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Refinery Engineering - Integrated Process Modeling and Optimization (Paperback): Ai-Fu Chang, Kiran Pashikanti, Y.A. Liu Refinery Engineering - Integrated Process Modeling and Optimization (Paperback)
Ai-Fu Chang, Kiran Pashikanti, Y.A. Liu
R2,202 R1,558 Discovery Miles 15 580 Save R644 (29%) Within 7 - 13 working days

Petroleum refining is one of the most important yet challenging industries, and continues to be a major contributor in the production of transportation fuels and chemicals. Current economic, regulatory and environmental concerns place significant pressure on refiners to upgrade and optimize the refining process. At the same time, new product demands are urging refiners to explore alternative processing units and feedstocks.

This textbook represents a pioneering and comprehensive introduction to this complex subject, using many of the tools and techniques currently employed in modern refinery process simulation.

Adopting a systematic and practical approach, the authors include the theory, case studies and hands-on workshops, explaining how to work with real data. As a result, senior-level undergraduate and graduate students, as well as industrial engineers learn how to develop and use the latest computer models for the predictive modeling and optimization of integrated refinery processes.

Additional material is available online providing relevant spreadsheets and simulation files for all the models and examples presented in the book.

Petroleum and Marine Technology Information Guide - A bibliographic sourcebook and directory of services (Hardcover, 4 Rev Ed):... Petroleum and Marine Technology Information Guide - A bibliographic sourcebook and directory of services (Hardcover, 4 Rev Ed)
J. Hutcheon, A. Myers, S. Oue, B. Rodden, J. Whittick
R11,229 R10,664 Discovery Miles 106 640 Save R565 (5%) Within 7 - 12 working days

First published in 1981 as the "Offshore Information Guide", this revised information resource details the technology of the oil, gas and marine industries. For this edition, the guide has been completely revised and substantially enlarged. With the assistance of staff from the Centre of Cold Ocean Resources Engineering, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada, the world-wide coverage has been much extended. Additional subject areas include new sections under the following headings: exploration, field development, petroleum reservoirs, economics and government.

Advances in Combustion Toxicology, Volume III (Hardcover): Gordon E. Hartzell Advances in Combustion Toxicology, Volume III (Hardcover)
Gordon E. Hartzell
R2,327 Discovery Miles 23 270 Within 7 - 12 working days
Advances in Combustion Toxicology,Volume I (Hardcover): Gordon E. Hartzell Advances in Combustion Toxicology,Volume I (Hardcover)
Gordon E. Hartzell
R1,634 Discovery Miles 16 340 Within 7 - 12 working days
Expanders for Oil and Gas Operations (Hardcover): Murari Singh, Michael J. Drosjack, David H. Linden Expanders for Oil and Gas Operations (Hardcover)
Murari Singh, Michael J. Drosjack, David H. Linden
R2,141 Discovery Miles 21 410 Within 7 - 15 working days

Full coverage of the expander machines used to extract power from waste fluid gas in the chemical process and refining industries

"Expanders for Chemical Process" describes the engineering analyses required to design and build expanders for particular applications. In an ever-increasing push toward energy conservation, sustainability, green manufacturing, and green chemistry, chemical plants are recovering waste fluid gas energy using expanders. This book explains how to harvest this energy to power other machines. In each case, there are unique conditions that require specialized design and applications. This timely guide offers complete details on expanders. Written by recognized world experts and engineers with experience in the design, application, operation, and troubleshooting of expanders Evaluates existing designs for various applications and considers design modifications and enhancements Covers materials of construction, flowpath configuration, rotor and blade designs, pressure casings, and auxiliaries such as bearings, seals, and cooling Discusses troubleshooting large, expensive equipment Describes the operating facilities in which expanders are applied

Hydrofracking - What Everyone Needs to Know (R) (Paperback): Alex Prud'homme Hydrofracking - What Everyone Needs to Know (R) (Paperback)
Alex Prud'homme
R274 R183 Discovery Miles 1 830 Save R91 (33%) Within 7 - 12 working days

