The aim of the Encyclopedia of Hydrocarbons is to provide the reader, whether a specialist or not, with a clear and detailed view of this sector, covering historic events, scientific know-how, the elements and interrelations of the value chain of the oil & gas industry, the current and foreseeable technological developments, and the economic and legal aspects that influence the sector's prospects
R ome , 16 June 2009 – Eni presented its Encyclopedia of Hydrocarbons today to the Accademia dei Lincei, in the presence of Giovanni Conso, Chairman of the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, Giuliano Amato, Chairman of Treccani and Paolo Scaroni, Chief Executive of Eni. The work contains the most up-to-date information on the oil & gas sector and on environmental technologies, as well as geopolitical and economic analyses.
The quality, detail and variety of topics discussed make this work unique in its kind. No oil company has ever made a similar cultural commitment and, with this work, Eni demonstrates its strong interest in promoting the culture of energy, of compatible development and of international cooperation.
In the twentieth century, hydrocarbons were, and will remain so over the next decades, by far the most important source of energy: a determining factor of social organization and a strategic raw material which has been the source of alliances, conflicts, and geopolitical and security issues. Understanding the world of hydrocarbons, the history, the technical characteristics and the future prospects of the sector provides an essential tool to understand international systems and their future development.
The aim of the Encyclopedia of Hydrocarbons is to provide the reader, whether a specialist or not, with a clear and detailed view of this sector, covering historic events, scientific know-how, the elements and interrelations of the value chain of the oil & gas industry, the current and foreseeable technological developments, and the economic and legal aspects that influence the sector's prospects.
The first edition of this work was inspired by Enrico Mattei who, with the introduction of the Encyclopedia of Oil and Natural Gas in 1962, underlined the technical and scientific innovation, strategic necessity and importance of the sector.
With this cultural initiative, Eni has given continuity to the vision and publication promoted by Enrico Mattei, as well as providing an up-to-date perspective.
The Encyclopedia of Hydrocarbons is made up of five volumes, in both Italian and English; the first volume, ‘Research, production and transport of hydrocarbons', covers the early days of the hydrocarbons industry and its pioneers, finishing at the current geographical distribution of the exploration and exploitation activities of fossil fuel resources, highlighting the geopolitical and socio-economic implications. The second volume, ‘Downstream oil: refining and petrochemicals, provides details of the chemical, structural and technological features of the raw materials and products, and describes the research and exploration activities of drilling, development, transportation and distribution.
The third volume, ‘New Developments: ‘Energy, transportation and sustainability', covers the issues of energy and technology, and the development problems associated with the environment and sustainability. Furthermore, it discusses the development of new emerging technologies, both upstream and for the production of electricity, as well as renewable sources of energy.
The fourth volume, ‘The economic, political and legal aspects of hydrocarbons', focuses on the economic and legal aspects of the hydrocarbons industry (economic structure, corporate organization, company histories, reserves, production and demand, international trade, the structure and dynamics of the markets, competition and pricing policies, and the legal framework of the industry).
The fifth volume, ‘Tools', analyzes the nature and features of the physical and chemical components of hydrocarbons.
The work is the result of a collaboration between Mario Beccari of Treccani and Ugo Romano of Eni, who edited the articles of 223 authors, all international experts in their respective fields, with a balanced mix of Italian and foreign authors. The articles are especially interdisciplinary, so as to highlight the informational, educational and critical tone of the work. There is also a complete specific bibliography and, in many cases, the general reading required for a more in-depth analysis of the topics. Furthermore, the Encyclopedia also contains a section of explanatory pictures.
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