leaders training center

Oil Field Exploration and Evaluation

Course outline
Participants will be exposed to the basic concepts of acreage management, exploration geology, petroleum geophysics, rotary drilling, and economics and risk assessment:
· Acreage acquisition and legal aspects
· How exploration groups are put together (joint ventures, floats, operators, non-operators)
· How companies acquire exploration acreage (permits, gazettals, open acreage, bidding, work programs, farmins, joint ventures)
· Legal obligations and moral responsibilities (legislation, environmental controls)

Petroleum geology
· Why companies explore where they do (rock types and properties, geological models, prospectivity)
· Where oil and gas come from (source, seal, reservoir, generation, migration, trapping mechanisms)
· How oil and gas fields are found (basin analysis, regional studies, play concepts, prospect generation)

Petroleum geophysics
· How explorers determine what it looks like below the surface of the earth (remote sensing)
· How seismic works (acquisition, processing, 2D and 3D surveys)
· What seismic tells us (interpretation, mapping, hydrocarbon indicators)

Exploration drilling
· Types of drilling rigs (land rigs, jackups, drill ships, semi-submersibles)
· How rotary wells are drilled (hoisting, rotating, circulation, control)
· Information obtained from wells (cuttings, cores, logs, well seismic)
· What happens after the well is drilled (abandon, suspend, test)