Constantly in the news and the subject of much public debate, fracking, as it is known for short, is one of the most promising yet controversial methods of extracting natural gas and oil. Today, 90 percent of natural gas wells use fracking. Though highly effective, the process-which fractures rock with pressurized fluid-has been criticized for polluting land, air, and water, and endangering human health.
A timely addition to Oxford's What Everyone Needs to Know(r) series, Hydrofracking tackles this contentious topic, exploring both sides of the debate and providing a clear guide to the science underlying the technique. In concise question-and-answer format, Alex Prud'homme cuts through the maze of opinions and rhetoric to uncover key points, from the economic and political benefits of fracking to the health dangers and negative effects on the environment. Prud'homme offers clear answers to a range of fundamental questions, including: What is fracking fluid? How does it impact water supplies? Who regulates the industry? How much recoverable natural gas exists in the U.S.? What new innovations are on the horizon? Supporters as diverse as President Obama and the conservative billionaire T. Boone Pickens have promoted natural gas as a clean, "21st-century" fuel that will reduce global warming, create jobs, and provide tax revenues, but concerns remain, with environmental activists like Bill McKibben and others leading protests to put an end to fracking as a means of obtaining alternative energy. Prud'homme considers ways to improve methods in the short-term, while also exploring the possibility of transitioning to more sustainable resources-wind, solar, tidal, and perhaps nuclear power-for the long term.
Written for general readers, Hydrofracking clearly explains both the complex science of fracking and the equally complex political and economic issues that surround it, giving readers all the information they need to understand what will no doubt remain a contentious issue for years to come.
What Everyone Needs to Know(r) is a registered trademark of Oxford University Press

Burn Out - The Endgame for Fossil Fuels (Paperback, Updated Edition): Dieter Helm Burn Out - The Endgame for Fossil Fuels (Paperback, Updated Edition)
Dieter Helm
R329 R235 Discovery Miles 2 350 Save R94 (29%) Within 7 - 12 working days

An energy revolution is under way with far-reaching consequences for nations, companies, and the way we address climate change Low oil prices are sending shockwaves through the global economy, and longtime industry observer Dieter Helm explains how this and other shifts are the harbingers of a coming energy revolution and how the fossil fuel age will come to an end. Surveying recent surges in technological innovations, Helm's provocative new book documents how the global move toward the internet-of-things will inexorably reduce the demand for oil, gas, and renewables-and prove more effective than current efforts to avert climate change. Oil companies and energy utilities must begin to adapt their existing business models or face future irrelevancy. Oil-exporting nations, particularly in the Middle East, will be negatively impacted, whereas the United States and European countries that are investing in new technologies may find themselves leaders in the geopolitical game. Timely and controversial, this book concludes by offering advice on what governments and businesses can and should do now to prepare for a radically different energy future.

Guidance for Corrosion Management in Oil and Gas Production and Processing (Paperback): Guidance for Corrosion Management in Oil and Gas Production and Processing (Paperback)
R4,124 Discovery Miles 41 240 Within 7 - 12 working days
Corrosion Threats Handbook - Upstream Oil and Gas Production Plant (Hardcover): Corrosion Threats Handbook - Upstream Oil and Gas Production Plant (Hardcover)
R1,297 Discovery Miles 12 970 Within 7 - 12 working days
Caching the Carbon - The Politics and Policy of Carbon Capture and Storage (Paperback): James Meadowcroft, Oluf Langhelle Caching the Carbon - The Politics and Policy of Carbon Capture and Storage (Paperback)
James Meadowcroft, Oluf Langhelle
R701 Discovery Miles 7 010 Within 7 - 12 working days

