Young readers the focus of OPEC’s latest publication

No 2/2011
Vienna, Austria
22 Jun 2011

OPEC has set out to broaden its appeal to younger people with the publication of a book entitled 'I Need to Know: an Introduction to the Oil Industry and OPEC'.

The book covers basic information about the oil industry, such as the nature and composition of crude oil, exploration and production methods, and the upstream and downstream. It also includes a chapter on the origins and history of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).

Although the book is aimed primarily at students and young readers, mature readers with no industry knowledge will also find it appealing and informative. 

The colourful, large-format book has been prepared by the OPEC Secretariat and illustrated by Austrian artist Michael Haderer. It is divided into four chapters, and its many features include a glossary of frequently used technical words and expressions.

In his Foreword, OPEC Secretary General HE Abdalla Salem El-Badri says that the book is not "only about an industry that is central to the way we live today - and to the creation of economic opportunities around the world - (but also) it addresses people who will become the business and political leaders of tomorrow," while hoping, at the same time, that  the young people who read it will be able to find the oil industry as "compelling … as it has been for me and the many men and women who have worked in it for many years."

'I Need to Know: an Introduction to the Oil Industry and OPEC' is published in English. However, it will be translated into the following languages of OPEC's Member Countries: Arabic, Farsi, Portuguese and Spanish, as well as German for its German-speaking readership. It will be distributed in OPEC's Member Countries, schools and international Organizations.

The culmination of more than a year's work, the book marks OPEC's latest effort to inform young readers about the importance of the oil industry and to provide a better understanding of the Organization's role. It also forms part of OPEC's ongoing 50th anniversary celebrations of its founding in September 1960. 

OPEC's 12 Member Countries are Algeria, Angola, Ecuador, the Islamic Republic of Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, the Socialist People's Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, Nigeria, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Venezuela.

The book has been printed in Austria by Ueberreuter Print GmbH.

For more information on the book and the OPEC Secretariat's activities, please contact the Public Relations and Information Department at Helferstorferstrasse 17, A-1010 Vienna, Austria - or by email at

Book Cover 'I need to know'