Understanding Oil and Gas Exploration and Production

Accelerate your performance with a superior understanding of the E&P process from discovery through to production

Attend this three-day programme to:

  • Discover the origin of oil and gas
  • Discuss basic geology in relation to oil and gas reservoirs
  • Explain reservoir fluid and rock properties
  • Review the basics of seismic technology
  • Describe reservoir definition and development; production and recovery
  • Explain the fundamentals of drilling, well completions and production operations
  • Examine the difference between exploration, appraisal and development wells
  • Illustrate the basic concepts of primary and enhanced recovery operations
  • Explain surface operations
  • Understand the terminology of exploration and production – the language of the oil field
  • Explore the global oil and gas industry to date
  • Examine midstream activities – Gas treatment, processing and transportation
  • Understand the petroleum refining process
  • Explore the new Innovations in E&P

What is the programme about?

The discovery and development of oil and gas and transportation, processing and marketing remain crucial to the world economy and play a key role both for producers and consumers. The industry consists of a series of stages, which collectively create the industry’s ability to add value. Each stage has its own technology and engineering, its own economic dimensions and its own current issues of importance. Understanding all the elements of these stages is crucial to making an effective contribution to your business performance.

This practical hands-on programme will use exercises, industry examples and groups discussion at each stage of the course to ensure a comprehensive understanding of the whole process. It will enable participants to understand the technical processes and the challenges and opportunities they present.

This course is designed for all non technical personnel, investors, bankers, businessmen, new engineers, secretarial, administrative, management, field support, accounting, purchasing, economics, legal, finance, human resources, and those interested in obtaining a general understanding of the petroleum industry.

  • All non technical personnel
  • Investors and Bankers
  • Businessmen
  • New Engineers
  • Management, Administrative and Secretarial
  • Field support
  • Accounting and Purchasing
  • Economics
  • Legal and Finance
  • Human Resources
  • Those interested in obtaining a general understanding of the petroleum industry



  • Introduction to E&P Industry
  • The Changing Dynamics of the Industry


  • Introduction
  • Rock Classification
  • Geologic Processes
  • Petroleum Geology

The Petroleum Industry

  • History
  • Development
  • Technology
  • Politics (OPEC etc)
  • Operator (Majors & Super Majors, Independents)
  • Drilling Contractors and Service Companies (Majors and Independents)
  • The People (Geologists, Geophysicists, Engineers and Technicians)


  • Introduction and Historical Background
  • Data acquisition (Surface and Geophysical surveys, Exploratory drilling, Processing)
  • Data Integration and Interpretation (Cross sections, maps and 3D Seismic Displays)
  • Seismictechnlogy
  • The Exploration Cycle

Oilfield Leases

  • Introduction
  • Acquisition (Marginal Fields)
  • Business Arrangements (Joint Ventures etc)




  • History of Drilling
  • Types of Drilling Rigs
  • The Rotary Drilling System (Hoisting System
  • The Rotating System
  • Bits
  • The Fluid Circulating system
  • The Power system

Drilling Operations

  • The Drilling Contract
  • Drilling Procedure (Drilling, Casing, Cementing)
  • Drilling Personnel (Drilling supervisor
  • Tool Pusher
  • Driller
  • Roughneck
  • Derrickman
  • Roustabout
  • Mud man

Special Drilling Operations

  • Lost circulation
  • Underbalanced Drilling
  • High Pressured Zones
  • Fishing
  • Coring
  • Drill Stem Testing
  • Directional Drilling
  • Horizontal Drilling
  • Multilateral Drilling

Formation Evaluation

Wireline Logging 
(Open / Cased Hole)




  • Cased/Open Hole
  • Slotted Liners
  • Sand Control
  • Well Stimulation (Acidizing and Fracturing)
  • Flowing the well

Production and Reserves

  • Production Monitoring
  • Sub surface Operations (Drive Mechanisms)
  • Artificial Lift (Enhanced Recovery Methods)
  • Sub Surface Production Problems and Solutions
  • Surface Production Facilities (Treatment methods, Water disposal)

Transportation and Storage

  • Pipelines
  • Barges
  • Tankers
  • Storage Tanks
  • FPSOs

New Innovations in E&P

  • New exploration innovation
  • Innovations in offshore production

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