A new memoir containing papers from the
celebrated Wallace Pratt Conference (2000) on Future Petroleum Provinces
of the World has been released by AAPG.
The conference, held in San Diego and named for the
legendary oil finder Wallace Pratt ("Where oil is first found …
is in the minds of men"), focused on the question of where explorers
will find oil and gas in the next 50 years.
The words and thoughts of those speakers are now
compiled in AAPG Memoir 74, Petroleum Provinces of the Twenty-first
Century, which has 26 chapters, 560 pages, critical information,
overviews, exploration history and maps.
"Attendance at the conference was limited, so the
memoir is the primary method that most people will be able to receive
and process this data," said Marlan Downey, a past AAPG president
and co-chairman of the Pratt Conference.
"The regions covered at the conference represent
an exciting opportunity for companies with vision and determination,"
he said, adding that those who attended the conference picked up
essential information about the great petroleum opportunities of
the 21st century.
The volume was compiled and edited by Downey; Jack
Threet, president of Threet Energy, Houston, and current chairman
of the AAPG Foundation; and William Morgan, a senior explorationist
Also working on the conference was Fred Dix, retired
executive director of the AAPG and of the AAPG Foundation (and to
whom the conference was dedicated), who helped identify and invite
the highly regarded explorationists "who had the credentials to
tell us where and to show us why major accumulations of oil and
gas would be found in their particular provinces of interest."
Included in the book is a paper by conference keynote
speaker Michel T. Halbouty, Houston, on "Exploration in the New
Other papers in the volume provide specific overviews
of the oil-producing regions that are likely to be important for
the next 50 years. Areas covered include:
- United Kingdom (offshore NW).
- Rocky Mountains (USA).
- Papua New Guinea.
- Onshore China.
- Gulf of Mexico (USA).
- Southern South America.
- Foz do Amazonas (South Atlantic).
- Arabian Plate.
- Lower Congo.
- Berkine (Algeria).
In addition, special papers provide discussion on
important topics concerning the future economic and technological
health of the petroleum industry. These papers include:
- Perspectives on future supply and demand.
- New oil in mature exploration regions.
- Potential of natural-gas hydrates.
- An overview on the health of the industry.
The book sells for $59 (plus shipping) at the AAPG
Bookstore, online at http://bookstore.aapg.org,
or via phones at (800) 364-2274 in the USA & Canada, or via
phone: (918) 584-2555. Ask for Memoir 74 (catalog: 590-03).