OIL AND GAS EXPLORATION

SHE Level 5
SCQF Credit Points 15.00
ECTS Credit Points 7.50
Module Code MMH222110
Module Leader Slobodan Mickovski
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject Civil Engineering and Environmental Management
Trimester
  • B (January start)

Summary of Content

This module will explore the fundamental processes involved in oil and gas exploration. Starting with the geological origins of oil and gas reserves, this module will focus on prospecting, surveying, planning, drilling and completion of exploration, with an overview of risk, health and safety, and economics of the explorative process.

Syllabus

An introduction to petroleum geology. Defining and calculating resources and reserves. Assessing exploration chance of success. Reservoir characterisation, performance and engineering. Conventional and non-conventional petroleum resources. Shale gas, tight gas sands and coal bed methane. Shale oil, oil sands and bitumen. Exploration and prospecting: broad surveying techniques. Remote detection methods. Seismic and other geophysical surveying technologies. Exploration and appraisal drilling. Types of borehole and reasons for drilling them. Types of exploration and production contract and fiscal system. Accounting for risk. Health and safety aspects of exploration. Economics of exploration: financing, time value and expected value.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, the student should be able to:1. Develop comprehensive understanding of the origins of the global oil and gas deposits, and the processes associated with oil and gas migration.2. Understand the fundamental principles of different surveying techniques and critically assess their applicability in different situations.3. Understand the drilling and well completion process and participate in a problem solving approach associated with the drilling process.4. Identify, appreciate, and critically appraise the risks involved in the upstream part of the process.5. Develop an appreciation of the fundamental aspects of drilling and exploration contracts, as well as the health and safety aspects of the exploration process.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The module will be delivered using a programme of teaching designed to provide a comprehensive and holistic view of the subject area. There will be a three week block for module delivery where learning content will be delivered through lectures in the first week. Seminars will then be used in the remaining two weeks to present case studies that will encourage the consolidation of knowledge and understanding of key module topics. Guest speakers from the Oil and Gas industry will be invited to deliver specialist topics. Students will be directed to high quality online learning resources and links to these will be embedded within module materials in the Virtual Learning Environment.

Indicative Reading

Ahmed, T.H. Reservoir engineering handbook. Alsharhan, A. S. Sedimentary basins and petroleum geology of the Middle East. Azar, J.J. and Samuel G.R.. Drilling Engineering. Beckmann, H. Geological prospecting of petroleum. Dake, L. P. Fundamentals of reservoir engineering. Devereux, S. Drilling Technology: In Nontechnical Language. Dohr, G. Applied geophysics : introduction to geophysical prospecting / by Gerhard Dohr. Institute of Petroleum. A Code of safe practice for drilling and production in marine areas. Fanchi, J. R. Principles of applied reservoir simulation. Hobson, G.D.Introduction to petroleum geology. Hurst, W. Reservoir engineering and conformal mapping of oil and gas fields. Hyne, Norman J.. Nontechnical guide to petroleum geology, exploration, drilling & production. Ahmed, T.H. Reservoir engineering handbook. Alsharhan, A. S. Sedimentary basins and petroleum geology of the Middle East. Azar, J.J. and Samuel G.R.. Drilling Engineering. Beckmann, H. Geological prospecting of petroleum. Dake, L. P. Fundamentals of reservoir engineering. Devereux, S. Drilling Technology: In Nontechnical Language. Dohr, G. Applied geophysics : introduction to geophysical prospecting / by Gerhard Dohr. Institute of Petroleum. A Code of safe practice for drilling and production in marine areas. Fanchi, J. R. Principles of applied reservoir simulation. Hobson, G.D.Introduction to petroleum geology. Hurst, W. Reservoir engineering and conformal mapping of oil and gas fields. Hyne, Norman J.. Nontechnical guide to petroleum geology, exploration, drilling & production. Leonov, E.G. and Isaev, V.I. Applied Hydroaeromechanics in Oil and Gas Drilling. Lyons, William C. Air and Gas Drilling Manual: Applications for Oil and Gas Recovery Wells and geothermal fluids recovery wells. Lyons, William C. Standard Handbook of Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering. Johnsson, D.E. and Pile, K.E. Well Logging In Nontechnical Language, 2nd Edition. Mayer-Gurr, A. Petroleum engineering. Modern petroleum technology. Volume 1, Upstream. Nguyen, J-P. Drilling: Oil and Gas Field Development Techniques. Rasin Tek, M. (ed) Underground Storage of Natural Gas: Theory and Practice. Short, J.A.Drilling: A source book on oil and gas well drilling from exploration to completion. Journals: Journal of Petroleum Exploration and Production Technology, Springer Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering, Elsevier

Transferrable Skills

There will be a range of transferrable skills developed in this module including graduate attributes to help students become 21st century global citizen equipped with the necessary skills, confidence and experience to achieve their life ambitions. As part of the assessment process, students will be given the opportunity to improve their communication skills through technical report writing and presentations. An ability to listen and present ideas confidently and appropriately will be developed. Students will be required to retrieve information and critically evaluate data showing an ability to work both independently and in teams where appropriate. Throughout the module they will be encouraged to take charge of their learning and career development.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Assessment (FT) 24.00
Lectures (FT) 24.00
Independent Learning (FT) 76.00
Assessment (PT) 24.00
Seminars (PT) 10.00
Lectures (PT) 24.00
Independent Learning (PT) 92.00
Seminars (FT) 20.00
Tutorials (FT) 6.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 1 n/a 50.00 45% Written research report
Coursework 2 n/a 50.00 45% Written technical report