An Economic Geography of Oil, first published in 1963, analyses the reasons behind the spatial distribution of the different sectors of the world oil industry. In the first part of the book, Peter Odell examines the pattern of the world supply of oil, showing the important changes that took place between 1945 and the early 1960s and highlighting the physical, economic, political and organizational factors which contributed to these developments. In the second part, Odell analyses the relationship between oil and other sources of energy, together with the more fundamental relationship between energy consumption in different areas of the world, and economic development. Finally, attention is paid to those aspects of the industry which are concerned with getting the oil from the point of production to that of consumption; the refining industry, transportation requirements and local distribution patterns are studied. These strands are drawn together in a relevant and interesting conclusion, which considers the overall impact of the oil industry on economic and industrial development.
Preface; List of Maps and Diagrams; List of Tables; Part I: The Pattern of World Oil Supply 1. The Industry’s Resource Base 2. The World Pattern of Production 3. The Pattern of Production: the Determining Factors; Part II: The Pattern of World Oil Demand 4. The Pattern of Oil Consumption 5. Factors Determining the Pattern of Oil Demand; Part III: Refining, Transport and Distribution 6. The Pattern of Refining and the Determinants of Refinery Location 7. Transport and Distribution; Part IV: Conclusion 8. The Oil Industry and Economic Development; Appendix. Notes on Measurement in the Oil Industry; Index
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