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Postgraduate Course: Hydrocarbons (EASC11004)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Geosciences CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThe knowledge and techniques developed during the exploration for hydrocarbon resources can be applied to other GeoEnergy technologies: geological carbon storage; and underground hydrogen and other energy storage. This course explores both the nature of the subsurface from a viewpoint of exploiting resources, and the techniques and technologies used to locate and develop these resources.

The course also bridges the gap between geology and geophysics. The course covers the application of geophysical techniques to exploration and other subsurface problems; and the basic principles of petroleum geology, subsurface fluids & wireline logging in lectures and accompanying practical classes.
Course description W1:
Thursday PM Lecture: Introduction to course; petroleum systems; unconventional hydrocarbon resources; future uses of the subsurface (CCS; energy storage) (MW)
(no practical class this week)
Friday PM Lecture: Introduction to seismic reflection interpretation 1 (MC)

(no lecture or practical class this week)
Friday PM Lecture: Introduction to seismic reflection interpretation 2 (MC)

Thursday PM Lecture: Subsurface fluids: water, origin of oil and gas; capturing CO2; generating H2 (MW)
Friday AM Practical: Estimating resources: how much is down there? (MW)
Friday PM Lecture: Introduction to seismic reflection interpretation 3 (MC)

Thursday PM Lecture: Migration, seals and leakage (MW)
Friday AM Practical: Calculation of burial and maturation using PetroMod basin modelling software (MW)

Thursday PM Lecture: Reservoirs, traps and pressure (MW)
Friday AM Practical: CO2 storage estimate (non-Monte-Carlo)

Thursday PM Lecture: Drilling and wireline logs (MW)
Friday AM Practical: Wireline log interpretation (MW)

Thursday PM Lecture: Introduction to Southern North Sea plays (MW)
Friday AM Practical: Core logging JCMB Room 6307.

Thursday PM Lecture: Introduction to Northern North Sea plays (MW)
Friday AM Practical: Digital seismic interpretation: Southern North Sea (MW).
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Not available to students who have taken Petroleum Systems.
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  20
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 10, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 12, Summative Assessment Hours 10, Other Study Hours 66, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 0 )
Additional Information (Learning and Teaching) Self-Directed Studying
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Coursework: 100%
Exam 0 %

The course is assessed by a single essay. The topic will be announced to allow 2 weeks for completion. Maximum length 4000 words. This includes all text, diagrams and/or tables plus captions but references are not included in the word count. Should have the title and brief summary at the beginning, suggested length 50 - 100 words for the latter.

Monday 7th November, 12 noon.
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Draw on a broad and integrated knowledge of the basic principles and industrial applications of petroleum geochemistry, subsurface fluids, and wireline well logging.
  2. Display detailed knowledge of the plays in the Northern and Southern North Sea.
  3. Understand how these techniques and knowledge can be applied to GeoEnergy technologies including Geological Carbon Storage.
  4. Understand the principles of interpretation of the main logging devices used in the hydrocarbon industry.
Reading List
(*, ** indicate usefulness)

** Selley RC (1998) Elements of Petroleum Geology, 2nd ed. Academic Press

* Gluyas JG & Swarbrick R (2004) Petroleum Geoscience. Blackwell.
ISBN 0632 03767 9. Good for integration of geology and geophysics applied to hydrocarbon exploration and production

* Glennie KW (1998) Introduction to the Petroleum Geology of the North Sea. 4th ed. Blackwell Science

Note there are several versions of this book from c. 1984 to present. Most of the paper copies in the library are older editions. For this course they are probably fine, the geology doesn't change very fast, though data about individual oil and gas fields may be out of date.

* Kearey P, Brooks M and Hill, I. (2003) An Introduction to Geophysical Exploration. Blackwell. ISBN 0 632 04929 4. Good for seismic reflection, magnetics & gravity.

Also refer to:
- Rider M (1996) The geological interpretation of well logs, 2nd ed. Whittles Publishing, Caithness. ISBN 1 870325 36 2
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Practical classes encourage data analysis and synthesis of a wide range of geoscience topics.
KeywordsHydrocarbons,Oil industry,Natural gas,Carbon Capture and Storage,Wireline logs
Course organiserDr Mark Wilkinson
Tel: (0131 6)50 5943
Course secretaryMrs Lauren Blackman
Tel: (0131 6)50 2624
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