Shale Oil Production Processes

Shale Oil Production Processes, 1st Edition

Shale Oil Production Processes, 1st Edition,James Speight,ISBN9780124017214


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Key Features

  • Covers production processes technologies such as: surface mining and retorting, in Situ Retoring and processes, direct and indirect retorting and hydrotreatment for shale oil.
  • Methods which should reduce environmental footprint
  • Easy-to-read understand overview of the chemistry, engineering, and technology of shale oil


Shale Oil represents a huge additional global fossil fuel resource.  However, extracting oil from the shale is no simple task; much still needs to be understood to make the process more cost-effective to increase economic flow rates. Clear and rigorous, Oil Shale Production Process will prove useful for those scientists and engineers already engaged in fossil fuel science and technology as well as scientists, non-scientists, engineers, and non-engineers who wish to gain a general overview or update of the science and technology of fossil fuels. Not only does the book discuss the production processes but also provides methods which should reduce environmental footprint by properly addressing: surface mining and extraction processes, in situ conversion process and hydrotreatment.


Operations engineers, Production engineers, Geologists and Research and development engineers

James Speight

Dr. Speight is currently editor of the journal Petroleum Science and Technology (formerly Fuel Science and Technology International) and editor of the journal Energy Sources. He is recognized as a world leader in the areas of fuels characterization and development. Dr. Speight is also Adjunct Professor of Chemical and Fuels Engineering at the University of Utah. James Speight is also a Consultant, Author and Lecturer on energy and environmental issues. He has a B.Sc. degree in Chemistry and a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry, both from University of Manchester. James has worked for various corporations and research facilities including Exxon, Alberta Research Council and the University of Manchester. With more than 45 years of experience, he has authored more than 400 publications--including over 50 books--reports and presentations, taught more than 70 courses, and is the Editor on many journals including the Founding Editor of Petroleum Science and Technology.

Affiliations and Expertise

Editor, Petroleum Science and Technology (formerly Fuel Science and Technology International) and editor of the journal, Energy Sources. Dr. Speight is also Adjunct Professor of Chemical and Fuels Engineering at the University of Utah.

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Shale Oil Production Processes, 1st Edition


Chapter 1. Origin and Properties of Oil Shale

1.1 Origin

1.2 Oil Shale Types

1.3 Composition and Properties


Chapter 2. Oil Shale Resources

2.1 Introduction

2.2 Total Resources

2.3 Occurrence and History by Country


Chapter 3. Kerogen

3.1 Introduction

3.2 Composition and Properties

3.3 Isolation

3.4 Methods for Probing Kerogen Structure


Chapter 4. Mining and Retorting

4.1 Introduction

4.2 Mining

4.3 Direct Retorting

4.4 Indirect Retorting

4.5 The Future


Chapter 5. In Situ Retorting

5.1 Introduction

5.2 In Situ Retorting

5.3 The Future


Chapter 6. Refining Shale Oil

6.1 Introduction

6.2 Shale Oil Properties

6.3 Hydrocarbons

6.4 Nitrogen-Containing Compounds

6.5 Oxygen-Containing Compounds

6.6 Sulfur Compounds

6.7 Shale Oil Upgrading

6.8 The Future


Chapter 7. Environmental Aspects

7.1 Introduction

7.2 Air Quality Impact

7.3 Water Quality Impact

7.4 Land Quality Impact

7.5 Production of Shale Oil



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