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History of the European Oil and Gas Industry

Product Code: SP465
Series: GSL Special Publications
Author/Editor: Edited by J. Craig, F. Gerali , F. MacAulauy and R. Sorkhabi
Publication Date: 05 September 2018
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Special Publication 465

The history of the European oil and gas industry reflects local as well as global political events, economic constraints and the personal endeavours of individual petroleum geoscientists as much as it does the development of technologies and the underlying geology of the region. The first commercial oil wells in Europe were drilled in Poland in 1853, Romania in 1857, Germany in 1859 and Italy in 1860. The 23 papers in this volume focus on the history and heritage of the oil and gas industry in the key European oil-producing countries from the earliest onshore drilling to its development into the modern industry that we know today. The contributors chronicle the main events and some of the major players that shaped the industry in Europe. The volume also marks several important anniversaries, including 150 years of oil exploration in Poland and Romania, the centenary of the drilling of the first oil well in the UK and 50 years of oil production from onshore Spain.

Published online 19/07/2018. Print copies available from 05/09/2018.

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Type: Book
Ten Digit ISBN:
Thirteen Digit ISBN: 978-1-78620-363-2
Publisher: GSL
Binding: Hardback
Pages: 472
Weight: 1.2 kg



Craig, J., Gerali, F., MacAulay, F. & Sorkhabi, R. The history of the European oil and gas industry (1600s–2000s)

History of the UK oil and gas industry

Ritson, N. H., Byrne, I. & Cohen, D. A. UK petrol retailing: competitive rivalry and the decline of the oil majors in the twentieth century

Corfield, S. M. The first oil exploration campaign in the UK, 1918–22

Dean, G. The Scottish oil-shale industry from the viewpoint of the modern-day shale-gas industry

Lea, C. Derbyshire’s oil and refining history: the James ‘Paraffin’ Young connection

Gluyas, J., Tang, L. & Jones, S. Argyll Field: the first oil field to be developed on the UK Continental Shelf

Bunce, J. The history of exploration and development of the Liverpool Bay fields and the East Irish Sea Basin

Haarhoff, M. Q., Hughes, F., Heath-Clarke, M., Harrison, D., Taylor, C., Ware, D. L., Emms, G. G. & Mortimer, A. The history of hydrocarbon exploration and development in North Yorkshire

Thomas, R. The development of the manufactured gas industry in Europe

History of the oil and gas industry in Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union

Krzywiec, P. The birth and development of the oil and gas industry in the Northern Carpathians (up until 1939)

Tulucan, A. D., Soveja-Iacob, L.-E. & Krezsek, C. History of the oil and gas industry in Romania

Cantoni, R. Second Galicia? Poland’s shale gas rush through historical lenses

History of the oil and gas industry in Western Europe

Jakobsson, K. H. A history of exploration offshore Norway: the Barents Sea

Cazzini, F. F. The history of the upstream oil and gas industry in Italy

Gerali, F. & Lipparini, L. Maiella, an oil massif in the Central Apennines ridge of Italy: exploration, production and innovation in the oil fields of Abruzzo across the nineteenth and twentieth centuries

Gerali, F., Macini, P. & Mesini, E. Historical study of geosciences and engineering in the oilfields of the Emilia-Romagna region in the socio-economic context of post-Unitarian Italy (1861–1914)

Navarro Comet, J. Ayoluengo’s history – Spain’s only onshore oil field

Navarro Comet, J. & Puche Riart, O. A century of hydrocarbon exploration and production in Spain (1860–1960)

History of the petroleum industry and petroleum geologists

Gisler, M. Entangled between worlds: Swiss petroleum geologists, c. 1900–50

Spencer, J. & Furcuta, M. Myron Kinley and the ‘Torch of Moreni’

Wannier, M. M. A. ‘Uniformity in Geological Reports’ (1917) by Josef Theodor Erb, petroleum geologist and manager (1874–1934)

Kölbl-Ebert, M. German petroleum geologists and World War II

Tari, G. & Bérczi, I. Simon Papp, a prominent Hungarian petroleum geologist: how to run exploration projects from a prison cell

Sorkhabi, R. Sir Thomas Boverton Redwood (1846–1919): a watershed in the British oil industry

Bibliography of additional selected key publications on the history of the European oil and gas industry

Gazetteer of oil and gas museums in Europe



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