The Oil & Gas Industry: A Nontechnical Guide

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A broad perspective on the oil and gas industry, with primary attention paid to the United States. It takes the reader on a tour of the operations used to find and evaluate resources, and then to produce, store and deliver oil and gas.

The book focuses on the equipment and processes used in exploring new resources, evaluating promising formations, drilling wells, managing oil and gas production, converting oil and gas into products, and transporting oil and gas. Separate chapters address the evolution and current structure of the petroleum industry; oil and gas trading; and challenges likely to face the oil and gas industry in coming years.

Three appendices define key industry terminology; suggest further reading on selected topics; and identify organizations that can provide more information.

Features & Benefits

  • Understand the latest technologies used to develop and extract oil and gas from challenging environments, such as ultra deepwater, shale formations, and tar sands
  • Learn about aspects of the oil and gas industry outside the area in which you work
  • Gain insight into the workings of global oil and gas markets as well as the range of products made from oil and gas
  • More than 35 tables provide up-to-date statistics on topics ranging from reserves, production, refining capacity, imports, and consumption to well-drilling, major pipelines, oil tankers, and petroleum-product use


  • Engineers
  • Field level personnel
  • Management
  • Energy lending and finance professionals
  • Anyone who seeks to understand how, or relies upon, energy markets
  • Students

About the Author

Joseph F. Hilyard has more than 30 years of professional experience as a communicator on energy and environmental topics. Prior to 2005, Hilyard worked for more than 20 years with the Chicago-based Gas Research Institute (now operating as GTI), first evaluating proposed research programs to develop natural gas–related technologies and later managing the firm’s public relations and communications programs. Most recently, he worked with PennWell Corporation to compile and edit the annual editions of PennWell’s 400-page International Petroleum Encyclopedia for 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010. Hilyard holds a B.S degree in mechanical engineering and an M.A. degree in journalism.

Type: Hardcover
Size: 6x9 inches
Pages: 322
Published: 2012
ISBN: 9781593702540

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