Over the past decade, carbon capture and storage (CCS) has come to the fore as a way to manage carbon dioxide emissions contributing to climate change. This book examines its introduction into the political scene, different interpretations of its significance as an emerging technology and the policy challenges facing government and international institutions with respect to its development, deployment and regulation. The focus of the book is on the construction of arguments about CCS in the public sphere, the coalitions of actors who have articulated distinctive perspectives on CCS and the varied strategies governments have adopted to integrate it into climate and energy policies. The authors analyse the issues decision-makers now confront in encouraging the uptake of the technology, managing uncertainties and regulating attendant risks. The book includes case studies of the reception of CCS in seven OECD countries: Australia, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, the United Kingdom and the United States. Developments in the EU form the subject of an eighth case study. The authors point to the political significance of CCS as a mitigation option offering a way forward for fossil fuels in a carbon constrained world, while also emphasizing the uncertainties that surround its future development and deployment. Students, scholars and researchers from a wide variety of fields who are interested in climate change, energy policy, and the politics and policy of the environment will find this book illuminating, as will officials and policy makers in international organizations and governments.

Caching the Carbon - The Politics and Policy of Carbon Capture and Storage (Hardcover): James Meadowcroft, Oluf Langhelle Caching the Carbon - The Politics and Policy of Carbon Capture and Storage (Hardcover)
James Meadowcroft, Oluf Langhelle
R2,138 Discovery Miles 21 380 Within 7 - 12 working days

Over the past decade, carbon capture and storage (CCS) has come to the fore as a way to manage carbon dioxide emissions contributing to climate change. This book examines its introduction into the political scene, different interpretations of its significance as an emerging technology and the policy challenges facing government and international institutions with respect to its development, deployment and regulation. The focus of the book is on the construction of arguments about CCS in the public sphere, the coalitions of actors who have articulated distinctive perspectives on CCS and the varied strategies governments have adopted to integrate it into climate and energy policies. The authors analyse the issues decision-makers now confront in encouraging the uptake of the technology, managing uncertainties and regulating attendant risks. The book includes case studies of the reception of CCS in seven OECD countries: Australia, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, the United Kingdom and the United States. Developments in the EU form the subject of an eighth case study. The authors point to the political significance of CCS as a mitigation option offering a way forward for fossil fuels in a carbon constrained world, while also emphasizing the uncertainties that surround its future development and deployment. Students, scholars and researchers from a wide variety of fields who are interested in climate change, energy policy, and the politics and policy of the environment will find this book illuminating, as will officials and policy makers in international organizations and governments.

Windfall - How the New Energy Abundance Upends Global Politics and Strengthens America's Power (Hardcover): Meghan L... Windfall - How the New Energy Abundance Upends Global Politics and Strengthens America's Power (Hardcover)
Meghan L O'Sullivan
R494 R372 Discovery Miles 3 720 Save R122 (25%) Within 7 - 11 working days
Combustion and Gasification of Coal (Hardcover): A. Williams Combustion and Gasification of Coal (Hardcover)
A. Williams
R3,485 Discovery Miles 34 850 Within 7 - 12 working days


This textbook provides an excellent overview of the two most common uses of coal: combustion and gasification. The authors, experts in the fields of combustion, coal structure, and coal combustion modeling, present detailed yet easy to understand information on the properties of coal, combustion mechanisms of pulverized coal and small coal particles, combustion in fluidized beds and the gasification process. Unlike other books on the subject, industrial applications and environmental aspects are covered in detail.

Fossil Fuels: Current Status And Future Directions (Hardcover): Gerard M Crawley Fossil Fuels: Current Status And Future Directions (Hardcover)
Gerard M Crawley
R2,815 R2,096 Discovery Miles 20 960 Save R719 (26%) Within 7 - 12 working days

Concerns over energy resources and the environmental impact of energy use will continue to be part of the polical agenda across the globe. World Scientific's unique series of books on Current Energy Issues is intended, in part, as an expansion and update of the material contained in the World Scientific Handbook of Energy but in part each volume will focus on related energy resources or issues that contain a broader range of topics plus more explanatory text than was possible in the Handbook. The authors will also take the opportunity to update the data presented in the Handbook since in many cases the field is rapidly changing.The Fossil Fuels volume focuses on the main fossil resources, viz. coal, oil and natural gas. Coal is still an extremely important resource especially for electricity production around the world and the book discussed methods for making coal a cleaner resource, including carbon sequestration. There has been a rapid change in the mix of fossil fuels mainly because of hydraulic fracturing which enables oil and gas to be extracted from previously inaccessible formations. The book describes this changing situation including the precautions required to make the production of these fuels safe and environmentally benign. Alternative fossil fuels such as methane hydrates are also discussed.

