You hold in your hands the most original guide to understanding the oil and gas world - from exploration and production to the related economics and geopolitics. Tim Daley has spent years travelling the world and living as an expatriate in a quest to secure resources and meet humanity's energy demands. After several decades in the hydrocarbon business, he was keen to write a book about his experiences in an easily accessible language, enabling everyone to grasp the technicalities involved in evaluating the resources that lie beneath our feet.
If you want to learn how hydrocarbons are discovered and produced, Tim's explanations have the added colour of vivid descriptions of the sites discussed and allow you to meet some of the most important characters in the industry, and to gain new insights into this global industry. In addition, the depictions of key events and locations add an element of national politics and travelogue feel.
This book is intended for all members of the general public interested in how hydrocarbon resources are discovered, providing a concise account of how oil geologists view the subsurface, and illustrated by the author's personal experiences in countries around the world. The book will also be of interest to ex-oil industry workers, allow geologists to compare the author's experiences to their own, and provide non-geologists essential insights into how the oil is won. Written in an informal style, it makes for a relaxing yet informative reading experience.
The author Tim Daley has worked for more than 30 years in the oil business as a seismic interpreter employed in the quest for hydrocarbons resources around the world. After graduating with geology and geophysics degrees from Oxford and Durham, he has integrated seismic and bore hole information to understand oil plays where it is critical to imagine the story of how the rocks work, out of sight and under our feet, combining to create the conditions to trap hydrocarbons. Extensive travel has included expatriate assignments in the USA, Indonesia, Pakistan, Venezuela and Tunisia and employment has ranged from multinational corporations down to small independents and across the whole industry cycle, from unexplored frontiers to mature producing fields. The time period has spanned several global oil price shocks which are the back drop to in-country political events.
Chapter 1 Rocks Work: Geology fundamentals illustrated by student mapping projects Chapter 2 Oil Play: Explanation of oil geology using examples from the UK and around the globe Chapter 3 Drilling Reflections: An account of the two main information sources, drilling data and reflection seismic Chapter 4 Interpretation Times: An insight into the interpretation of seismic data to evaluate hydrocarbon potential Chapter 5 New Adventures: How oil companies acquire new areas and the travel in pursuit of data Chapter 6 Prospects for Oil: Evaluation and drilling of new prospects from frontiers to increments Chapter 7 Energy on Tap: Developing oil and gas fields Chapter 8 Costing The Earth: Environmental considerations of oil exploration and development activity, including a future of `fracking' or not