MSc Petroleum Geoscience for Reservoir Development and Production / Course details
Year of entry: 2021
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Course unit details:
Reservoir Engineering Fundamentals
|Unit level||FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 2|
|Offered by||Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences|
|Available as a free choice unit?||Yes|
The course is designed to make students aware of the work flows and skills required in the engineering aspects of reservoir appraisal, development and production.
This course unit detail provides the framework for delivery in 20/21 and may be subject to change due to any additional Covid-19 impact. Please see Blackboard / course unit related emails for any further updates.
To introduce the geoscientist to the fundamentals of reservoir and petroleum engineering as they impact reservoir appraisal, development and production. This includes the tools and techniques used to manage reservoirs and to understand the dynamics of an oil or gas field. I covers the approaches used to assess the character of the subsurface reservoir and fluids, together with the pressure and temperature regime of the reservoir. It covers the basics of Reservoir Energy and Recovery Mechanisms, Geological Reservoir Modelling, Reservoir Simulation, and Well Testing.
The aim of the Petroleum Economics course is to show how an oil company can assign monetary value to a possible oil or gas accumulation allowing for uncertainty (in reserves, reservoir properties etc) under royalty-tax or production sharing contracts.
The student will:
- Become familiar with the dynamics of an oil or gas field
- Become familiar with the basics skills and principals of reservoir and petroleum engineering
- Be aware of key datasets their acquisition and use
- Understand hydrocarbon fluid properties, and measurements
- Understand reservoir recovery methods
- Understand reservoir simulation.
- Understand the techniques and approaches used in resource rate and profile estimation for field development and production
â€¢ Introduction, the roles of the geoscientist and petroleum engineer, basic principles and terminology of oil production
â€¢ Rock properties, effective porosity and permeability, relative permeability, capillary pressure data, formation compressibility
â€¢ Understand the basis and significance of hydrocarbon resource estimation classifications Resource Assessment,
â€¢ use of different techniques to calculate the resource / reserve in an oil or gas field including the use and applicability of different data types.
â€¢ Hydrocarbon fluid properties, the nature of hydrocarbons, phase behaviour and PVT analysis, fluid types defined in terms of phase diagrams, reservoir fluid properties, the material balance equation
â€¢ Reservoir recovery mechanisms, primary recovery, secondary recovery, tertiary recovery
â€¢ Well performance prediction, Well testing, Well inflow performance, Artificial lift
â€¢ Reservoir simulation and performance prediction, Analytical models, Simulation models
â€¢ Fundamentals, Principles and Applications of Petroleum Economics as they are applied and used across the Exploration and Production value chain
â€¢ Basic grounding in Petroleum Economics, to assess the value of a prospect and a field Petroleum Economics and Risk Analysis, the value of money, calculate NPV, OPEX and CAPEX, assess the value of a project going forward
100% Examination (each half module)
Dawe; R. (Ed.) 2000. Modern Petroleum Technology, vol I; Wiley.
Towler (2004. Fundamental Principles of Reservoir Engineering; SPE
Jahn, Graham, Cook 1998. Hydrocarbon Exploration & Production; Elsevier
Archer & Wall (1986) Petroleum Engineering: principles and practice. Graham and Trotman Ltd., London
Dake, L.P. 1978. Fundamentals of reservoir engineering; Elsevier.
Papay, J. 2003. Development of Petroleum Reservoirs; Akademiai Kiado, Budapest.
Farina, J. 1984. Geological applications of reservoir engineering tools. AAPG Contin. Edu. Course Notes No. 28.
Chilingar, G.V 1972. Oil and Gas production from Carbonate rocks. Elsevier.
Craft & Hawkins 1959. Applied Petroleum Engineering; Constable & Co. London.
Amy, Bass, Whiting 1960. Petroleum Reservoir Engineering; McGraw-Hill.
Whitson, C. Well Performance Analysis;
SCHLUMBERGER Repeat Formation Tester.
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|Rufus Brunt||Unit coordinator|