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    Exploration and Production Online

    This 8 hour eLearning course describes the life-cycle of the reservoir from formation of the hydrocarbon to how that oil and/or gas is trapped in the reservoir to the exploration process, followed by the reservoir appraisal, development planning and execution of that plan and finally production operations. It is an excellent introduction to the upstream petroleum industry.

    During the course you will learn about:

    • People - the personnel involved in the oil and gas business and their functions;
    • Life-cycle - the various phases of exploration and production;
    • Technologies - the enabling technologies and processes required for successful exploitation of hydrocarbons;
    • The social, environmental and financial aspects of the oil and gas business.

    Pre-course Quizzes A series of pre-course quizzes are available for you to test your knowledge prior to reviewing the eLearning modules. The pre-course quizzes are optional and do not count towards course completion.ExplorationExploration and Geoscience Overview
    • The important of exploration in identifying prospects
    • The meaning of geology and it's using the petroleum industry
    • The meaning of geophysics and it's use in the petroleum industry

    Economic Petroleum Accumulation

    • Elements required for petroleum entrapment
    • Sedimentary basin formation
    • Hydrocarbon generation and migration
    • Trapping configurations
    • Source rocks, reservoir rocks and seals
    • Reservoir properties of porosity and permeability

    Reservoir Prediction

    • Principal methods of exploration and reservoir prediction
    • Geological evidence for certain subsurface reservoirs
    • Gravity and magnetic surveys
    • The seismic method
    • Hydrocarbon indicators on a seismic section

    Exploration Business Processes

    • The main business aspects of petroleum exploration
    • Steps in the exploration decision-making process
    • Basic risk factors in petroleum exploration
    • Types of exploration data acquired or purchased by oil companies
    • How companies acquire the rights to explore in an area
    Reservoir Appraisal and Development PlanningReservoir Engineering Overview
    • Establishing a viable project
    • When to establish project viability
    • Principles of reservoir evaluation
    • Parameters for estimating hydrocarbon reserves
    • Variables in forecasting production rate
    • Data sources used to determine viability

    Reservoir and Recovery Estimation
    • Reserves estimation
    • Methods to determine reserves
    • Three classifications of reserves
    • Reserves and recovery potential
    • Areal extent and formation evaluation methods
    • Coring fluid properties
    • Well testing techniques

    Field Development Planning
    • Planning considerations
    • Revenue and expenditure
    • Economic indicators
    Reservoir DevelopmentDrilling Overview - Personnel and Equipment
    • Identifying various drilling personnel
    • Personnel responsibilities
    • Rig types
    • Considerations for rig selection
    • Drilling rig equipment

    The Well Design Process
    • The general configuration of a well
    • Functions and properties of a drilling fluid
    • Types of drilling fluids
    • Deviated wells

    The Well Construction Process
    • Components of a drill string
    • Directional drilling tools
    • Construction of a well
    • Processes required to complete and produce the well

    Drilling Economics and the AFE
    • Major cost elements in drilling a well
    • Time consuming elements in drilling a well
    • Authorization for Expenditure
    Completion and Production OperationsWell Completion Overview
    • Important parameters required to design an effective well completion
    • Designing flowing and injection well completions
    • Monobore and multilateral completions
    • Intelligent completion systems

    Completion Equipment
    • Packers and tubing
    • Permanent or retrievable packers
    • Tubing and packer forces
    • Wireline guides and sliding sleeves
    • Factors to consider when designing completion equipment

    Specific Completions
    • Engineering parameters for well completion design
    • Production considerations for designing completions
    • Monobore and multilateral completions
    • Intelligent completion

    Perforating Overview
    • Common types of perforating charge
    • Classification of explosives
    • Gun types and characteristics
    • Primary deployment techniques
    • Potential hydrostatic conditions
    • Depth control reference creation
    • Safety and quality control considerations

    Surface Facilities and Production Transportation
    • Produced fluids and products
    • Initial surface separation process
    • Importance of regularly testing development wells
    • Produced fluid separation beyond initial separation
    • Gathering and distributing systems for produced fluids
    Post-course Quizzes

    Anyone needing an introduction to the upstream petroleum industry.  Excellent for anyone with a non-technical background or little to no petroleum industry experience.

    Exploration (1.5 hours run time)

    • Exploration and Geoscience Overview
    • Economic Petroleum Accumulation
    • Reservoir Prediction
    • Exploration Business Processes


    Reservoir Appraisal and Development Planning (1.5 hours run time)

    • Reservoir Engineering Overview
    • Reservoir and Recovery Estimations
    • Field Development Planning


    Reservoir Development (1.5 hours run time)

    • Drilling Overview - Personnel and Equipment
    • The Well Design Process
    • The Well Construction Process
    • Drilling Economics and the AFE


    Production Operations (2 hours run time)

    • Well Completion Overview
    • Completion Equipment
    • Specific Completions
    • Perforating Overview
    • Surface Facilities and Production Transportation


    Challenge Modules (2 hours run time)

    • Exploration Challenge
    • Field Development Planning Challenge
    • Drilling Challenge
    • Completion Challenge



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