to-cover. In this regard, the book should help accelerate learning and will be useful in overcoming ‘The Big Crew Change’—a major human resources challenge facing the industry due to a large number of personnel near retirement age compounded by a lack of new entrants.

This book has distilled many years of experience and knowledge from colleagues and other sources and more than a decade of my own experiences. The endnotes provide further information for those that wish to pursue detail.

Setting out on this odyssey many years ago has meant I have ‘rolled-up’ my sleeves, donned a hard hat and boots to work offshore and in service facilities as well as polished my shoes to work with the executives. All this has meant experiencing ‘feast and famine’, testing exciting new technology and traveling to more countries than one should given the carbon consequences of air-travel. I owe much to the diverse set of people that I have worked with in service companies, oil companies, universities and research organisations, some of whom were not only solid colleagues but were an inspiration.

These include: Joao Carlos Placido, Antonio Lage, Joao Figueira, Jose Pires, Felipe Rego and Marcelino Guedes at Petrobras; Tariq Al Khalifah at King Abdulaziz City of Science Technology; Jaleel Al Khalifa, Muhammad Saggaf, Mohammad Hattab and Shaohua Zhou at Saudi Aramco; Alberto Valencia at Halliburton; Wayne Spence at the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), Jorge Trujillo, David Jones, Carl Mountford, Kenneth Armagost, Colin Mason and John Thorogood (retired) at BP; Mike Killalea at the International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC); John Lewis at ASRC Energy Services; Bill Pike at Hart Energy Publishing; Susan Ganz at Schlumberger; Mark Dykstra, Mark Anderson, Les Shale, Mauricio Figueiredo, David Schnell and David Curry at Baker Hughes; Maira Baitureyeva; Brian Moffatt; John Neal, Stuart Masson and Ken Ellis at NOV Andergauge; Stefan Miska at Tulsa University; and, finally, Jose Ignacio Montes at L10 who provided invaluable insight into renewable energy.

It is with sadness that I heard of the death of Chris Lenamond.

Special acknowledgements should be made to Richard G. Ghiselin, P.E., who edited the book; Professor Richard Dawe of the University of West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago, who also provided input on the early drafts; Dr AbdulAziz Al Majed, the Director of the Centre for Petroleum and Minerals at the Research Institute at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, who helped review chapters and provided encouragement; Dr Mohammad Al-Sahlawi (ex OPEC spokesman and previous Dean of the College of Industrial Management at KFUPM); Paul McElfresh of Baker Hughes for reviewing several chapters; my Father, Abdur Rasheed, for the review of organic chemistry; the EPRasheed team of Sue Smith and Fernanda Brunoro, who laid out the final versions, as well as Aaron Mehar-Hughes and Ana Felix, who helped with tables and conversions. Lastly, two people helped when the book was at the seed stage: Kate Baker at BP, an ex-SPE President, who provided food for thought on the book, its direction and also provided valuable commentary on several chapters; and, Stephen A. Holditch, SPE, Department Head of Petroleum Engineering, Texas A&M University, who provided guidance on the concept.

All the mistakes are my own, while much of the credit goes to these people.

We all caught the oil-bug.

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