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By David Breen

This publication is the showpiece of the background venture. It information the Board's early years, describes occasions, explains why they occurred, and introduces us to some of the personalities who made them take place. Dr. Breen has hired his exacting criteria for certain learn and research in getting ready this paintings, and he has written it in a method that informs whereas it keeps our curiosity. For this, the Board is grateful. targeted thank you also are because of these participants, basically former Board employees participants, who committed a lot time and a focus to the gathering and synthesis of the mass of data. This booklet offers with the 1st 20 years of the Board's heritage. The efforts of Dr. Breen and his learn assistants depart a list that might facilitate extra certain research and severe written works at the Board's later historical past.

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The presence of the "independents" indicates not only that integration in the petroleum industry is decidedly less than that elsewhere but also that it is less integrated than the other basic mineral industries within North America. Although it is usual for most mineral companies to process their own ore, this is not the case in the petroleum industry, where most producers exist without the capacity to refine their own product. In addition, it is important to note that the independents are a sufficiently diverse group as to make generalization difficult.

Govier returned to the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Alberta. In short order, Govier became head of the Department of Chemical Engineering and, given his background and field of research, was a logical appointment to the three-man Alberta Petroleum and Natural Gas Conservation Board in 1948. Govier remained with the Board until 1978, having served as chairman from 1962.. S. technical advice and experience. The province also sought the guidance of Fort Worth lawyer Robert E. Hardwicke.

Porosity and permeability of rock, as well as oil vis- xlINTRODUCTION cosity, define the portion of a reservoir that can be drained by a single well in a given time. Also, wells need to be located where they can gain the greatest advantage of whatever natural drive is available. It is apparent therefore that the most efficient production of petroleum usually requires the development and working of a reservoir as a single unit. This can be achieved readily where the field is developed and operated by a single owner, as is often the case in the Middle East.

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