oil field


Definition of oil field

: a region rich in petroleum deposits especially : one that has been brought into production

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An oil platform in the Clair Ridge oil field in the North Sea. Dan Molinski And Sarah Mcfarlane, WSJ, "Oil Climbs Despite Rising U.S. Crude Inventories," 13 Feb. 2019 Rangeland’s assets included crude oil pipelines and storage infrastructure in New Mexico and West Texas that serve the Permian Basin oil field. Rye Druzin, San Antonio Express-News, "San Antonio’s Andeavor expands asphalt business with $75 million acquisition," 13 Feb. 2018 Earlier this year, Iraq signed a deal with U.S. energy company Orion Gas Processors LLC to process natural gas extracted at its giant Nahr Bin Omar oil field and transform it into usable fuels. Benoit Faucon, WSJ, "U.S. Pushes Iraq to Wean Itself Off Iranian Energy," 23 Nov. 2018 No damage was detected in oil fields or on the trans-Alaska pipeline. Dan Joling, The Seattle Times, "Alaska’s North Slope shaken by 2 largest recorded quakes," 14 Aug. 2018 An oil platform in the Clair Ridge oil field in the North Sea off the coast of Scotland. Christopher Alessi, WSJ, "Oil Prices Decline as U.S. Stocks Fall," 14 Dec. 2018 An extension would run from the North Slope oil fields down through Fairbanks, which would ultimately allow faster connections between companies in North America, Europe and Asia. Nathaniel Herz, Anchorage Daily News, "‘It sounded too good to be true’: Inside the Alaska broadband company whose former CEO is charged with wire fraud," 28 Apr. 2018 Today, the province is one of the most populous in the country and a key part of Xi's fight against poverty, as proclaimed by red banners across acres of peanut farms and oil fields. Yanan Wang, Fox News, "Christian heartland opens window into fight for China's soul," 7 Aug. 2018 Here in the Catatumbo region — a rugged terrain dotted with streams, oil fields and palm plantations — guerrilla groups have been fighting for three months to take over a former domain of FARC, the Marxist force disbanded under the peace deal. Anthony Faiola, Washington Post, "Two years after Colombia’s peace accord, the historic pact is in jeopardy," 16 June 2018

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1863, in the meaning defined above

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Financial Definition of oil field

What It Is

An oil field is land that contains oil.

How It Works

Specifically, an oil field contains oil that is trapped by a layer of rock. Oil fields are notoriously difficult to locate and tap.

Why It Matters

There are thousands of oil fields on Earth, some of which are at the bottom of the sea. These oil fields are the source of much of the world's oil, and many companies spend millions of dollars locating and drilling in oil fields. The fuel obtained from these fields can become gasoline, plastic, jet fuel and a variety of other products.

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English Language Learners Definition of oil field

: an area where there is a lot of oil and where special equipment has been set up to remove it from the ground

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