Natural Gas Revolution At the Pivot of the World's Energy Future

ISBN-10: 0133353516
ISBN-13: 9780133353518
Edition: 2014
Authors: Robert W. Kolb
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List price: $62.99
Copyright year: 2014
Publisher: FT Press
Publication date: 8/9/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 304
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.430
Language: English

Robert W. Kolb reveals how new gas resources are transforming the global energy industry, redistributing economic and geopolitical power in stunning ways. Kolb’s The Natural Gas Revolution explainsthe new promise of natural gas to stimulate economies and enrich human life – and objectively assesses the major environmental risks that accompany fracking, horizontal drilling, and today’s massive new LNG infrastructures. He places natural gas in broader context, clearly and carefully explaining what it will really mean to global economics, geopolitics, investors, the environment, and consumers. He explains the key technologies that have enabled access to huge new natural gas sources, and illuminates the remarkable implications of larger, more widely distributed, and more environmentally-friendly hydrocarbon resources. You’ll find thoughtful and objective answers to questions such as: Will natural gas permit a more orderly transition to solar and other renewables? Will “fracking” and horizontal drilling poison the aquifers cities depend on for clean drinking water? Will “fracking” increase earthquake risks? Next, Kolb explains how the natural gas revolution is roiling world energy markets, predicts their response to today’s wild price imbalances, and identifies surprising implications – for example, a potentially faster transition to cleaner transportation. He concludes by identifying nations and regions that may achieve unexpected energy independence from current suppliers – and even become exporters. This book will be indispensable to anyone interested in the latest developments in energy, international relations, and global business: citizens, investors, and policymakers alike.

Preface
A Note on Energy Values and Conversions
Plates
The Structure of Oil and Gas Reservoirs
The Natural Gas Resource Triangle
Unconventional Natural Gas and Oil Plays in the United States
The Barnett and Eagle Ford Shale Formations
The Marcellus and Utica Shale Formations
The Bakken Shale Formation
The Process for Liquefying Natural Gas
The South Pars and North Fields of Qatar and Iran
The Shale Gas Basins of China
The Constricted Sea Lanes of the Middle East
The Constricted Sea Lanes of Southeast Asia
The South China Sea and Its Contested Regions: Paracel Islands, the Spratly Islands, the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands, and the Scarborough Shoal
Principal Shale Basins of Western Europe
The Nord Stream Pipeline
Pipelines of the Southern Corridor
Gas Fields of Southern South America
General Map of Central Asia
Major International Pipelines from Iran and Central Asia Eastward
Turkmenistan's Key Pipelines
Pipelines from the Caspian Sea Westward
Gas Fields of the Eastern Mediterranean
Gas Fields of Tanzania and Mozambique
The Monterey Shale
Typical Methane Hydrate Deposits
The Pressure and Temperature Interface for Methane Hydrates
To the Brink of Innovation
World Energy-A Rapid Tour of the Past 200 Years
Hydrocarbons: From the Beginnings to Maturity
A Rude Awakening
U.S. Oil and Natural Gas at the Turn of the Millennium
Notes
They Call It a Revolution
The Early History of Natural Gas
The Creation of Oil and Natural Gas
The Basics of Extraction, Production, and Completion
Hydraulic Fracturing
Horizontal Drilling
Contrasting Conventional and Unconventional Gas and Oil Production Techniques
Unconventional Gas Resources and Production in the United States
The U.S. Position in Natural Gas
World Natural Gas Resources
Notes
Liquid Natural Gas and the World Gas Revolution
Creating and Shipping LNG
The LNG Industry
The LNG Infrastructure Today
The Potential for Exports of U.S. Natural Gas
LNG Pricing and Markets
Notes
Environmental Costs and Benefits
Water Supply
Fracking Fluid
Hydraulic Fracturing and Aquifers
"Produced Water"
Air Quality and the Industry's Carbon Footprint
Physical Effects at the Earth's Surface
The Social Dimension
Conclusion: From Coal to Natural Gas or from Natural Gas to Coal?
Notes
The United States and China
Energy in the United States and China
China's Shale Gas Resources
Energy Imports for China and the United States
The Geopolitical Dimension of Energy Imports
The Shale Gas Revolution and the Future of Energy Geopolitics
Notes
The World's Other Large Economies
Japan
The Eurozone Economies: Germany, France, and Italy
Russian Federation
United Kingdom
India and Brazil
Conclusion
Notes
The Other Contending Nations
Iran, Qatar, and Iraq
Central Asia and Turkey
The "Quiet Exporters"
Poland and Ukraine
Australia
The Eastern Mediterranean
Mozambique and Tanzania
Argentina
Conclusion
Notes
The Next Energy Revolutions
The Shale Oil Revolution
The Bakken Play
The Eagle Ford in Texas
The Monterey Shale
The Tight Oil Effect
A Methane Hydrate Energy Revolution?
A Concluding Note
Notes
References
Index

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