Chemistry of Fossil Fuels and Biofuels (Hardcover, New): Harold H. Schobert Chemistry of Fossil Fuels and Biofuels (Hardcover, New)
Harold H. Schobert
R1,926 R1,802 Discovery Miles 18 020 Save R124 (6%) Within 7 - 12 working days

Focusing on today's major fuel resources - ethanol, biodiesel, wood, natural gas, petroleum products and coal - this book discusses the formation, composition and properties of the fuels, and the ways in which they are processed for commercial use. It examines the origin of fuels through natural processes such as photosynthesis and the geological transformation of ancient plant material; the relationships between their composition, molecular structures and physical properties; and the various processes by which they are converted or refined into the fuel products appearing on today's market. Fundamental chemical aspects such as catalysis and the behaviour of reactive intermediates are presented, and global warming and anthropogenic carbon dioxide emissions are also discussed. The book is ideal for graduate students in energy engineering, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering and chemistry, as well as professional scientists and engineers.

Pipeline Risk Management Manual - Ideas, Techniques, and Resources (Paperback, 3rd edition): W. Kent Muhlbauer Pipeline Risk Management Manual - Ideas, Techniques, and Resources (Paperback, 3rd edition)
W. Kent Muhlbauer
R2,219 Discovery Miles 22 190 Within 7 - 12 working days

Here's the ideal tool if you're looking for a flexible, straightforward analysis system for your everyday design and operations decisions. This new third edition includes sections on stations, geographical information systems, "absolute" versus "relative" risks, and the latest regulatory developments. From design to day-to-day operations and maintenance, this unique volume covers every facet of pipeline risk management, arguably the most important, definitely the most hotly debated, aspect of pipelining today.
Now expanded and updated, this widely accepted standard reference guides you in managing the risks involved in pipeline operations. You'll also find ways to create a resource allocation model by linking risk with cost and customize the risk assessment technique to your specific requirements. The clear step-by-step instructions and more than 50 examples make it easy. This edition has been expanded to include offshore pipelines and distribution system pipelines as well as cross-country liquid and gas transmission pipelines.
The only comprehensive manual for pipeline risk managementUpdated material on stations, geographical information systems, "absolute" versus "relative" risks, and the latest regulatory developmentsSet the standards for global pipeline risk management

Fluid Machinery for the Oil, Gas and Petrochemical Industry (Hardcover): Pep (Professional Engineering Publishers Fluid Machinery for the Oil, Gas and Petrochemical Industry (Hardcover)
Pep (Professional Engineering Publishers
R5,392 R3,757 Discovery Miles 37 570 Save R1,635 (30%) Within 7 - 13 working days

Fluid machinery is essential for the movement of oil and gas in the extraction and hydrocarbon processing industries. Improvements and innovations in fluid machinery result in improved reliability, and increased efficiency, as well as totally new approaches to business itself.

These latest IMechE conference transactions showcase the latest in technology and provide an excellent forum for sharing valuable experiences.

Topics covered in this indispensable edition include:

Fluid Machinery Design

Turbo-process Machinery

Developments in Pumps and Drivers

Multiphase Pressure Boosting

Safety and Environment

Operations and Maintenance

Retrofits and Upgrades

This volume will be of great interest to engineering managers, chief engineers, academics, and all those involved in the rotating equipment companies.

