woronoff
Acronyms and Abbreviations
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
About the Author

Author Details
"M. S. (Marius) Vassiliou" received a PhD in geophysics from the California Institute of Technology. He also holds an MBA from the University of California, Los Angeles, an MS in Computer Science from the University of Southern California, and an AB (Highest Honors) from Harvard University.

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