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Pratt Publication Released

A Look at Global Provinces

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.

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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 with Conoco.

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 Millennium."

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:

  • Canada.
  • Alaska.
  • United Kingdom (offshore NW).
  • Rocky Mountains (USA).
  • Kazakhstan.
  • Timan-Pechora.
  • Indonesia.
  • Papua New Guinea.
  • Australia.
  • Onshore China.
  • Gulf of Mexico (USA).
  • Venezuela.
  • Southern South America.
  • Foz do Amazonas (South Atlantic).
  • Iran.
  • Libya.
  • Egypt.
  • 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).

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