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Fundamentals of oil and gas exploration and production (E&P)

21-23 February 2017, London, UK

The continued evolution of exploration and production technologies helps to decrease risk, reduce costs and enhance commerciality of operations in challenging environments and in the face of substantial risks. The E&P industry continues to confront these difficulties in order to replace existing reserves and to find and develop new resources.

Technologies play key roles in constraining costs and enhancing recovery and profitability and ensure the long-term viability of many projects. Knowledge of these technologies and their commercial implications is important for the technical teams, their support staff and the decision-makers that are involved in deploying and investing in E&P projects.

The course involves presentations, videos and case studies from around the world.

Learning outcomes

This course familiarises delegates, avoiding jargon and corporate bias, with the key upstream technologies, processes and facilities applied to find and exploit conventional and unconventional oil and gas resources. It also identifies the risks and opportunities associated with alternatives available.

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Who should attend this course?

This course is designed for a multi-disciplined audience from technical, project, operations and commercial sectors of the oil and gas industry, including both professional and support staff. The skills and industry insight provided are also of value to corporate staff involved in exploration and production.

Why do this course with the EI?

Expand your knowledge and identify new technologies and new commercial opportunities to benefit you and your organisation.

Accrue valuable CPD points to aid career development.

Course content:

Day one – Exploration prior to drilling
•    Resources and reserves: future of exploration and production
•    Basin analysis and modelling to locate prospective play trends
•    Sub-surface characteristics of petroleum systems
•    Reconnaissance with magnetic and gravity surveys
•    Other Remote sensing techniques and geochemical surveys
•    Seismic methods to define prospect location and geometry
•    Advantages of 3D and 4D seismic technologies
•    Direct hydrocarbon indications from seismic attribute data
•    Micro-seismic technologies for shale gas
•     4C seismic exploits shear waves to extract detail
•    Seismic visualisation and 3D immersive environments
•    Controlled-source electromagnetic and magnetotelluric surveys
•    Integrated reservoir modelling, simulation and software options
•    Reservoir drive mechanisms and production decline profiles

Day two – Exploration and development drilling
•     Drilling techniques, equipment and types of wells drilled
•     Types of onshore and offshore drilling rig and well designs
•     Mud systems, pressure control and blow-out preventers (BOPs)
•     Well bore casing, tubing and expandable tubulars
•     Deviated and horizontal drilling
•     Drill bits, geo-steering and bio-steering
•     Side-tracking wells and under-balanced drilling
•     Coiled tubing and multi-lateral drilling
•     Deep-water drilling and sub-sea well technologies
•     Well trajectory planning and measurement while drilling (MWD)
•     Wireline logging and formation testing
•     Roles of contractors, suppliers and materials procurement
•     Incentivised drilling contracts and alliances to share risk
•     Shale gas and coal-bed methane exploitation
•     Unconventional oil sand and bitumen exploitation

Day three – Field development and production
•    Development options, field cycle costs and performance standards
•    Licensing, unitisation and fiscal constraints
•    Processing well fluids to deliver sales quality oil and gas
•    Issues specific to gas fields and natural gas liquids (NGLs) and condensates
•    Development facilities and strategies for onshore fields
•    Fixed  platform options for shallow water offshore fields
•    Floating facilities: tension leg platforms (TLP) and spar platforms
•    Floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) Facilities
•    Integrated sub-sea production infrastructure and technologies
•    Subsea separation, compression and pumping advances
•    High pressure / high temperature field developments
•    Asset integrity issues for aging offshore assets
•    Case studies and videos from North Sea, West Africa and Gulf of Mexico
•    Project managing field developments
•    Artificial lift, pumping options and well completions
•    Stimulating well production: fracture stimulation, acid and chemical washing
•    Flowlines, pipelines and flow assurance
•    Reservoir pressure maintenance and secondary recovery
•    Enhanced oil recovery (EOR) techniques
•    Safety and environmental issues
•    Decommissioning issues and technologies

EI Member £2,300 (£2,760 inc VAT)

Non-member £2,500 (£3,000 inc VAT)

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