Offshore Pioneers: Brown & Root and the History of Offshore Oil and Gas

Offshore Pioneers: Brown & Root and the History of Offshore Oil and Gas

by Joseph A. Pratt, Christopher J. Castaneda, Tyler Priest
     
 

Fifty years ago, in November 1947, Brown & Root helped Kerr-McGee build the first out-of-sight-land offshore platform that produced oil. The date is widely celebrated as the birth of the modern offshore industry. In the years since this historic occasion, Brown & Root has continued to pioneer in the design and construction of offshore pipelines and platforms. Along… See more details below

Overview

Fifty years ago, in November 1947, Brown & Root helped Kerr-McGee build the first out-of-sight-land offshore platform that produced oil. The date is widely celebrated as the birth of the modern offshore industry. In the years since this historic occasion, Brown & Root has continued to pioneer in the design and construction of offshore pipelines and platforms. Along with the rest of the offshore industry, the company has helped develop technology capable of finding and producing oil in deepwater and in harsh environments around the world.

This history puts a human face on the process of technological change. Using the words of many of those who took part in Brown & Root's offshore activities, this book recounts their efforts to find practical ways to recover offshore oil. Building on lessons learned in the Gulf of Mexico before and after World War II, the company's personnel adapted offshore technologies to conditions encountered in Venezuela, the Middle East, Alaska, and other regions before becoming one of the first engineering and construction companies to confront the challenge of North Sea development in the 1960's.

Through times of boom and bust in the oil industry, the search for effective technology had continued. The process has not always been smooth, but the results have been impressive. As we enter a new and exciting era in offshore technology, the history of the first fifty years of the industry provides a useful context for understanding current and future events.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
The authors of this book have an established track record in writing serious company histories rather than the all too common vanity publishing that dominated the genre, and this is valid and well wrought addition to their collective canon. (The Journal of Energy Literature, Vol. V, No I)
Booknews
Essentially a vanity publication on the part of the Houston-based engineering and construction firm, Brown & Root, this book rapturously discusses the history of offshore oil and gas drilling, placing the company at the forefront of each advance. Sections discuss the development of technology for offshore production in the Gulf of Mexico; the challenges posed by climatic conditions in other regions; and the development of offshore drilling in the North Sea. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780884151388
Publisher:
Elsevier Science
Publication date:
11/17/1997
Pages:
302
Product dimensions:
7.30(w) x 10.31(h) x 0.82(d)

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