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Upstream Production for Oil and Gas

This introduction to the upstream sector of the petroleum industry introduces you to principles, definitions, and concepts regarding how production drilling and reservoir engineering activities bring oil and gas to the surface. The course also covers how the surface facilities and midstream transportation activities operate just ahead of the sales transaction point. You will learn about risks, technologies, investment decisions and operations in one of the world’s most important industries.

With more than 4.5 hours of online, recorded instruction, you get the same in-depth, top-notch learning experience that EMI’s in-person classes are known for. Plus you have the advantage of accessing your course anytime, anywhere.

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Learn about: Managing field development risk and the economic decisions of production; how geologists and engineers estimate the size of the discovery; how the industry develops a field for production; what techniques are used to optimize recovery from the reservoir over its lifetime; what processing is done to oil and gas at surface facilities; and finally how the product (oil, gas, condensate) is transported.

Topics covered include:

  • Field development decisions and drilling technology (reservoir simulation, risk integration decision modeling, vertical vs. directional wells, hydrofracturing, deepwater drilling).
  • Reservoir engineering (field management principles – oil vs. gas reservoirs, waterflooding, CO2 enhanced oil recovery, heavy oil steamflooding, natural gas and condensate processing).
  • Transportation (pipelines, marine vessels, rail options, liquefied natural gas – LNG).

Special focus on:

  • Drilling and how a well is planned.
  • Vertical vs. directional vs. horizontal drilling choices.
  • What are the key issues in determining how a field is developed.
  • Reservoir engineering considerations to optimize recovery.
  • Special techniques to recover more oil, i.e., waterflooding, miscible gas injection, polymer-surfactant injection and thermal processes.
  • Surface facilities processing techniques and transport modes.

The course leads attendees through eight sessions of material covering field development decisions, reservoir engineering simulation modeling, and production to the sales transaction point. Key terminologies and concepts are developed using numerous examples. Attendees will learn fundamental petroleum field development and drilling / production principles including enhanced oil recovery methods. The differences between onshore and offshore activities as well as conventional versus unconventional resources are reviewed.

SCORM compliant. Available across all platforms (desktop, tablet and mobile).

EMI online learning programs provide immediate access to instructor-narrated courses on a wide variety of industry topics. Most courses contain multiple sessions comprising 6 or more total hours of content. Upon purchasing you will receive an instant email containing your secure registration credentials. Your course selections are ready and waiting for you upon login. Programs are viewed on demand using your standard web browser and high-speed internet connection. Access to each individual session will end 14 days after first being accessed, although there is no limit to the amount of time it takes to complete the entire course.  You can start, stop, pause and view the content within each session as often as you like during the access period.

Group licensing available. Contact EMI at or 888.871.1207 to request details. CPE credits are not currently available for EMI On Demand courses.

This course is an excellent introduction to new employees in the upstream industry, introducing them to concepts, terminology and relationships that can take years to learn on their own. People who work on the periphery of the upstream (service companies, suppliers, refiners and pipeliners) will find that these sessions clear up many of the uncertainties and confusions that exist. Investors, analysts and regulators will gain insight into the risks and rewards of the business as well as how to interpret press releases and annual reports that detail significant events in an often-times arcane language.

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