Seismic Data Interpretation and Evaluation for Hydrocarbon Exploration and Production - A Practitioner's Guide (Hardcover,... Seismic Data Interpretation and Evaluation for Hydrocarbon Exploration and Production - A Practitioner's Guide (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2016)
Niranjan C. Nanda
R2,070 R1,696 Discovery Miles 16 960 Save R374 (18%) Within 7 - 12 working days

This book introduces readers to the field of seismic data interpretation and evaluation, covering themes such as petroleum exploration and high resolution seismic data. It helps geoscientists and engineers who are practitioners in this area to both understand and to avoid the potential pitfalls of interpreting and evaluating such data, especially the over-reliance on sophisticated software packages and workstations alongside a lack of grasp on the elementary principles of geology and geophysics. Chapters elaborate on the necessary principles, from topics like seismic wave propagation and rock-fluid parameters to seismic modeling and inversions, explaining the need to understand geological implications. The difference between interpretation of data and its evaluation is highlighted and the author encourages imaginative, logical and practical application of knowledge. Readers will appreciate the exquisite illustrations included with the accessibly written text, which simplify the process of learning about interpretation of seismic data. This multidisciplinary, integrated and practical approach to data evaluation will prove to be a valuable tool for students and young professionals, especially those connected with oil companies.

Unconventional Oil and Gas Resources - Exploitation and Development (Hardcover): Usman Ahmed, D. Nathan Meehan Unconventional Oil and Gas Resources - Exploitation and Development (Hardcover)
Usman Ahmed, D. Nathan Meehan
R3,018 Discovery Miles 30 180 Within 7 - 12 working days

As the shale revolution continues in North America, unconventional resource markets are emerging on every continent. In the next eight to ten years, more than 100,000 wells and one- to two-million hydraulic fracturing stages could be executed, resulting in close to one trillion dollars in industry spending. This growth has prompted professionals experienced in conventional oil and gas exploitation and development to acquire practical knowledge of the unconventional realm. Unconventional Oil and Gas Resources: Exploitation and Development provides a comprehensive understanding of the latest advances in the exploitation and development of unconventional resources. With an emphasis on shale, this book: Addresses all aspects of the exploitation and development process, from data mining and accounting to drilling, completion, stimulation, production, and environmental issues Offers in-depth coverage of sub-surface measurements (geological, geophysical, petrophysical, geochemical, and geomechanical) and their interpretation Discusses the use of microseismic, fiber optic, and tracer reservoir monitoring technologies and JewelSuite (TM) reservoir modeling software Presents the viewpoints of internationally respected experts and researchers from leading exploration and production (E&P) companies and academic institutions Explores future trends in reservoir technologies for unconventional resources development Unconventional Oil and Gas Resources: Exploitation and Development aids geologists, geophysicists, petrophysicists, geomechanic specialists, and drilling, completion, stimulation, production, and reservoir engineers in the environmentally safe exploitation and development of unconventional resources like shale.

Burn Out - The Endgame for Fossil Fuels (Hardcover, Updated Edition): Dieter Helm Burn Out - The Endgame for Fossil Fuels (Hardcover, Updated Edition)
Dieter Helm
R513 R363 Discovery Miles 3 630 Save R150 (29%) Within 7 - 12 working days

An energy revolution is under way with far-reaching consequences for nations, companies, and the way we address climate change Low oil prices are sending shockwaves through the global economy, and longtime industry observer Dieter Helm explains how this and other shifts are the harbingers of a coming energy revolution and how the fossil fuel age will come to an end. Surveying recent surges in technological innovations, Helm's provocative new book documents how the global move toward the internet-of-things will inexorably reduce the demand for oil, gas, and renewables-and prove more effective than current efforts to avert climate change. Oil companies and energy utilities must begin to adapt their existing business models or face future irrelevancy. Oil-exporting nations, particularly in the Middle East, will be negatively impacted, whereas the United States and European countries that are investing in new technologies may find themselves leaders in the geopolitical game. Timely and controversial, this book concludes by offering advice on what governments and businesses can and should do now to prepare for a radically different energy future.

