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Dorset's Black Gold: A History of Dorset's Oil Industry
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Dorset's Black Gold: A History of Dorset's Oil Industry (Paperback)

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In this book, Alan Taylor reveals that the history of Dorset's oil starts in the 1850s with attempts to extract oil and gas from mined oil shale at Kimmeridge. By the early twentieth century exploration geologists had realised the significance of oil seeps and other geological features found along the Dorset coast. It seemed that oil might lie in the rock strata at specific locations deep under the Dorset countryside.

The author tells how exploration drilling, during a period of eighty years, led to the discovery of four producing oil fields by BP and others. The unfolding of the development of each field in such an environmentally sensitive area is described. One oilfield, Wytch Farm, has turned out to be the largest producing onshore oilfield in Western Europe.

Access to databases held by HM Government's Oil and Gas Authority has enabled the author to produce a set of unique maps and diagrams to illustrate the historical development of Dorset's oil. Packed with interesting facts and stories, this is an essential book for those interested in Dorset's industrial history.

BusinessIndustry & industrial studiesEnergy industries & utilitiesPetroleum & oil industriesHistory & PoliticsLocal interest, family history & nostalgiaLocal history Publisher: Amberley Publishing Publication Date: 15/08/2021 ISBN-13: 9781398103481  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Alan Taylor has worked in the oil industry for forty years. He has been employed in multi-disciplinary teams for the UK Government and oil companies developing oil and gas fields onshore and offshore in the UK, Europe, Middle East and Asia. Latterly, he has been researching the history of Britain's onshore oil industry.

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