We are often asked for recommendations on oil and gas resources.ï¿½ Every individual and organization in the business should have a readily accessible reference library to provide answers to common questions and allow employees to improve their knowledge of oil and gas operations.
The following list of references have been prepared with an emphasis on non-technical treatment of industry operations.ï¿½ We have also provided clickable links to Amazon so you can learn more about the subjects covered.ï¿½ We selected Amazon as our bookstore because you can purchase used versions at reduced prices which can save you some money as you build your library.
The Basic Text -, Bill D. Berger & Kenneth E. Anderson, Pennwell Publishing. [This textbook seems to have been around since Spindletop.ï¿½ It is well-written and updated.ï¿½ There is also aSpanish language version]
Also check out: - Tom Petrie, - Samuel Van Vactor, and - Charles F. Conaway
Keeping Up to Date - - [The industry's "bible." Don't wait for a copy to be circulated. Real players have their own subscription.]
Upstream Fundamentals - ,Norman J. Hyne,Pennwell Publishing. [One of the best books in Pennwell's non-technical series.ï¿½ This is a must for anyone in exploration and production]
Also check out: - David E. Johnson
Drilling Operations - - Basics of drilling and completing an oil and/or gas well.
Oil and Gas Production - , Norman J. Hyne, Pennwell Publishing.ï¿½ [Amazon has this book for $53.73 and would be a good addition to any upstream library]
Deepwater Operations - Learn about the correct way to drill in deep waters with Leffler's book .ï¿½[It's on my bookshelf.]
Downstream Basics - , William L. Leffler, Pennwell Publishing.ï¿½ï¿½[Fine overview of crude oil refining and a well-written presentation]
Oil and Gas Law - John S. Lowe. [John's text is a classic and a must for anyone dealing with oil and gas leases]
Oil and Gas Accounting - , Rebecca A. Gallun, Charlotte J. Wright, Linda M. Nichols, and John W. Stevenson. [Well-regarded text on petroleum accounting principles]
Economic Analysis and Finance - , David Johnston and Daniel Johnston. [A new version of Dan's classic Oil Company Financial Analysis in Nontechnical Language.ï¿½ Dan's is a prolific contributor to the area of financial analysis and fiscal terms]
Oil & Gas PipelinesOverview -, Thomas O. Miesner and William L. Leffler. [Another in the nontechnical guide series]
Natural Gas - , Bob Shively [Most recent effort in this area.ï¿½ Most books are from the mid to late 1990s.]
LNG -, Bob Shively [A new guide to the important world of LNG.]
Oil and Gas Deals and Investments - , John Orban [Easy to read guide on upstream investments. Very nice overview of the upstream value chain.]
Dictionary and Glossary -, 6th Edition, The Association of Desk and Derrick Clubs. [A good basic reference]
Oil Industry Terms - Lagenkamp's reference book, , is a good addition to your library.
Petrochemicals - , 3rd Edition, Donald L. Burdick and William L. Leffler. [Well written textbook and mastery of chemistry is not required]
Management - , James Parker, Wharton School Publishing [Take care of your employees and everything else falls in place]
Information - ), Joseph Hilyard [A good general resource book with maps and historic data.ï¿½ The version is considerably less at $154.83.
Employment - , Gretchen D. Krueger, McGraw-Hill [This book provides a complete overview of the job possibilities, salary figures, and experience required to enter the petroleum industry]
Oil and Gas Fiction -The Analyst, Allen Mesch - When Professor Russell Conrad received a call to fly to Washington, he didn't expect that he would end up in Saudi Arabia trying to rescue the President and prevent a nuclear war.ï¿½ After Conrad is summoned to Washington he finds himself on Air Force One as part of an American delegation to a secret peace conference in Saudi Arabia. President Omar Sanjar's hopes of forming a lasting Middle East peace are shattered when the American delegation is kidnapped.ï¿½ Their captors' ransom demands present a moral dilemma that threatens to plunge the Middle East into a nuclear war. [Okay - it's a shameless act of self-promotion, but even oil and gas people need a little diversion]