Course Content (Syllabus)
Formation of sedimentary basins, sedimentation in basins, diagenesis and characteristics of sedimentary rocks, formation of oilfields, pore pressure and stress conditions through the geological column. The principles of the petroleum system comprising hydrocarbon play concept, source rocks, maturation, migration, reservoirs, traps, and seals. Outline of exploration and production techniques in the petroleum industry. The principles related to evaluating potential reservoirs and the environmental and economical impact of the utilization of hydrocarbon resources. The course covers mechanical and chemical compaction, cap rocks (shales and salt) – overpressure, fluid flow in porous media, petrophysics (well logs and cores), stress conditions in reservoirs, reservoir models, production geology, sandstone reservoirs, carbonate reservoirs and case studies. The course covers the fundamentals of petroleum systems analysis and its use in hydrocarbon exploration. The module includes basic organic geochemistry, concepts and examples of petroleum systems, and petroleum source rocks. Description of the drilling operation, complete review of surface equipment, practical aspects of hydrocarbon production, health, environment, safety and quality control.