The Future of Global Oil Production

Facts, Figures, Trends and Projections, by Region

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About the Book

As the demand for oil and natural gas continues to increase, accurate forecasting of future production capabilities becomes increasingly important—and remains disturbingly out of reach. Though oil reserve data are published in such industry publications as Oil & Gas Journal and World Oil, these data come from government information that is often woefully incomplete, hopelessly optimistic, or simply outdated. Complicating the picture is the fact that different countries define “oil reserves” in different ways.
This work brings data together in a coherent study of the future of global oil production and its implications. An examination of U.S. capacity is followed by a look at the production futures of each of the major oil-producing regions: Western Europe, Mexico and Canada, South and Central America, Asia, the Middle East, the former Soviet Union, and Africa. Alternatives to oil are also discussed. With world oil production projected to peak in approximately 2010 and natural gas production in 2020, this is a timely look at an increasingly vital global issue. Heavily illustrated with charts and tables.

About the Author(s)

Roger D. Blanchard is a chemistry instructor at Lake Superior State University. He lives in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan.

Bibliographic Details

Roger D. Blanchard
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 319
Bibliographic Info: maps, tables, appendices, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2006
pISBN: 978-0-7864-2357-6
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Abbreviations in Figures and Tables      vii

Introduction      1

1. Oil Production in the United States      27

2. Oil Production in Western Europe      54

3. Oil Production in Mexico and Canada      72

4. Oil Production in South and Central America      94

5. Oil Production in Asia      126

6. Oil Production in the Middle East      162

7. Oil Production in the Former Soviet Union      200

8. Oil Production in Africa      211

9. Global Oil Production      240

10. Evaluation of Alternatives to Conventional Oil      249

11. Conclusions      267

Appendix A. Production Graphs for U.S. States      271

Appendix B. Production Data for U.S. States      286

Notes      287

Bibliography      299

Index      307