Dec. 18, 2013


Joseph Hilyard’s timely new book provides 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’s main focus is primarily 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.

Table of Contents:

  • Preface
  • Origins of oil and gas
  • Oil overview
  • Natural gas overview
  • Searching for and evaluating oil and gas
  • Drilling and completion: Onshore
  • Drilling and completion: Offshore
  • Managing oil and gas production
  • Transporting oil
  • Transporting natural gas by pipeline
  • Transporting natural gas as LNG
  • Converting oil into products
  • Converting natural gas into products
  • Petroleum industry structure
  • Petroleum trading
  • Emerging challenges for the petroleum industry
  • Appendix A: Terms, abbreviations, and acronyms
  • Appendix B: Further reading
  • Appendix C: Organizations, agencies, and professional societies

332 Pages/Hardcover/6x9/August 2012