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Fundamentals of Gas Shale Reservoirs

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Fundamentals of Gas Shale Reservoirs
Edited by Reza Rezaee
Wiley: John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (2015)
ISBN: 978-1-118-64579-6

Reviewed by Harry S. Chou - October 9, 2015

Fundamentals of Gas Shale Reservoirs, edited by Reza Rezaee, is an advanced level textbook and reference book geared toward those specializing in shale gas production and exploration. The focus of the book is on the non-conventional oil and gas resource known as shale gas. Taking the reader from the fundamentals of shale gas to how to map a reservoir, the book also touches upon almost every aspect of shale gas exploration and production as well as environmental issues surrounding the exploitation of this resource. Consequently, this book will not only be of interest to advance university level geology and engineering students, but also to working geologists, petroleum engineers, environmentalists, as well as general readers with a strong interest in shale gas issues.

This book includes eighteen detailed chapters that cover topics as diverse as 'Gas Shale Environmental Issues and Challenges' to 'Performance Analysis of Unconventional Shale Reservoirs.' Other topics covered include the global significance and distribution of gas shale, pore geometry in shale reservoirs, petrophyscial evaluation of shale reservoirs, the geomechanics of gas shales, resource estimations, gas shale reservoir development, well design & spacing, and much more. The contributors to this book are all experts in their respective fields and they were drawn from both academic circles and professionals working in the field. All the chapters in this book are highly annotated with graphs, charts, statistics, mathematical computations, and other relevant illustrations that help to expand upon the material presented in the text. As well, all the chapters end with a detailed set of references.

Although very technical in nature, the authors of this text have taken pains to make this text as accessible as possible to a range of people in various fields. For those not coming to this book with a geology or petroleum engineering background, you will find that a fundamental understanding of geology, chemistry, and calculus will greatly increase your appreciation of this timely and essential book. As well, if you have such a background, this book should be easy to understand and you will come away from the text with a detailed understanding of gas shale reservoirs. Although the current downturn in oil and gas prices has had a detrimental effect on shale gas exploration and production, this is likely to be a temporary set back of the industry. Once oil and gas prices start to rise again, shale gas will once again become a key player in the non-conventional oil and gas resource sector, and it will once again begin seeking out professionals with a knowledge in the gas shale field.

Comprehensive and up-to-date, Fundamentals of Gas Shale Reservoirs is an essential reference for anyone interested in gas shale reservoirs. It is also a must have text for students, of any discipline, studying non-conventional oil and gas resources and it is bound to become the 'gold standard' textbook in this field. In addition, this book is available in both print and e-book edition, making it easy to choose the format that best suits your needs.

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