Exploration & Production Overview


Who should attend?

  • This training aims to give a complete overview of the main activities of Exploration & Production through its global process, by going through the key stages of the valorization of a hydrocarbon field. You will discover the fundamentals and vocabulary of Exploration & Production techniques: geosciences, reservoir engineering (enhanced recovery, unconventional resources, CO2 capture and storage), drilling, completion, production, projects, decision-making process, economic aspects and patrimonial contracts.
Public :
  • All professionals in contact with the oil industry: directors, ministries, executives, technicians, support trades... wishing to acquire the basic knowledge of oil exploration & production techniques and the associated vocabulary in order to interact effectively with specialists in different disciplines.

Level :Awareness

Prerequisite :
  • No pre-requisistes are necessary to follow this course.

Course Content


      • Introduction to the energy business: energy resources; energy demand and supply.
      • Scope of the Oil & Gas industry:
      • Context: producer and consumer countries; national/ independent/ international oil companies; services companies; international organizations.
      • Risks related to the Oil & Gas industry.

      • Introduction to petroleum geology:
      • Geodynamics of the earth. Sedimentary basins. Structural deformations (folds & faults).
      • Clastic and carbonate depositional environments and reservoirs.
      • Elements and processes of the petroleum system (source, reservoir, seal, traps).
      • Subsurface models, inputs data and concepts:
      • Seismic data gathering, processing and interpretation.
      • Well data acquisition and analysis.
      • Formation evaluation and sampling (logs and cores).
      • Reservoir characterization and modeling:
      • Data integration; introduction to reservoir modeling.
      • Management of subsurface uncertainties.
      • Volumetrics (in-place hydrocarbon estimation).
      • Subsurface Development Options: reservoir engineering:
      • Field development planning.
      • Drainage mechanisms: introduction to EOR and storage.
      • Different types of reservoir effluents and their behavior.
      • Unconventional resources:
      • Introduction to unconventional developments.
      • Non-conventional resources and their extraction techniques.
      • Environmental aspects.

      • Drilling:
      • Main functions of drilling rigs: lifting, rotating, pumping, power and safety.
      • Types of drilling rigs.
      • Well architecture.
      • Well construction.
      • Drilling equipment: bits, drilling string, drilling fluids...
      • Drilling techniques: casing, cementing, directional drilling, well testing, instrumentation.
      • Well control - BOPs (safety devices: wellheads in drilling).
      • Sampling: measurements during drilling (LWD), coring, mud-logging and wireline, fluid sampling.
      • Specificities of offshore equipment.
      • Well completion:
      • Reservoir/wellbore interface; basics of well performance; stimulation; artificial lift techniques.
      • Well equipment and well intervention.
      • Field architecture:
      • Surface development options; study of various existing fields.
      • Case of offshore developments.
      • Surface facilities:
      • Well effluent gathering network.
      • Oil, gas and water processing.
      • Metering, storage and export.
      • Oil & Gas transport through pipelines and tankers.
      • Offshore installations: from shallow water to deep offshore technology.
      • HSE in field development:
      • Main hazards in hydrocarbon exploration & production operations.
      • Overview of safety engineering and environmental impact assessment studies throughout Oil & Gas project life cycle.

      • Legal framework in E&P: oil contracts and principle of the oil rent sharing.
      • Project profitability evaluation:
      • Oil & Gas project economics and financial performance indicators.
      • Reserve evaluation. Impact of subsurface uncertainty on project economics.
      • Field development process:
      • Decision making process: preliminary studies. Conceptual studies. Pre-project studies.
      • Execution phases: basic engineering or FEED. Detailed engineering. Procurement. Construction. Commissioning.
      • Technical service contracts.
      • Project control:
      • Scheduling and planning control.
      • Cost estimation and control.
      • Decommissioning.

Learning Objectives

  • Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:
  • explain the various phases of Oil & Gas development projects,
  • identify the contribution of all experts and technologies involved through a field development project,
  • understand the E&P value chain from prospect to market and associated contractual framework,
  • describe techniques involved in field development in order to efficiently interact with technical teams.

Ways & Means

  • Highly interactive course delivered by experts of the E&P industry.
  • Numerous examples and feedbacks from the industry. Numerous videos and animations.
To French entities : IFP Training is referenced to DataDock ; you may contact your OPCO about potential funding.
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