Petroleum Resources With Emphasis on Offshore Fields

 
9781845644789: Petroleum Resources With Emphasis on Offshore Fields

Lessons learned and experience gained from mature Norwegian offshore projects form the cornerstone of this timely new book, whose principle aim is to increase the reader's general understanding of the 'upstream' part of the petroleum industry - the locating of underground resources and their conversion to valuable products. Starting with Chapter (1): The Geology of Petroleum Resources, the text follows the hydrocarbons from their origin in reservoirs through Chapter (3): Drilling, Well Design and Well Completion to Chapter (6): Hydrocarbon Off Take. Against the backdrop of Louisiana and the Gulf of Mexico, Chapter (7): Overall Field Design and Support Facilities has beneficial advice for the industry, and the authors did not shy away from their responsibilities and devoted subsequent chapters to: · Decommissioning· Safety Management· Environmental Management· Licensing and Fiscal Regimes· The Economics of Petroleum Operations and Investments· Responsibilities to Society and Business Ethics The book s interdisciplinary approach and the links between different parts of the value chain make it a useful contribution to the published literature. Its emphasis on the need for careful handling of natural resources, the safety of the development in the most environmentally friendly way, and business ethics and responsibility to society make it especially relevant today.The book is intended for readers who have a professional or student interest in the petroleum industry, and a modest level of prior knowledge of the technical and commercial aspects of the industry, including university students specializing in petroleum sciences; specialists from the industry who want to upgrade their competence; engineers in oil and gas companies and governmental bodies and institutions who would like to have a desktop reference book; people in the contracting industry serving the offshore market who want to understand how their contribution fits into the totality of developing oil and gas resources; and interested readers from the general public, such as teachers and policy decision makers.

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There are large challenges facing the oil and gas industry, e.g. increasing challenges to find new oil and gas accumulations, a requirement for a clean environment and reductions in CO2 emissions being voiced by public and governments, requirement for long distance transport of natural gas from the producers to the consumers and rapid changes in the price of hydrocarbons on the world market. The decision makers need a wide background for their decisions, and all aspects of the value chain are important in order to identify the optimal field development solution. The objective of this book is to treat in a consistent manner the key aspects related to development of petroleum resources in order to allow an interdisciplinary view of the topics involved in development projects and in order to identify the most optimal development solution. The book is organized to allow the reader to review the different topics individually so the book can serve as a reference source for those interested in topics not familiar to themselves.

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Ove T. GUDMESTAD, University of Stavanger, Stavanger and Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway Dr. Ove T. Gudmestad holds a M.Sc. degree in Applied Mathematics from the University of Tromso (1973) and a Ph.D. in Hydrodynamics from the University of Bergen (1985). He spent two years as a student and visiting scientist at MIT. Dr. Gudmestad has over 20 years of engineering, research and project experience in the petroleum industry, including offshore-related and international experience. He has published books and a number of papers and has filed a number of patent applications. He has taught courses and offered seminars on Marine Technology, Environmental loads, Offshore pipelines, Offshore field development, Arctic offshore field development, Managing the development of an offshore field installation, and Deepwater technology Anatoly B. ZOLOTUKHIN, Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and Gas, Moscow, Russia, is the co-author of Introduction to petroleum reservoir engineering (Hoyskoleforl., 2000), as well as a number of papers in the field. Erik T. JARLSBY, Stavanger, Norway, is an advisor and lecturer on energy, economics and strategy.

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