A couple of weeks ago I attended the launch of Oil Contracts: How to Read and Understand them, a BookSprints book by OpenOil, a Berlin-based energy consultancy and publishing house. They basically got ten people with different expertise on the oil sector – corporate lawyers, energy activists, government negotiators – together in a house for one week and out came the book. If you want to learn more about the process, see this post by Zara Rahman of OpenOil. (Here is the BookSprints post on the process)
The book is written for the everyday person who is interested in having an idea of what goes into an oil contract, so the language is very accessible. We can all agree that this is an essential document for those trying to understand the dark world of the global extractive industry. Hey, in Nigeria, we don’t even know how much oil we export.
You can download a pdf version of the book here. E-book versions are also available.