Petroleum technology development in Libya, developing an evolutionary management framework

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Awarding institution
  • University of Strathclyde
Date of award
  • 2010
Thesis identifier
  • T12599
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  • Significance of technology as a vital element of petroleum industry can not be overstated. It is no longer an issue that is greatly expanded within the last decades and considered a fundamental factor for success of all upstream and downstream petroleum activities. Now, more than ever, petroleum organizations worldwide rely on technology to improve efficiency of technical operations and quality of petroleum products, as well as to reduce costs of finding oil and gas. Over many decades, Libya has been considered a key player in producing and exporting oil to the world, and yet likely to become world- recognized country in both upstream and downstream sectors through its continuous dedication to extend exploration activities all over the geographical areas of nationwide, and to promote production and processing capabilities to meet its strategic goals of oil and gas. In this sense, technology of oil and gas can play an essential role to accomplish effectively all of these business challenges and lessen scale of associated risks. Throughout nearly fifty years, the Libyan oil industry has experienced many technical development stages that based essentially on western technology involvement. In view of that fact, all exploration, production and processing facilities which have been established and being upgraded in Libya are entirely dependent on abroad technologies, specifically from North America and Western Europe. Besides, all indigenous skills obtained along that period of time are mainly accumulated in terms of operating, managing, and maintaining of those technological facilities, with no real role for in-house research efforts to create successful technological innovations which could be exploited to solve petroleum problems, support oil and gas development strategies, and help building national catching-up capacity. Hence, this study sheds light on this concern, and aims at originate a management framework for technological catching-up by developing an empirical understanding of technology development implications in Libyan oil sector, and through exploring the experiential stock of research organizations, firms and business sectors involved in technological innovation in both industrialized and developing countries.
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Date Created
  • 2010
Former identifier
  • 814634