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Drilling for oil

blowout

noun

an occasion when oil or gas suddenly escapes from a well (=a deep hole in the ground)

borehole

noun

a very deep narrow hole in the ground made in order to get water or oil

offshore

adjective

in the sea, not on the land. This word is used especially for talking about the oil industry

oilfield

noun

an area where there is oil under the land or under the bottom of the sea

oilman

noun

a man who owns an oil company or who works in the oil industry

oil platform

noun

a large structure that is used when getting oil from under the ground, especially from under the sea

oil rig

noun

an oil platform and all the machines and equipment used on it

oil slick

noun

a layer of oil on the ground

oil well

noun

a deep narrow hole dug in the ground or under the sea in order to obtain oil

OPEC

Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries: an organization that controls the supply and price of oil in the world market

peak oil

noun

the time when the production of oil in the world is at its highest level

platform

noun

a structure built above the sea, used by people who are working to get oil or gas

rig

noun

a tall structure fitted with equipment for getting oil or gas out of the ground or from under the bottom of the sea

roughneck

noun

someone who works on an oil rig

slick

noun

an oil slick

well

noun

a deep hole dug in the ground where there is a supply of oil or gas

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to have or do a lot of something; to focus on a particular thing

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