MSc in Oil & Gas and Offshore Engineering

Course Information Package

Course Unit CodeMOE507
Course Unit DetailsMSc Engineering Management (Required Courses) - MSc Oil & Gas and Offshore Engineering (Elective Courses) -
Number of ECTS credits allocated7
Learning Outcomes of the course unitBy the end of the course, the students should be able to:
  1. Understand the basic concepts, methodological approaches, and technological components of an Environmental Impact Assessment.
  2. Identify all applicable European Norms, National Codes and Standards concerning the environment and energy systems.
  3. Exhibit knowledge and understanding of the way that an EIA is conducted within the framework of the energy sector in Cyprus and in the EU.
  4. Effectively participate in EIA teams for either off-shore or land-based oil & gas exploration and processing systems
  5. Monitor the terms and conditions dictated in an EIA.
  6. Participate in teams that implement Emergency Response Plans (as these are elaborated in an EIA).
Mode of DeliveryFace-to-face
Recommended optional program componentsNONE
Course Contents

Module A - Environmental Legislation & EIA LegalProcedures

·    Laws and RegulatoryFrameworks for Environmental Impact Assessment

o   EuropeanUnion Directives.

o   NationalLaws and Standards.

·    Environmental ImpactAssessment Process in the European / Cyprus Context.

·    Roles andResponsibilities of Groups Involved in the EIA System.


Module B - Basic Concepts & Methodological Approaches

·    Basic concept of EIA:Initial environmental Examination.

·    Elements of EIA.

·    Factors affecting EIAImpact evaluation and analysis.

·     Preparation of Environmental Base map.

·    Classification ofenvironmental parameters.

·    EIA Methodologies:introduction.

·    Criteria for theselection of EIA Methodology.

·    EIA Methods

o   predictivemethods.

o   environmentalrisk assessment.

o   economicmethods.


Module C - Technical Components of Environmental ImpactAssessment

·    Basic conceptspertaining to an EIA for:

o   MarineEnvironment (i.e. coastal, offshore).

o   TerrestrialEnvironment (i.e. soil, water).

o   Air.

o   Faunaand Flora (marine / terrestrial).

·    Impact prediction.

·    Assessment of Impactsignificance.


Module DMitigation measures

·      Identification and Incorporation ofmitigation measures in EIA.

·    Emergency ResponsePlan.

o   Casestudies.

·    Health and safetymeasures.

Recommended and/or required reading:
  • J. Glasson, R. Therivel, and A. Chadwick. Introduction To Environmental Impact Assessment. Routledge; 3rd edition, 2005.
  • M. Lee. EU Environmental Law: Challenges, Change and Decision-Making. Hart Publishing, 2005.
  • E&P Forum/UNEP. Environmental management in oil and gas exploration and production. Technical Report 37, 75 pp., 1997.
  • Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism. Republic of Cyprus. Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) Concerning Hydrocarbon Activities within the Exclusive Economic Zone of the Republic of Cyprus. 15 November 2008.
  • Leonard Ortolano. Environmental Regulation and Impact Assessment. New York: John Wiley, 1997.
  • Larry W. Canter, McGraw-Hill Pub. Environmental Impact Assessment. 1995.
  • European Commission Environment: Environmental Impact Assessment.
  • European Commission Environment: Energy and environment. http://ec.europa. eu/environment/integration/energy/index_en.htm.
Planned learning activities and teaching methodsThe taught part of course is delivered to the students by means of lectures, conducted with the help of computer presentations. Lecture notes and presentations are available through the web for students to use in combination with the textbooks.
Assessment methods and criteria
Language of instructionEnglish
Work placement(s)NO