Handbook of Oil Industry Terms & Phrases, 6th Edition

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The first edition of Handbook of Oil Industry Terms & Phrases was published in 1974 and new editions followed in 1977, 1981, 1984, and 1994. The goal was to capture not only the technical complexity of the oil field but its history. The result was a mélange of technical information and oil field history and mystique. This sixth edition has sought to preserve most of the history, even though some of the terms are fading from use, and has added new terms to capture the rapid movement of this industry into its new era in which wells are deeper and more likely to be offshore, the equipment more complex, and the drilling followed by new completion technology.

Updated after two decades, the new 6th Edition of the Handbook of Oil Industry Terms & Phrases combines a father/son author team whose experience in the petroleum industry spans more than 75 years. R. Dobie Langenkamp offers a fresh set of terms and phrases introduced to the industry over the past 20 years, and still includes many historical references from the early days of the industry. With over 600 pages, the new edition adds more than 500 new terms and reflects the growth of oil exploration overseas, the emergence of national oil companies, and increased complexity of deal making.

Features & Benefits

  • Definitions
  • Abbreviations


  • Engineers
  • Field level personnel
  • Management
  • Energy lending and finance professionals
  • Anyone who seeks to understand how, or relies upon, energy markets
  • Students

About the Author

Robert D. "Bob" Langenkamp was born in the Cushing, Oklahoma, field in 1913, where his father worked as a pipeline engineer. Cushing was then the largest field in the world. His first job was as a roughneck on a drilling rig in West Texas. In the next 25 years he worked as a field mechanic, powder monkey, line walker, oil telegrapher, pipeliner, and gauger. As such he experienced firsthand the numerous new technological developments that modernized the industry. Following his field experience, Langenkamp moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he worked in the Gulf Oil Company headquarters as editor of Orange Disc, the company’s magazine, and sometimes lectured on oil and gas matters. Upon retirement after 41 years in the oil industry, Langenkamp continued to track the progress of the industry, and in 1974 compiled the Handbook of Industry Terms and Phrases and The Illustrated Petroleum Reference Dictionary. The former more than doubled in length and eventually went through five editions and the latter through four before Langenkamp's death in 2003 at 90 years of age.

R. Dobie Langenkamp, Robert's son, was born in 1936 and also raised in the oil patch of Oklahoma. Both of his grandfathers were Oklahoma pioneers in the 1920s in oil development. The younger Langenkamp worked as an oilfield roustabout, a pump station operator, and a refinery laborer while he was attending school. After Stanford and Harvard Law School he practiced oil and gas law in Oklahoma and twice was appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary for Oil and Gas for the Department of Energy, where one of his responsibilities was to supervise the Naval Petroleum Reserve. After service in the government he founded and ran his ownsmall independent oil and gas exploration company for 15 years. Later he was appointed Professor of Energy and Director of the National Energy Law and Policy Institute at Tulsa University Law School. Dobie Langenkamp has also served as energy consultant for the State Department and Department of Energy in Kazakhstan, the Republic of Georgia, Sao Tome, and Iraq. He has lectured on international oil and gas law in Ghana, Angola, Uganda, Egypt, and Argentina. He currently lives in Tulsa and writes, lectures, and consults on energy issues.

Type: Hardcover
Size: 6x9 inches
Pages: 614
Published: 2014
ISBN: 9781593703349

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