2 DaysIntroduction to the Oil & Gas Industry

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Course Objectives

This wide-ranging and practical industry overview covers each key phase of the exploration and production industry. It offers oil and gas professionals the opportunity to gain a technical and commercial understanding of the industry fundamentals.

What you will learn

  • The scientific origins of oil and gas
  • The commercial issues underpinning hydrocarbon exploration and development
  • The role of government and its agencies
  • Oil and gas terminology
  • The technological process of exploration
  • The technological process of drilling
  • The technological process of production
  • The challenges of decommissioning

Who Should Attend?

This course is extremely popular with personnel from all sectors of the oil and gas industry – government agencies, authorities, operators, contractors and service companies. It is especially valuable for newcomers to the industry and non-technical personnel working in areas like HR, finance, IT, contracts and administration who feel they could benefit from gaining a wider appreciation of the “big picture”.

Companion courses

This course combines effectively with Exploration and production accounting – Level 1, especially for finance personnel who are new to the oil and gas industry. If you attend both courses at the same venue during the same week, you will be entitled to a 10% discount from the combined course fee.

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Course Content Summary

Petroleum geology - the origins of hydrocarbons

  • The formation of petroleum
  • Oil and gas reservoirs
  • Reservoir rock and fluid properties


World energy supply and demand

  • Oil and gas supply and demand
  • Classification of reserves
  • Oil pricing and market issues
  • Non conventional oil, gas and renewables


Ownership and exploitation of reserves

  • Licensing/concessions
  • Joint-venture agreements
  • Production-sharing contracts


Exploration and appraisal

  • Geological and commercial factors necessary for successful exploration and appraisal
  • Seismic surveys



  • Drilling rigs
  • Equipment and processes involved in drilling a well
  • Completing a well and preparing it for production
  • Horizontal drilling
  • Well workover operations


Field development

  • Onshore/offshore developments
  • Shallow/deep water developments
  • Gas field developments
  • Aspects of well and facilities design

Petroleum economics

  • Field development decision-making
  • Key economic indicators and their uses


Health, safety and the environment

  • Safety
  • The environment


Petroleum production and treatment

  • Reservoir production mechanisms
  • Artificial lift systems
  • Well stimulation - fracturing, acidising and sand control
  • Production and treatment of reservoir fluids
  • Processing the production from oil and gas fields


Maintenance and logistics

  • Well and facility maintenance
  • Reliability-centred maintenance
  • Corrosion and how it is controlled
  • Transportation of personnel and materials



  • Possible decommissioning solutions
  • Scope of decommissioning obligations


Future issues and challenges

  • Meeting future energy demand
  • Environmental sustainability
  • Security of supply

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Location Duration Dates Cost (GBP) Venue  
Rio de Janeiro 2 days 03.11.14 - 04.11.14 £1,690.00 TBC Enquire Now
Dar es Salaam 2 days 10.11.14 - 11.11.14 £1,690.00 DoubleTree by Hilton Enquire Now
London 2 days 24.11.14 - 25.11.14 £1,690.00 + vat = £2,028.00 etc.venues - Paddington Book Now

"I really enjoyed the course; Gerry makes a potentially dry course, entertaining. The exercises are excellent. They break up the listening and are a great learning opportunity"

Matt Burgess - SWE

"Provided insight into operational activities that directly link to the transactional activities I'm involved in - therefore extremely beneficial!"

Marcela Perez - Santos

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