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Giant Oil & Gas Fields
There are more approximately 1,000 oil and gas
fields in the world that have been classified as
"giant," containing more than 500 million barrels of
recoverable oil and /or 3 trillion cubic feet of
gas. This course will cover the structure,
stratigraphy, and production history of the fields
and an analysis of effective exploration,
production, and enhanced oil recovery methods.
Introduction to Shale Gas
Shale gas represents an important direction in
hydrocarbon exploration and production.
Success in shale play production requires an
understanding of the complex nature of heterogeneous
reservoirs. This course introduces the learner
to the fundamentals of shale gas, including current
theories that explain its origin, and how to
determine which reservoirs are commercially viable.
Unconventional oil and gas resources represent a
significant resource for the future, particularly as
technological innovations make reservoir
characterization more accurate, and completion /
production techniques more cost-effective.