Dynamic Analysis and Design of Offshore Structures (Hardcover, 2nd ed. 2018): Srinivasan Chandrasekaran Dynamic Analysis and Design of Offshore Structures (Hardcover, 2nd ed. 2018)
Srinivasan Chandrasekaran
R3,105 R2,520 Discovery Miles 25 200 Save R585 (19%) Within 7 - 12 working days

This book introduces readers to various types of offshore platform geometries. It addresses the various environmental loads encountered by these structures, and provides detailed descriptions of the fundamentals of structural dynamics in a classroom style, helping readers estimate damping in offshore structures and grasp these aspects' applications in preliminary analysis and design. Basic concepts of structural dynamics are emphasized through simple illustrative examples and exercises. Design methodologies and guidelines, which are FORM based concepts, are explained through a selection of applied sample structures. Each chapter also features tutorials and exercises for self-learning. A dedicated chapter on stochastic dynamics helps students to extend the basic concepts of structural dynamics to this advanced domain of research. Hydrodynamic response of offshore structures with perforated members is one of the most recent research applications, and has proven to be one of the most effective means of retrofitting offshore structures. In addition, the book integrates the concepts of structural dynamics with the FORM-evolved design of offshore structures, offering a unique approach. This new edition is divided into seven chapters, each of which has been updated. Each chapter also includes a section on frequently asked Questions and Answers (Q&A), which enhances understanding of this complex subject through easy and self-explanatory text. Furthermore, the book presents valuable content with respect to new and recent research carried out by the author in structural dynamics. All numeric examples have been re-checked with more additional explanations. New exercises have been added to improve understanding of the subject matter. Computer coding is also included (wherever possible) to aid computer-based learning of the contents of the book. The book can serve as a textbook for senior undergraduate and graduate courses in civil, structural, applied mechanics, mechanical, aerospace, naval architecture and ocean engineering programs. The book can also serve as a text for professional learning and development programs or as a guide for practicing and consulting offshore structural engineers. The contents of this book will be useful to graduate students, researchers, and professionals alike.

Advances in Biofeedstocks and Biofuels, Volume 1 (Hardcover): Lalit Kumar Singh, Gaurav Chaudhary Advances in Biofeedstocks and Biofuels, Volume 1 (Hardcover)
Lalit Kumar Singh, Gaurav Chaudhary
R3,046 R2,132 Discovery Miles 21 320 Save R914 (30%) Within 7 - 13 working days

The most comprehensive and up-to-date treatment of all the possible aspects for biofeedstock processing and the production of energy from biofeedstocks Biofuels production is one of the most extensively studied fields in the energy sector that can provide an alternative energy source and bring the energy industry closer to sustainability. Biomass-based fuel production, or renewable fuels, are becoming increasingly important as a potential solution for man-made climate change, depleted oil reserves, and the dangers involved with hydraulic fracturing (or "fracking"). The price of oil will always be volatile and changeable, and, as long as industry and private citizens around the world need energy, there will be a need for alternative energy sources. The area known as "biofuels and biofeedstocks" is one of the most important and quickly growing pieces of the "energy pie." But biofuels and biofeedstocks are constantly changing, and new processes are constantly being created, changed, and improved upon. The area is rapidly changing and always innovative. It is important, therefore, that books like the volumes in this series are published and the information widely disseminated to keep the industry informed of the state-of-the-art. This first volume in this groundbreaking new series is a collection of papers from some of the world's foremost authorities on biofeedstocks and biofuels, covering biofeedstocks and how they are processed. It is a must-have for any engineer, scientist, technician, or student working in this area. This initial volume in the Advances in Biofeedstocks and Biofuels series: * Covers all the aspects of biofeedstocks and their suitability as an alternative energy source * Covers all the updated protocols for biofeedstock processing * Is the only book covering biofeestocks and their processes in such a comprehensive manner, including biodiesel, bioethanol, biomass, and the future of bioenergy * Is suitable not only for the engineer working with biofeedstocks, but as a textbook for graduate students, post-doctoral students, and researchers

Materials for Ultra-Supercritical and Advanced Ultra-Supercritical Power Plants (Hardcover): Augusto Di Gianfrancesco Materials for Ultra-Supercritical and Advanced Ultra-Supercritical Power Plants (Hardcover)
Augusto Di Gianfrancesco
R4,639 R3,869 Discovery Miles 38 690 Save R770 (17%) Within 7 - 12 working days

