Historical Dictionary of the Petroleum Industry

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Scarecrow Press, Mar 2, 2009 - History - 712 pages
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The world as we have known it for the past century would have been very different without petroleum. Petroleum, particularly in the form of crude oil and its refined products, has been central to all aspects of modern industrial society and has been a major strategic geopolitical objective for nations. The 20th century was the age of oil, and at least part of the 21st century will be as well. Petroleum is used as an energy source and as a raw material for the production of an immense variety of chemicals and synthetic materials. Almost all the world's food relies on petroleum for fertilizer, pesticides, cultivation, or transport. Petroleum has been particularly dominant as a source of transportation fuels, an application for which cost-effective substitutes will be especially difficult to find. The Historical Dictionary of the Petroleum Industry presents a concise but complete one-volume reference on the history of the petroleum industry from pre-modern times to the present day. This is done through a chronology, an introductory essay, and over 400 cross-referenced dictionary entries on companies, people, places, events, technologies, and phenomena related to the history of the world's petroleum industry. Anyone interested in the history, status, and outlook for the petroleum industry will find this book a uniquely valuable source.
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
The Dictionary
21
Petroleum Industry Units and Conversions
551
Major Middle Eastern Consortia of the Seven Sisters and CFP
557
Various Companies with Roots in Standard Oil
559
Top Five OilProducing Countries for 20Year Intervals Since 1861
561
Sweet and Sour Crudes
563
Crudes in the OPEC Basket
565
Largest Oil Spills
571
Refinery Fractions
573
Largest Oilfields
575
Largest Gas Fields
579
Other Gian Oil and Gas Fields of Historical Interest
583
Figures
589
Bibliography
625
About the Author
665

Major Oil Supply Disruptions
567
Tanker Classification
569

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About the author (2009)

M.S. Vassiliou is an analyst at the Institute for Defense Analyses with over 25 years of experience in R&D and technology management.

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