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Unconventional Oil

3 days ENE/UCO
Level
Foundation
Audience
  • Producers, refiners, contractors and other actors related to the unconventional oil projects (banks, insurance and consulting companies).
Purpose
  • To notice the different opportunities and challenges of unconventional oil production.
Learning Objectives
  • Upon completion of the course, the participants will be able to:
  • explain the exploration and production technics of unconventional oil,
  • locate the unconventional oil supply and to estimate its production costs,
  • interpret the impact of unconventional oil on crude prices,
  • describe the upgrading issues (location and syncrude properties) and environmental constraints,
  • identify the financing specificities of an unconventional oil project.
Prerequisite
  • No prerequisites for this course.
Ways and means
  • Game on the unconventional Exploration & Production fundamentals.
  • Exercise on crude pricing and refining margin.
  • Unconventional oil project analysis: cost differential and production techniques.
  • Debates on the industrial, environmental and economic stakes of the unconventional oil sector.

EXPLORATION & PRODUCTION OF UNCONVENTIONAL OIL 1 day
  • Conventional and unconventional oil: definition and characteristics.
  • Focus on unconventional resources: shale oil/light tight oil, oil shale/kerogen oil, extra heavy oil, bitumen (tar sands).
  • Exploration and Production technics (geophysics, drilling, fluid injection, mining processes, etc.).
UNCONVENTIONAL OIL SUPPLY & TREATMENT 1 day
  • Unconventional production at the global scale.
  • Oil treatment and upgrading technics.
  • Transportation.
  • Review of the projects and potential production areas: production costs and main players.
UNCONVENTIONAL OIL PRODUCTION CHALLENGES 1 day
  • High production cost and continuous investment.
  • Fiscal terms.
  • Environmental risks and constraints (water treatment, landscape degradation, etc.).
  • Upgrading issues and impacts on the downstream sector: location (in-situ, consumption areas), syncrude quality.
  • Contribution of unconventional oil to the oil supply.
  • Strategy of the Oil & Gas companies.
2017 course calendar
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Apr 19 - 21 Rueil €2,540 Online