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Dictionary of Oil and Gas Production by Clifford Jones
Preface to Dictionary of Oil and Gas Production
That is the third in my sequence of dictionaries, following these on Power and Fuels (co-authored by Nigel Russell) and Fireplace Safety Engineering.
It’s a satisfying expertise for the compiler of a specialist dictionary to organise the data and to hyperlink the entries to offer a balanced protection of worth to a variety of readers.
Oil and pure fuel are in historic phrases fairly latest: the inevitable benchmark date is the drilling of the Drake Properly in Titusville PA in 1859.
That was only a few years earlier than King George V, grandfather of the current Queen, was born, so though the start of the oil business isn’t inside dwelling reminiscence it’s inside the vary of oral custom.
Most of us know one thing about our households a pair of generations in the past and the circumstances of their lives1. Two to 3 generations – a brief sufficient interval within the sweep of historical past – have seen oil and fuel develop from a brand new business to at least one upon which each and every dwelling soul relies and which has a really robust impact certainly on politics and world finance.
Over thirty-five years in the past I heard the journalist John Pilger say on the BBC: ‘A person can dwell with out oil: he can’t dwell with out meals’. If for ‘A person’ we substitute ‘The world’s inhabitants’ (most likely not a misrepresentation of what Pilger was saying) that assertion may want reconsidering in the present day.
Who can deny that oil and pure fuel have introduced incalculable advantages to the world? Within the pre-industrial period, the identical would have been mentioned of agriculture and, as with every asset, abuse entails loss. The time period ‘superannuation’ is now nearly synonymous with ‘post-retirement earnings’, however the idea of superannuation goes deeper than that.
In occasions lengthy earlier than the invention of oil and fuel when folks trusted ‘the land’ for his or her livelihood a area was ‘superannuated’ when it was in want of mendacity fallow for a number of seasons to permit nutrient replenishment and forestall erosion.
The mud bowls of the 1930s are a tragic reminder of the results of neglecting to use ‘superannuation’ in that sense.
I’ve gone into this element of difficulties within the agricultural milieu as a result of, over months of shut examine and analysis of oil manufacturing within the 20th and early 21st Centuries, I’ve developed a deep consciousness that social duty has prevailed.
I imagine that any knowledgeable particular person making an identical examine couldn’t however attain the identical conclusion.
This impression, encouraging although it’s, isn’t in any approach meant to be the thrust of this quantity. It’s merely that it has arisen in my very own thoughts so usually over the analysis and writing intervals that I need to embrace it on this preface.
However its being a ‘dictionary’, this quantity does include a lot shut engineering reasoning and certainly some associated calculations. I hope that college students, professionals within the oil and fuel business and policymakers will profit from it.
I shall be delighted to obtain suggestions from readers. As all the time, my thanks go to Whittles Publishing.
Foreword to Dictionary of Oil and Gas Production PDF
It’s a pleasure to have the ability to write a foreword for an additional of Clifford Jones’ dictionaries, although the identify dictionary doesn’t absolutely describe the little gems of info and rationalization which accompany every itemizing.
Every career has its personal mixture of jargon and ‘issues everyone is aware of’ which might be very exhausting for the newcomer to choose up.
This mini-encyclopaedia will, we’re positive, be an important assist. Nevertheless, the oil and fuel the business is especially various, starting from drilling to finish use of fuels, in order that even folks in a single half of the enterprise is not going to remember of some objects in different areas.
This e book may even be of nice assist to skilled folks wishing to broaden their information or anticipating a transfer inside the business – an the more and more probably occasion in in the present day’s versatile labour market and the worldwide sample of the business.
It’s actually spectacular how a lot info has been condensed into these pages: geological phrases, details about oil and fuel fields, tools and even in lots of instances strategies of calculation defined with an instance.
We might each declare some years of skilled expertise in numerous areas of the oil and fuel business and have been due to this fact happy to search out many issues we did know, however barely shocked on the quantity we didn’t. We will definitely make use of it sooner or later.
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