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Introduction to the Oil & Gas Industry (INT04)


    This basic course provides a comprehensive overview of the upstream and downstream sectors of the petroleum industry.
    Topics covered include formation and trapping of petroleum, geological and geophysical exploration methods, drilling, formation evaluation, reservoir engineering and production engineering. Refining, gas processing and the petrochemical industries are included. The economic and HSE aspects of the industry are considered throughout the course. An overview of the OPEC organisation and supply-demand trends are discussed. The status of the oil industry in the world in line with the energy transition is emphasised and the roles of the new disciplines that would be required in the future such as CO2 sequestration, geothermal, geomechanics etc are introduced.

    Course Level: Foundation
    Duration: 5 days
    Instructor: Jorge S. Gomes

    Designed for you, if you are...

    • A non-specialist in the oil & gas industry
    • An HR, finance or administrative person working for or liaising with oil & gas organisations

    The course assumes that you have no prior knowledge of oil and gas activities.

    How we build your confidence

    In this course you have the opportunity to do an extended class exercise, covering the activities from Exploration, Appraisal and Field Development. You will get a budget for seismic and exploration wells and will develop your own prospects, drill exploration and appraisal wells, and perform the reservoir evaluation from the acquired data (OH logs, pressure data etc.).

    In addition to the course manual, you will receive the textbook `The Universe of the Oil and Gas Industry from Exploration to Refining: An Integrated Overview for Industry and Academia`, a reference guide to the oil and gas industry.

    The benefits from attending

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

    • How hydrocarbons were generated, trapped and formed hydrocarbon reservoirs
    • The various geological and geophysical exploration methods
    • All engineering and development aspects of the industry
    • The role and contribution of the various disciplines in petroleum development and production projects
    • Their principal objectives and some key challenges facing most sectors of the petroleum industry
    • The meaning of common petroleum industry vocabulary with the use of diagrams as appropriate
    • Applying your knowledge and problem solving skills to industry-related exercises, such as the calculation of original hydrocarbons in place
    • The role of experts in geoscience and petroleum and reservoir engineering in addressing the future challenges during the energy transition. How these professionals can be part of the solution to mitigate the climate changes (Implementation of CO2 sequestration projects)?


    • Petroleum origins and accumulation
    • Petroleum exploration contracts and regulations
    • Reservoir performance
    • Drilling
    • Formation evaluation
    • Well completions
    • Field appraisal and development
    • Artificial lift
    • Surface facilities
    • Natural gas refining and petrochemicals
    • Petroleum marketing
    • Health, safety and environment
    • CO2 Sequestration
    • Role of oil & gas professionals in the future energy transition

    Customer Feedback

    "Very comprehensive overview, instructor masters brilliantly the course delivery" - Manager at OMV Petrom

    "Detailed process descriptions & analogies with real-life situations" - Business Analyst at OMV

    "The course is understandable irrespective of the profession or level, this course is very valuable for me." - Analyst at NIS Petrol



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