Gulf Publishing Company

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Gulf Publishing Company
Gulf Publishing Co logo.png
Status Active
Founded 1916 (1916)
Founder Ray L. Dudley
Successor John T. Royall
Country of origin United States
Headquarters location Houston, Texas
Key people John T. Royall (President and CEO)
Andy McDowell (World Oil publisher)
Catherine Watkins (Hydrocarbon Processing publisher)
Victoria Pope (Global Events Director)
Publication types Magazines
Nonfiction topics Petroleum industry
Official website

Gulf Publishing Company is an international publishing and events business dedicated to the hydrocarbon energy sector.[1] Founded in 1916 by Ray Lofton Dudley, Gulf Publishing produces and distributes publications in print and web formats, online news, webcasts and databases; hosts conferences and events designed for the energy industry. The company was a subsidiary of Euromoney Institutional Investor from 2001 until a 2016 management buyout by CEO John Royall and Texas investors. The business and strategy publication Petroleum Economist also transferred to the company in May 2016.[2]

The company's flagship magazines, World Oil, Hydrocarbon Processing and the Petroleum Economist are published monthly. Gulf Publishing Company is headquartered in Houston, Texas, and has sales staff and columnists around the world, due to expansion efforts by William G. Dudley, Sr. The Petroleum Economist publication staff and Events directorate are based in London, UK.

Since 1916 World Oil has covered the upstream oil and gas industry for conventional, shale, offshore: features exploration and production technology in oil and gas.[3]

Since 1922, Hydrocarbon Processing has provided job-relevant information to technical staff, operations, maintenance and management in petroleum refining, gas processing, petrochemical and engineer/constructor companies throughout the world.[4] Bi-monthly supplement Gas Processing was added in 2012.[5]

Since 1934, the Petroleum Economist has written about oil, its politics and economics - explained some of the industry’s biggest disruptions: such as the 1973 oil crisis, the Gulf Wars, the rise of China, the Arab uprisings, and the more recent supply-side shocks from North America’s unconventional energy sector.[6]

The company formerly published trade books, but spun off the division as TaylorWilson (now part of Taylor Trade) in 2000;[7] sold its professional book list to Elsevier in 2013.[8]


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