MSc in Oil & Gas and Offshore Engineering

Course Information Package

Course Unit CodeMOE500
Course Unit DetailsMSc Engineering Management (Required Courses) - MSc Oil & Gas and Offshore Engineering (Required Courses) -
Number of ECTS credits allocated7
Learning Outcomes of the course unitBy the end of the course, the students should be able to:
  1. Describe the chemistry of combustion and calculate its chemical reaction thermodynamics (Enthalpies, Free Energies) and calorific value.
  2. Understand the basic principles of oil and gas midstream and downstream production facilities, the typical configurations each component of the processing train and basic sizing criteria.
  3. Know the different methods of offshore production such as platform, FPSO, semisubmersible and subsea and have an understanding of the design and operation of subsea and land pipelines.
  4. Understand the principles of gas processing to sales gas specification.
  5. Have an overview of the different offshore structures concepts and their application field and of the basic physical characteristics of the marine environment.
  6. Handle and measure in the field by means of specific oceanographic instruments.
Mode of DeliveryFace-to-face
Recommended optional program componentsNONE
Course Contents

Module A - Introduction to conventional andalternative energy sources

·        Fossil fuels (Coal,Oil, Gas).

·        Nuclear.

·        Renewable energysources (Solar, Wind, Biomass, Geothermal Hydro, Tidal and Wave).

·        Hydrogen and HydrogenFuel Cells.


Module B - Fuelcombustion (Coal, Oil, Gas, Hydrogen)

·        Chemical composition.

·        Complete andincomplete combustion reactions.

·        Enthalpy and freeenergy of reaction.

·        Chemical reactionthermodynamics.

·        Calorific value.

·        Adiabatic flametemperature.

·        Carbon dioxide andcombustion byproducts (NOx, SO2, dust).

·        Exhaust gases, gasemissions and purification.


Module C - Oil& Gas exploration (Onshore and Offshore)

·        Geological surveys.

·        Onshore and offshoreseismology.

·        Magnetometers.

·        Gravimeters.

·        Logging.


Module D - Oil & Gas extraction

·        Crude oil.

·        Natural Gas.


Module E - Oil & Gas processing and production

·        Midstream anddownstream productionfacilities.

·        Typical configurations each component of the processingtrain.

·        Basic sizing criteria.

·        Principles of gas processing to sales gas specification.


Module F – Introduction to Offshore Structures

·        Fixed Structures.

·        Floating Structures.


Module G – Basics on Marine Environment

·        Physicaland chemical properties of sea water.

·        Thesalinity of the oceans.

·        Temperatureof the oceans.

·        Densityof sea water.

·        Oceancurrents.


Module H – Introduction to oceanographic measuring devices and methods

·        Oceanographic measuring instruments. Workingprinciples.

·        Commercial measuring devices.

·        Long term offshore data acquisition.

·        Data link and communications. Data loggers.

·        Data analysis, handling, long-term storage andretrieve.

·        Construction elements for developing simple subseameasuring devices.

Recommended and/or required reading:
  • Martin S. Raymond, “Oil & Gas Production in Nontechnical Language”, PennWell Corp., October 2005.
  • Arthur Hidnay, “Fundamentals of Natural Gas Processing”, Taylor & Francis, 2007.
  • Andreas Poullikkas, “Introduction to Power Generation Technologies”, 2009, Nova Science Publishers, Inc.,
  • L.D. Talley, G.L. Pickard, W.J. Emery, J.H. Swift, “Descriptive Physical Oceanography”, Elsevier, 6th Edition, 2011
  • R. H. Steward: “Introduction to Physical Oceanography”, Department of Oceanography, Texas A&M University.
  • William Leffler, “Petroleum Refining in Nontechnical Language”, PennWell Corp., 4th Edition, Nov 2008.
  • Thomas O. Miesner, “Oil & Gas Pipelines in Nontechnical Language”, PennWell Corp., March 2006.
  • S. McAleese, “Operational Aspects of Oil and Gas Well Testing (Handbook of Petroleum Exploration and Production)”, Elsevier Science, 1st edition, March 2000.
  • Eds. J.J. Myers, C.H. Holm, R. F. McAllister, “Handbook of Ocean and Underwater Engineering”, McGraw-Hill Book Company, New York, 1969.
  • H.O. Berteaux: “Buoy Engineering”, A Wiley-Interscience Publication, John Wiley & Sons, New York, 1976.
  • J. M. Smith, “Introduction to Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics”, Mcgraw Hill Higher Education, 7th edition, Feb 2005.
  • The Mediterranean Moored Multi-sensor Array (M3A): System development and initial results. Annales Geophysicae (2003) 21:75-87. European Geosciences Union 2003.
  • K. Nittis, L. Perivoliotis, G. Korres, C. Tziavos, I. Thanos, “Operational monitoring and forecasting for marine environmental applications in the Aegean Sea”, Progress in Marine Environmental Modeling, Volume 21, Number 2, February 2006, pp. 243-257.
  • C. Tsabaris, I. Thanos, “An underwater sensing system for monitoring radioactivity in the marine environment”, Mediterranean Marine Science Vol. 5/1, 2004, 05-17.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The taught part of course is delivered to the students by means of lectures, conducted with the help of computer presentations. Lecture notes and presentations will be available through the web for students to use in combination with the textbooks.

Lectures will be supplemented by homework assignments and readings. 
Assessment methods and criteria
Midterm Exam30%
Final Exam40%
Language of instructionEnglish
Work placement(s)NO