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Introduction to Shale Oil and Gas (UCR01)

    Description

    This course covers the geological setting of shale resources, their global occurrence, methods of assessing the potential reserves, exploitation and environmental challenges.

    Course Level: Intermediate
    Instructor: Julie Richardson

    Designed for you, if you are...

    • A geoscientist with some hydrocarbon exploration experience
    • A petroleum engineer wishing to broaden your understanding of shale resources

    How we build your confidence

    • The format of the course will be structured with a clear timetable of topics to be covered
    • Emphasis will be placed on open discussions and group problem-solving
    • There will be exercises to re-enforce some of the science and calculations covered in tutorials
    • Case studies of existing and potential fields will illustrate how the parameters for successful development come together

    The benefits from attending

    By the end of the course you will feel confident in your understanding of:

    • The definitions of shale oil and shale gas plays
    • The distribution of reserves in USA and worldwide
    • What makes a good shale gas or shale oil reservoir
    • How to calculate in place and recoverable reserves
    • How the oil and gas is extracted
    • The environmental impact of shale oil and shale gas field development
    • The socio-economic factors involved in development

    Topics

    • Detailed case studies of American fields leading to a geological check list for successful plays
    • Principles of the formation of oil and gas and the parameters which impact on the hydrocarbon potential of a source rock
    • Exercises to calculate volumes of oil and gas generated in a source rock
    • Converting generated hydrocarbons to recoverable resources
    • Importance of permeability and porosity in the extraction of hydrocarbons
    • Hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling - the challenges involved
    • Fully interactive discussions about the environmental impact of shale oil and gas fields
    • Methods of mitigation of the impact
    • An examination of the economic viability of potential fields including political considerations


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