MATTHEW R. SIMMONS is Chairman of Simmons & Company International, a Houston-based investment bank that specializes in the energy industry. He now focuses on research, writing, and speaking engagements. Last year, he gave seventy-five speeches to a variety of groups, including energy industry conferences, university symposiums, and think tanks. Mr. Simmons is a member of the National Petroleum Council, a board member of Resources for the Future, and a Trustee of The Atlantic Council of the United States. He has an MBA from Harvard University.
PART ONE FROM BEDOUIN TO BOURGEOISIE.
1 The Birth of a Nation.
2 The History of Major Saudi Arabian Oil Discoveries.
3 Saudi Arabia’s Road to Oil Market Dominance.
4 The Veil of Secrecy over Saudi Oil Reserves and Production.
PART TWO THE EBBING OF THE SAUDI OIL BOUNTY.
5 Saudi Aramco.
6 Oil Is Not Just Another Commodity.
PART THREE GIANTS AT THE TIPPING POINT.
7 Ghawar, the King of Oilfields.
8 The Second-Tier Oilfields.
9 The Best of the Rest.
10 Coming Up Empty in New Exploration.
11 Turning to Natural Gas.
PART FOUR TWILIGHT IN THE DESERT.
12 Saudi Oil Reserves Claims in Doubt.
13 Facing the Inevitable.
14 Reading Between the Lines of the Latest News from Aramco.
15 Aramco Invokes “Fuzzy Logic” to Manage the Future of Saudi Oil.
16 In Search of Crisper Truths among the Confident Saudi Claims.
Appendix A Methodology.
Appendix B Supporting Technical Data.
Appendix C The 1974 and 1979 Senate Hearings.