Petroleum Engineering For Non-Engineers

The aim of this short course training is to provide a basic knowledge of petroleum engineering operations.
At the end of this course participants will be able to:
•    Learn various petroleum engineering functions.
•    Understand various petroleum engineering principles, drilling & completion, reservoir, production, facilities engineering
•    Get basic knowledge of the physical properties of hydrocarbons.
•    Understand hydrocarbon flow in the reservoir.
•    Learn about drive mechanisms and resulting hydrocarbon recovery.
•    Understand the basics of how to estimate oil/gas in place with volumetric calculations.
•    Obtain a basic understanding of economic evaluation through the use of cash-flow.
•    Get basic understanding of downstream petroleum engineering, transportation, refining, petrochemicals
•    Have an understanding of petroleum engineering economics
•    Issues on HSSE

  •  Introduction and quick review of geology behind the process.
    •    “Oil Well” video illustrating basic drilling and completion, as well as a blow-out
    •    Overview of onshore / offshore drilling rigs:  Design considerations, pros and cons of different systems.
    •    Directional Drilling Tools and Techniques:  Identification of conditions requiring a directional well, horizontal well productivity, and pros and cons.
    •    Well Completions:  Completion methods – open-hole, perforating, wire-wrap; discussion of oil well production equipment – casing, tubing, review of cementing practices and procedures.
    •    Well Log Analysis:  SP and GR Logs; shaliness; porosity measurement – equation calculation; density logs/sonic logs; determining saturation.
    •    Reservoir engineering, Reservoir Simulation
    •    Reservoir Stimulation:  Acidizing; Hydraulic Fracturing
    •    Reservoir Drive Mechanisms:  Dissolved gas, Gas cap, Water and combo drives;
    •    Improved Recovery Techniques:  Waterflooding; Artificial lift options – gas lift, sucker rod pumps and electrical submersible pumps.
    •    Handling Sub-Surface Fluids:  Removing water; separating liquid and gas; storing the crude oil.
    •    Downstream petroleum industry, transportation, refining, petrochemicals
    •    Petroleum economics
    •    Health, Safety, Security and Environment

    •    Current case studies and examples will be given.
    •    Class exercises reinforce the lectures
    •    Material is illustrated with field examples

    Day 1

    1.  Introduction to the Oil & Gas Industry

    •    Energy Types, Statistics
    •    Energy supply, demand and pricing
    •    Ownership and exploitation of reserves

    QUIZ: pre – assessment of knowledge level on Oil & Gas Industry
    VIDEO: Oil & Gas Overview

    2.  Upstream Operations
    •    Exploring for Oil & Gas
    •    Introduction to Geology/Earth Structure/Plate Tectonics
    •    Rock types/Rock Structures/Petroleum Origins
    •    Rock and Fluid Properties
    •    Petroleum Accumulations/ Reservoir Performance
    •    Seismic Exploration

    VIDEO: Geophysical exploration

    3.  Hydrocarbon Quantity Estimates

    •    Resources definitions and uncertainty
    •    Economic evaluation

    EXAMPLE: Resource estimation

    4.  Legal Contracts for Oil & Gas Rights
    •    Key terms
    •    The players
    •    Contract types
    •    NOCs vs IOCs

    Day 2
    1.  Drilling & Completion

    •    Drilling Process
    •    Drilling Rigs and Equipment
    •    Logging & Evaluation
    •    Well Completion
    •    Field Appraisals

    VIDEO: Drilling & Completion

    2.  Reservoir Engineering

    •    Properties of reservoir rocks fluid (oil, water, and gas)
    •    Parameters that impact well/reservoir performance
    •    Reservoir drive mechanisms for both oil and gas reservoirs
    •    Hydrocarbon well testing
    •    Field development plans

    EXAMPLE: Reservoir Fluid Properties

    3.  Production Engineering

    •    Role of production engineers
    •    Components of production system
    •    Single – two phase flows
    •    Formation damage issues & mitigation
    •    Artificial Lift Methods

    VIDEO: Production System

    4.  Surface facilities

    •    Pumps & Valves
    •    Measurement Controls
    •    Manifolds/Separator Types
    •    Oil & Gas Measurement/ Metering
    •    Oil & Gas Treatment & Storage

    VIDEO: Surface production facilities

    Day 3
    1.  Downstream Processes

    •    Oil Transportation/Pipeline Operations & Pigging
    •    Natural Gas transportation and use
    •    Liquefied Natural Gas make and use

    VIDEO: The role and future of LNG

    2.  Petrochemicals

    •    Refining
    •    Petrochemical  Industry
    •    Corrosion & Scale Protection

    VIDEO: Overview of downstream petroleum

    3.  Economics

    •    Marketing/Petroleum Economics
    •    The Role of Technology

    EXAMPLE: Asset economic development evaluation

    4.  Health, Safety, Security, Environment

    •    Issues and awareness for Oil & Gas Industry
    •    Onshore vs Offshore
    •    HSSE indicators, monitoring and improving
    •    Regulations and compliance

    VIDEO: HSSE in Oil & Gas

    QUIZ: post – assessment of knowledge level on Oil & Gas Industry

This training course uses both conventional and non-traditional techniques. It utilises small group and facilitated plenary discussions as well as instruction to explore key concepts, models, tools and techniques. Hands-on exercises and case studies are used to practice the application of knowledge and use of skills. Structured reviews provide the opportunity to consider how the learning can be applied to the delegates’ own work.

  • D.McKINSEY AND ASSOCIATES Ltd Certificate of Completion for individuals who attend and completes’ Petroleum Engineering for Non – engineers course.
  • Candidates who desire International Certifications shall be registered through our platform for such an examination.


D.Mckinsey is licensed to train and issue certificates by the following bodies;

–           Nigerian Council for Management Education, (CMD).

–           OGTAN (Oil and Gas Trainers Association of NIGERIA).

Kindly confirm space availability by calling +234 (0) 8023192104 or +234 (0) 9062386530 or send an email to,   For In-House training programs / on request, please contact us using above contact details.

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