Petroleum Geology

Course Information
CodeGMO 760Ε
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter
CoordinatorAndreas Georgakopoulos
Course ID40001848

Class Information
Academic Year2018 – 2019
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours2
Class ID
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
The course is aimed at new geosciences graduates wanting to gain a broad and applied technical background that prepares them for a professional career as a petroleum geoscientist. Earth science graduates are in great demand within the petroleum industry. This situation will continue as the exploration and exploitation of hydrocarbons will require a supply of well-trained geoscientists. This course aims to build upon some of the fundamental geology and apply this knowledge in an understanding of petroleum geology and geophysics. After completing this course the students should be able to summarize the earth’s geological history and describe the relationship between petroleum resources and geology. Furthermore they should be able to describe the equipment and methods used for testing wells and delineating the extent of reservoirs. On the basis of reservoir conditions or geological information be able to justify the choice of well trajectory and well target for exploration, production and injection wells. Introduction to software packages for seismic interpretation, drilling procedures etc
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Work in an international context
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.
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Multimedia
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