Materials for Ultra-Supercritical and Advanced Ultra-Supercritical Power Plants provides researchers in academia and industry with an essential overview of the stronger high-temperature materials required for key process components, such as membrane wall tubes, high-pressure steam piping and headers, superheater tubes, forged rotors, cast components, and bolting and blading for steam turbines in USC power plants. Advanced materials for future advanced ultra-supercritical power plants, such as superalloys, new martensitic and austenitic steels, are also addressed. Chapters on international research directions complete the volume. The transition from conventional subcritical to supercritical thermal power plants greatly increased power generation efficiency. Now the introductions of the ultra-supercritical (USC) and, in the near future, advanced ultra-supercritical (A-USC) designs are further efforts to reduce fossil fuel consumption in power plants and the associated carbon dioxide emissions. The higher operating temperatures and pressures found in these new plant types, however, necessitate the use of advanced materials.

Geofuels - Energy and the Earth (Paperback): Alan R. Carroll Geofuels - Energy and the Earth (Paperback)
Alan R. Carroll
R502 Discovery Miles 5 020 Within 8 - 13 working days

Our energy use and its consequences (including climate change) motivate some of the most contentious and complex public debates of our time. Although these issues are often cast in terms of renewable versus non-renewable energy, in reality both depend on finite Earth resources. The evolution of the Earth itself therefore offers a uniquely illuminating perspective from which to evaluate alternative pathways toward energy and environmental sustainability. Geofuels: Energy and the Earth systematically develops this perspective using informal, nontechnical language laced with humor. It is well suited to a broad readership, ranging from beginning university students to lifelong learners who are interested in how the Earth's past will influence their own future. It also provides simplified explanations of controversial topics, such as energy return on energy investment, peak oil, and fracking. The focus throughout is on building a sound physical understanding of how natural resources constrain our use of energy.

Carbonate Reservoir Rocks (Hardcover): Ksenia I. Bagrintseva Carbonate Reservoir Rocks (Hardcover)
Ksenia I. Bagrintseva
R3,527 R2,469 Discovery Miles 24 690 Save R1,058 (30%) Within 7 - 13 working days

Most of the world's energy still comes from fossil fuels, and there are still many strides being made in the efficiency and cost effectiveness of extracting these important and increasingly more elusive natural resources. This is only possible if the nature of the emergence, evolution, and parameter estimation of high grade reservoir rocks at great depths is known and a theory of their forecast is developed. Over 60 percent of world oil production is currently associated with carbonate reservoir rocks. The exploration, appraisal and development of these fields are significantly complicated by a number of factors. These factors include the structural complexity of the carbonate complexes, variability of the reservoir rock types and properties within a particular deposit, many unknowns in the evaluation of fracturing and its spatial variability, and the preservation of the reservoir rock qualities with depth. The main objective of most studies is discovering patterns in the reservoir rock property changes of carbonate deposits of different genesis, composition and age. A short list of the unsolved issues includes: the role of facies environment in the carbonate formation; the major geologic factors affecting the formation of high-capacity reservoir rocks and preservation of their properties; recommendations as to the use of the new techniques in studies of the structural parameters; and establishing a correlation between the major evaluation parameters. The focus of this volume is to show the scientific and engineering community a revolutionary process. The author perfected an earlier developed methodology in studies of the void space structure (Bagrintseva's method, 1982). This methodology is based on carbonate rock saturation with luminophore and on special techniques in processing of photographs made under UV light. The luminophore technique was combined with the raster electron microscopy and its variation, the studies under the cathode luminescence regime. This combination enabled a more detailed study of the reservoir void space, the nonuniformity in the open fracture evolution, their morphology, length and variability of openness. Over recent years these techniques have found wide application. Useful for the veteran engineer or scientist and the student alike, this book is a must-have for any geologist, engineer, or student working in the field of upstream petroleum engineering.

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