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TITLE Reservoir Engineering

LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course


DEPARTMENT Geosciences

DESCRIPTION - Reservoir Mechanics: reservoir conditions, volumetric estimation, recovery factor and recoverable reserves, gas-oil ratios, Darcy's law, relative permeabilities, formation volume factors, PVT analysis, reserves definitions, uncertainty;
- Material Balance: gas material balance, reservoir drive mechanisms, hydrocarbon phase behaviour, material balance for oil reservoirs at pressures above bubble point, gas and solution gas effects in oil production, linearization of the material balance equation;
- Secondary Recovery: immiscible displacement mechanisms, Buckley Leverett one dimensional displacement; Displacement stability (coning mechanisms), secondary waterflooding and displacement principles, reservoir heterogeneity, field development strategy;
- Enhanced oil recovery recovery (heavy oil, thermal energy, chemical flood;
- Unconventional hydrocarbons, very heavy oil, shale gas and shale oil;
- Radial flow in a porous medium;
- Well Inflow Equations: semi steady state solution, steady state solution;
- Pressure Analysis: diffusivity equation, transient and semi steady state flow, pressure buildup and drawdown analysis techniques, skin effect, multi rate flow tests, well testing.

Study-unit Aims:

The study-unit aims to provide the student knowledge of the behaviour of petroleum fluids in reservoirs in order to develop an understanding of the engineering techniques used to evaluate formations and estimate recoverable reserves, as well as the knowledge of the various mechanisms of fluid displacement in order to develop an understanding of the recovery techniques used to extract petroleum.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to understand the basic principles of reservoir engineering to be able to evaluate a petroleum bearing formation as well as understand the various field development strategies and techniques that can be used to develop the formation and extract the petroleum.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- Conceive and formulate reservoir engineering hypotheses for a variety of situations involving petroleum bearing formations;
- Select and use engineering techniques and procedures in a variety of situations;
- Research and synthesise reservoir engineering information from a variety of sources;
- Analyse and evaluate reservoir engineering data such as well test result and pressure history to determine reserves, recovery factors, production profiles, and drive mechanisms;
- Determine the appropriate field development technique for the optimal extraction of petroleum including the use of enhanced recovery.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

- L P Drake, (1978) Fundamentals of reservoir Engineering, Elsevier Science.
- J S Atcher (1986) Petroleum Engineering: Principles and Practice, Springer.
- R Cosse (1993), Basics of Reservoir Engineering (Oil and Gas Field Development Techniques), Technip.

ADDITIONAL NOTES Pre-requisite Qualifications: Honours degree, 2nd upper or above, in Science, Engineering or a related discipline

Co-requisite Study-units: GSC5200, GSC5202, GSC5205, GSC5207


Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment Yes 20%
Examination (2 Hours) Yes 80%

LECTURER/S Richard Dawe
Albert Caruana (Co-ord.)

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It should be noted that all the information in the study-unit description above applies to the academic year 2017/8, if study-unit is available during this academic year, and may be subject to change in subsequent years.
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