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TITLE Drilling and Production Engineering

LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course


DEPARTMENT Geosciences

DESCRIPTION Drilling Engineering

- Well program design;
- Site surveys, site preparation, drill pad, mud pit, conductor pipe, mobilization & rig-up;
- Rigs, jackups and semisubmersibles: rig components, drilling string, drilling bits;
- Mud Engineering: functions, types, properties;
- Drilling Procedure: straight, directional, multilateral, and extended reach drilling;
- Well Completions and Oil well Casing: fracture gradient, functions, types, properties, specification and casing design, well completion practices, open hole-, perforated-, sand exclusion-, permanent-, multiple zone-, and drainhole completions, wellhead, lifting;
- Cementing: functions, classes, types, properties;
- Hole problems: pipe sticking, lost circulation;
- Waste, waste management;
- Abandonment.

Production Engineering

- Performance of Productive Formation: productivity index, inflow performance relationships, gas well productivity, generalised pressure functions;
- Flow of Fluids in Pipes: general energy equation, static bottom hole pressure, friction factor;
- Gas Lift: continuous gas lift, gas lift valves, compression requirement;
- Processing: separation and treatment of well fluids, conventional stage separation, gas-liquid mixtures, water-oil mixtures;
- Processing of Gas Condensates and Natural Gases: absorption and stripping, hydrate formation and prevention, dehydration and sweetening of natural gases;
- Hydrocarbon Transportation and Storage: pipelines, multiphase flow, pumps and compressors.

Study-unit Aims:

The study-unit aims to provide the student the knowledge and understanding of planning wells, drilling, completion, testing, well treatment, and field development.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to understand the:
- Principles of drilling procedures and equipment;
- Design of a well program;
- Preparation of site and other work leading to drilling;
- Principles of well completion and testing;
- Drilling and production waste management;
- Function of production facilities;
- Principles of field management including well simulation and export.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- Design a well drilling program including casing and mud programs for a variety of well prognoses;
- Design the completion and testing of a well;
- Formulate a field development and management program.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

- S Devereux (1998 ) Well Planning and Drilling Manual, PennWell Books.
- SPE (1986) Applied Drilling Engineering, Society of Petroleum Engineers, London.
- S Devereux (2012 ) Drilling Technology in Nontechnical Language, PennWell Books.
- JP Nquyen, B B Balvet (1996) Drilling: 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

Pre-requisite Study-units: GSC5200, GSC5202

Co-requisite Study-unit: GSC5203


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

LECTURER/S John Bisset
Albert Caruana (Co-ord.)

The University makes every effort to ensure that the published Courses Plans, Programmes of Study and Study-Unit information are complete and up-to-date at the time of publication. The University reserves the right to make changes in case errors are detected after publication.
The availability of optional units may be subject to timetabling constraints.
Units not attracting a sufficient number of registrations may be withdrawn without notice.
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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