When I first heard about the project, Oil Reporting in Iraq, I was a little surprised that it was even necessary for people outside Iraq to deal with such a topic. It was one of the first projects I worked on at OpenOil back in 2010, and it consisted of a wikipedia-style database with articles more »
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The Economist: The unsung masters of the oil industry In the cut throat business of oil extraction, oilfield services (OFS) companies are becoming increasingly indispensable, The Economist writes in a story that will tickle your inner oil geek. Oil majors like ExxonMobil and BP outsourced mundane drilling chores to technical expert OFS firms in the 1980s, but now, as oil is found in ever harder-to-reach depths of the earth's crust, demand for the snazzy technology and inventive drilling techniques pioneered by OFS firms has never been higher. It's too early to bid Exxon and BP adieu - but with production from mature oilfields falling and global demand for the black stuff rising, the industry's dependence on OFS firms is only likely to increase.