Diamond

Unconventional Hydrocarbons (AGH year 1)

Module description

Lectures

Introduction to Unconventional Energy Resources
What are unconventional resources and where do they occur? Economic significance of each type of resources Petroleum Systems (review)
Systematic approaches to resource assessment; Hydrocarbon origin, migration and entrapment Natural Fractures (review)
Importance in unconventional reservoirs; Origin, occurrence, and predictability; Fracture effects on HC storage, porosity, and permeability; Roles in exploration; Roles in reservoir management – primary and enhanced recovery; In-situ stress –
Module card – Unconventional Hydrocarbons importance in unconventional reservoir performance
Low-permeability (Tight) Sands Occurrences, resources, reservoir characteristics; Drilling and completion methods;
Facilities, reservoir management, limitations on development, present activity
Coal-bed Gas Occurrences, resources, reservoir characteristics; Drilling and completion methods; Facilities, reservoir management, limitations on development, present activity; Water and environmental issues
Shale Reservoirs (Gas and Oil)
Occurrences, resources, reservoir characteristics; Drilling and completion methods; Facilities, reservoir management, limitations on development, present activity; Water and environmental issues
Heavy Oil
Occurrences, resources, reservoir characteristics; Drilling and completion methods; Facilities, reservoir management, limitations on development, present activity; Environmental issues
Gas Hydrates
Occurrences, resources, reservoir characteristics; Recovery methods; Limitations on development, present activity Technical, economic, political, and environmental constraints on development
Environmental risk minimization; Environmental Impact Assessment; Best engineering practice Elements of environmental regulation

Project classes

Forecasting of production of gas from shale gas reservoir and economics of gas production

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