Ocean Space Encompassed by Oil and Gas Activities

by R. H. Burroughs, Univ of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '87


The implications of exploratory and production drilling depth records from 1947 to the present are considered in terms of ocean area involved and coastal management. Technological changes necessary for operation at these increasing depths are identified. The ability to identify solutions to coastal zone management problems is enhanced by being able to understand the location and intensity of oil and gas development. Results here show the area of ocean potentially open to exploratory drilling is equivalent to 37% of all land area worldwide. Ocean area potentially open to production is equivalent to 16% of all onshore land area. These enlarged subsea areas will influence global supplies of energy during times of high demand for oil and gas, and as a result they will be the focus for future management problems in coastal areas.

Subject Headings: Ocean engineering | Space exploration | Coastal management | Wells (oil and gas) | Drilling | Non-renewable energy | Petroleum | Offshore drilling

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