A model of peak production in oil fields

Daniel M. Abrams, Richard J. Wiener

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We developed a model for oil production on the basis of simple physical considerations. The model provides a basic understanding of Hubbert's empirical observation that the production rate for an oil-producing region reaches its maximum when approximately half the recoverable oil has been produced. According to the model, the oil production rate at a large field must peak before drilling peaks. We use the model to investigate the effects of several drilling strategies on oil production. Despite the model's simplicity, predictions for the timing and magnitude of peak production match data on oil production from major oil fields throughout the world.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)24-27
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican Journal of Physics
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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