training specialists to the upstream oil and gas industry

Introduction to Hydrocarbons - An overview of Oil and Gas

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Course overview

It is highly desirable that non-technical or new operational personnel working in the petroleum industry or in related activities acquire a practical basic understanding of the petroleum industry in an interesting and effective manner. This course conveys this in an integrated fashion by exploring the multidiscipline aspects of oil and gas exploration, reservoir fundamentals, drilling and completion of oil and gas wells and production of hydrocarbons. The course provides a basic introduction to the industry that can be used as part of a new employee orientation program. The course also provides a non-technical review of upstream (exploration and production), midstream (gas processing and transportation) and downstream (refining and marketing) operations. Further, the course comprehensively covers the oil and gas supply chains from exploration through field development, valuation and risk, production, processing and refining, transportation, marketing, contracts and logistics.

The course is designed for

The course will benefit personnel from a large range of technical, non-technical and commercial backgrounds with varying levels of experience. For example, new industry entrants and those with expertise in one area wishing to gain a broader perspective of all industry sectors will be provided with a concise knowledge base. It also provides a valuable industry overview for those employed by financial, commercial, legal, insurance, governmental, service, supply and advisory organizations who require an informed introduction to the economic and commercial background and general trends within the oil and gas industry, and those requiring an understanding of the oil, gas and energy value chain.

Learning objectives

Overall, the participants will gain an appreciation and awareness of the principal activities and inter-relations in the international upstream and downstream petroleum industry, and an understanding of the impact of external influences and how the industry is adapting to increase its competitiveness and meet new challenges. Upon the successful completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify where petroleum originated; how and where it accumulated
  • Understand exploration and production techniques and their associated risks
  • Gain insight to petroleum economic, fiscal and project planning issues
  • Become aware of development, transport and market options for oil and gas
  • Recognize the ability of refining processes to balance product market demand

Course outline

For more information on this course please contact us.

Midstream Industry

Natural gas processing
Waterborne movements of oil and gas
Pipeline transportation of oil and gas
Product shipments
Global gas trading, gas-to-power, LNG and CNG
Gas supply contracts, distribution networks & markets

Downstream Industry

Range of crude oil compositions and refined products
Refined products
Refinery operations
Refinery complexity
Refined product marketing
Fractionation and blending
Refinery management and optimization operations
Refinery economics, gross product worth, net profit margins
Pipelines, marine transportation and costs
Petrochemical industries – trends and forecasts
Heavy oil technologies and economics

Introduction to Petroleum Industry

Overview of oil and gas origins
The nature of crude oil and natural gas
Oil and gas in energy supply and demand
Descriptions of the distinct oil and gas supply chains
Oil and gas operations overview
Upstream production, reserves and price trends
Petroleum product consumption trends
Supply, demand licensing and bidding

Introduction to Petroleum Industry

Petroleum geology
Exploration technology
Seismic InterpretationDrilling operations
Drive mechanisms
Surface facilities
Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR)
Applying exploration and production technologies
Offshore operations
Onshore operations
Sub-surface and above-ground risks and opportunities
Economic evaluation of field developments
Project planning and managing field developments
Upstream fiscal terms, contractual and project finance
Costs, timing, efficiency and benchmarking the industry
Project planning and managing field developments
Project management and delivery
Commissioning and Troubleshooting


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