Nontechnical Guide to Petroleum Geology, Exploration, Drilling & Production, 4th edition

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With over 100,000 copies sold, the new 4th edition joins this series to provide the most complete upstream petroleum guide for students and professionals. Dr. Norman Hyne guides you through the upstream segment of the value supply chain. Commonly used in universities, this easy-to-read and interpret book provides insight into the nature of gas and oil production explaining how it occurs in the earth, how to find it, how to drill for it, how to read well logs for evaluating the well, how to complete a well, how to produce gas and oil, and how to revive mature fields. He also introduces you to newer concepts such as drilling unconventional shale reservoirs which have revolutionized the industry and changed the world market.

Features & Benefits

  • New, colored figures and plates
  • Present-date statistics
  • Modern techniques and equipment
  • A glossary of need-to-know industry terms
  • Italicized key words and phrases in the text


  • Students
  • Landmen
  • Geologists
  • Field level personnel
  • Management
  • Anyone who seeks to understand the upstream value chain.

About the Author

Norman J. Hyne, Ph.D. has had both academic and professional experience in petroleum. He received his degrees in geology from Pomona College, Florida State University and the University of Southern California. In 2017, he received an international reward recognizing his contributions to geological education. Currently, he is a semi-retired, professor of petroleum geology in Continuing Education for Science and Engineering at the University of Tulsa. For several decades, he has taught three-day short courses on petroleum geology, exploration, drilling and production to over forty thousand students on six continents. This book is based on his short course. Previously, he was professor of petroleum geology and chairman of geology and geophysics at the University of Tulsa. During the oil boom days, he owned and operated oil wells. He has authored or edited seven books and numerous scientific papers. Dr. Hyne is a fellow in the Geological Society of America, an honorary member of the Tulsa Geological Society and an emeritus member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists. He established and serves as director of a charity, the Tulsa Geoscience Center, for Grade School Classes.

Dr. Hyne has completed almost all the major hiking treks in South America, North America, Europe, and Asia and has climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa. He is the only member of the Explorers Club in the state of Oklahoma.

Type: Hardcover
Size: 6 x 9 inches
Pages: 506
Published: December 2019
ISBN: 9781593704933

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  • 5

    Hyne's Non Technical Guide to Petroleum Geology

    Posted by Brian Greffenius on 14th Oct 2021

    Fairly new to the O&G Industry, this book drew my attention as excellent background to upcoming agreements we are contemplating signing as a land company. This Pennwell title fit the bill perfectly. It is thorough with concepts well illustrated in colorful graphics. I am well in to it and consider it a bargain since it is an accelerator I was much in need of.

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