Course Overview

This wide-ranging and practical industry overview covers each key phase of the exploration and production industry. It offers oil and gas professionals the opportunity to gain a technical and commercial understanding of the industry fundamentals.

The intention of this course is to bring the E&P industry to undergraduates and non-technical and technical graduate in order to promote and attract high caliber personnel to the industry as well as help those within the industry have a deeper understanding of the overall business.

Course Objectives

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • The scientific origins of oil and gas
  • The commercial issues underpinning hydrocarbon exploration and development
  • The role of government and its agencies
  • Oil and gas terminology
  • The technical process of exploration
  • The technical process of drilling
  • The technical process of production
  • The challenges of decommissioning

Who Should Attend

This course is extremely popular with personnel from all sectors of the oil and gas industry – government agencies, authorities, operators, contractors and service companies. It is especially valuable for newcomers to the industry and non-technical personnel working in areas like HR, finance, IT, contracts and administration who feel they could benefit from gaining a wider appreciation of the “big picture”.

Course Content

Module (1) Petroleum geology – the origins of hydrocarbons

1.1     The formation of petroleum

1.2     Oil and gas reservoirs

1.3     Reservoir rock and fluid properties

Module (2) World energy supply and demand

2.1     Oil and gas supply and demand

2.2     Classification of reserves

2.3     Oil pricing and market issues

2.4     Non conventional oil, gas and renewables

Module (3) Ownership and exploitation of reserves

3.1     Licensing/concessions

3.2     Joint-venture agreements

3.3     Production-sharing contracts

Module (4) Exploration and appraisal

4.1     Geological and commercial factors necessary for successful exploration and appraisal

4.2     Seismic surveys

Module (5) Drilling

5.1     Drilling rigs

5.2     Equipment and processes involved in drilling a well

5.3     Completing a well and preparing it for production

5.4     Horizontal drilling

5.5     Well workover operations

Module (6) Field development

6.1     Onshore/offshore developments

6.2     Shallow/deep water developments

6.3     Gas field developments

6.4     Aspects of well and facilities design

Module (7) Petroleum economics

7.1     Field development decision-making

7.2     Key economic indicators and their uses

Module (8) Health, Safety, and the environment

8.1     Safety

8.2     The environment

Module (9) Petroleum production and treatment

9.1     Reservoir production mechanisms

9.2     Artificial lift systems

9.3     Well stimulation – fracturing, acidising and sand control

9.4     Production and treatment of reservoir fluids

9.5     Processing the production from oil and gas fields

Module (10) Maintenance and Logistics

10.1    Well and facility maintenance

10.2    Reliability-centered maintenance

10.3    Corrosion and how it is controlled

10.4    Transportation of personnel and materials

Module (11) Decommissioning

11.1     Possible decommissioning solutions

11.2     Scope of decommissioning obligations

Module (12) Future issues and challenges

12.1     Meeting future energy demand

12.2     Environmental sustainability

12.3     Security of supply