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  • Hardcover: 221 pages
  • Publisher: PennWell Books (1 Dec. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593700520
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593700522
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 16.5 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 405,752 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I don't doubt that in those specialized companies and support groups there are many, many people who want to and ought to know more about the processes of producing oil and gas . . . . This book by Leffler and Raymond is a broad leap across the gap between the mysteries of production operations and the need for better understanding by those who help make it happen.--John F. Bookout, President & CEO (retired)

About the Author

Martin S. Raymond, a veteran of more than 40 years in exploration and production, was senior vice-president - E&P for J.M. Huber Corporation. During his career he also held engineering, administrative, and management positions with Shell Oil and Forest Oil. He earned a BA degree from Princeton in geology and a masters degree from the University of California at Berkeley. Currently, Raymond consults in the area of operating process management for E & P companies. William L. Leffler received his BS from M.I.T. and master's and doctorate degrees in business administration from New York University.

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4 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Ireadthis on 24 Mar. 2008
Format: Hardcover
Good for the basics & easy to read. Covers Oil & Gas Production history & developments
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57 of 59 people found the following review helpful
Great Overview 30 Oct. 2007
By T. Miesner - Published on
Format: Hardcover
If a picture is worth a thousand words this book is more robust than advertised. The myriad of pictures, drawings, charts, and graphs bring the rather technical topic of oil and gas production to life.

The book gives a valuable overview of the industry, and even though I am in a related industry (oil and gas pipelines) it provided me with new information in a conscise and easy to read format.

My hat is off to the authors for a fine job.
40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
The perfect primer 17 Feb. 2009
By Daniel V. Quinn - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I work on Wall Street and deal with several people who invest in the oil & gas industry. I purchased this book hoping it would give me a working knowledge of the industry. It did just that! It spelled out everything from how oil is formed to how they locate it to drilling, getting it out of the ground and processing. I was so impressed with the book I actually went to the publishers website to see what other industries they had books on. There is currently is a list of 4 people in my office who are going to borrow this book... its that good. A+
28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
Layman's escort 24 Nov. 2007
By Thomas P. Gore - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This is a concise, expert explanation of how oil and gas are discovered and extracted today. Petroscience is a complicated business, but this book peers into the art and science of the industry and provides laymen with a basic understanding of all the steps involved in finding hydrocarbons and in getting them to market. Highly recommended!
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Great information, strange delivery 8 Feb. 2010
By Carl - Published on
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This is definitely a must have for anyone who wants to know how oil reservoirs are discovered, processed, and sent into production. There's also a great opening chapter on the evolution of oil drilling, stating the very beginnings of the idea.

One thing that struck me as odd as I read through the book was the fact that key words in the chapters weren't defined properly enough to give the reader a full understanding of its meaning. I simply didn't expect this in a book that declares itself 'in Nontechnical Language'. The quick example I can think of is in the first chapter when they introduce the notion "perforating the casing," I had two separate ideas about what this could mean.

These downfalls are rare, so it's easy to ignore them and enjoy the book for what it really is: a great compilation of information about oil production.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Good Primer For Non-Industry Stakeholders 16 Feb. 2008
By Thomas Edwards - Published on
Format: Hardcover
...good primer for non-industry stakeholders (e.g., bankers, private equity investors, lawyers, etc.)... needs to tighten-up grammar/sentence structure and quit bashing lawyers, financiers, non-engineers, imho, since this is the target audience...
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