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Resource constraints in petroleum production potential

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Abstract

Geologic reasons indicate that the dominant position of the Middle East as a source of conventional petroleum will not be changed by new discoveries elsewhere. The share of world crude oil production coming from the Middle East could increase, within 10 to 20 years, to exceed 50 percent, under even modest increases in world consumption. Nonconventional resources of oil exist in large quantities, but because of their low production rates they can at best only mitigate extant trends. Increased production of natural gas outside the United States, however, offers an opportunity for geographically diversified energy supplies in the near future.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Resource constraints in petroleum production potential
Series title:
Science
Volume
253
Issue:
5016
Year Published:
1991
Language:
English
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
First page:
146
Last page:
152
Number of Pages:
7