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AAPG Bulletin


Volume: 47 (1963)

Issue: 7. (July)

First Page: 1397

Last Page: 1436

Title: Petroleum Developments in Middle East and Adjacent Countries in 1962

Author(s): Henry Hotchkiss (2)


Petroleum production in Middle East countries in 1962 totaled 2 262,959,000 bbls., an average of 6,199,888 b/d. This compares with a total production of 2,063,128,000 bbls. for an average of 5,652,405 b/d in 1961.

Production in Pakistan and India attained a total of 11,922,000 bbls. in 1962--an average of 32,663 b/d. This represents an increase, the bulk of which came from India. However, complete figures for 1961 are not available.

Discoveries were made during 1962 in Turkey, Iran, Syria, Afghanistan (gas), Israel, and Pakistan (gas).

During 1962, the Kuwait Oil company relinquished a substantial part of its concession. Petroleum Development (Trucial Coast) Ltd., relinquished its concession in Dubai. John W. Mecom and American International Oil Company increased their Middle East holdings and the Kuwait National Petroleum Company acquired the areas relinquished by the Kuwait Oil Company.

Development drilling in the area was on a high level. The Umm Shaif field in Abu Dhabi (offshore) commenced regular production and S.I.R.I.P.'s Bahregansar field was recognized as a commercial discovery during the year under review.

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