MSc in Oil & Gas and Offshore Engineering

Course Information Package

Course Unit TitlePETROLEUM GEOLOGICAL FORMATIONS AND RESERVOIR CHARACTERIZATION
Course Unit CodeMPE530
Course Unit DetailsMSc 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. Understand the importance of reservoir management and reservoir properties.
  2. Familiarize with phase behaviour of hydrocarbon systems and mutli-phase flow of fluids.
  3. Estimate reservoir reserves using volumetric and material balance methods.
  4. Appreciate the importance of reservoir monitoring.
  5. Understand enhanced oil recovery methods, well test analysis and interpretation of production test results.
Mode of DeliveryFace-to-face
PrerequisitesNONECo-requisitesNONE
Recommended optional program componentsNONE
Course Contents -  Introduction to basic principles and techniques for reservoir characterization.
-  Porosity and Darcy’s law. Reservoir rock and fluid properties including compressibility, viscosity, capillary pressures, absolute and relative permeability.
-  Phase behaviour, material balance concepts, multi-phase fluid flow in porous media, flow regimes, steady-state, pseudo-steady-state, transient and radial flow, fluid saturations and wettability, water flooding, fluid coning and water influx.
-  Reservoir types, drive mechanisms of a reservoir, enhanced oil recovery, reservoir monitoring. Prediction and forecasts using geostatistical methods for reservoir modelling and simulation.

Recommended and/or required reading:
Textbooks
  • Slatt, R.M. (2007), Stratigraphic reservoir characterization for petroleum geologists, geophysicists, and engineers, Elsevier Science.
References
  • Selley, R.C. (1998), Elements of Petroleum Geology. 2nd ed. Academic Press, San Diego.
  • Ahmed, T. (2010), Reservoir Engineering Handbook. 4th ed., Oxfor, London.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods The course will be presented through formal lectures in class. The lectures will present to the student the course content and allow time for questions and discussion. Part of the material will be presented using visual aids such as powerpoint slides. The aim is to familiarize the student with the different and faster pace of presentation and also allow the instructor to present related material (videos, slides, photographs etc) that would otherwise be very difficult to do so. Notes shall be taken by the students in class during lectures. In addition, all of the course material will be made available through the class website and also through the university’s own e-learning platform. Finally, the instructor will be available to students during office hours or by appointment in order to provide any necessary tutoring.

Assessment methods and criteria
Mid-term Exam 20%
Project assignment20%
Final Exam60%
Language of instructionEnglish
Work placement(s)NO