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Jee Star Logo Introduction to the oil and gas industry

Introduction to the oil and gas industry

About the course

If you are a graduate engineer or new to the oil industry and need to understand the terminology and how it all works, this is the ideal course for you.

This non-technical course gives an overview of the industry; from its origin, exploration methods and production processes, to transport, usages and commercial trends. Gain confidence to use key industry terms and acronyms, and discuss key aspects of the oil and gas industry.

Learning outcomes

  • Summarise exploration methods
  • Explain how fields are developed to produce hydrocarbons
  • Describe the basics of gas treatment and oil refining
  • Discuss market drivers and commercial trends
  • Explain how you and your company fit into the bigger picture
  • Use industry terms and acronyms

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About the Tutor

Alan Knowles

Alan has over 30 years’ experience in industry and has particular expertise in the installation and design of onshore and offshore pipelines, flowlines and landfalls and is an expert in finite element analysis.

He teaches the Design, Construction and Installation calculations for subsea pipelines, Landfalls and marine terminals, Engineering of flexibles, Advanced design including HP/HT and the Risers, umbilicals and flexibles courses.


Jee Star Logo Introduction to the oil and gas industry - course contents


Hydrocarbon formation

  • Origin of oil and gas
  • Migration of petroleum
  • Accumulation of petroleum
  • Location of major offshore fields

Exploration methods

  • Geological field mapping
  • Geophysical prospecting
  • Exploratory drilling

Hydrocarbon production

  • Onshore production wells
  • Offshore platforms
  • Offshore production drilling
  • Existing offshore infrastructure
  • Subsea equipment


Transportation systems

  • Offshore transportation systems
  • Onshore pipeline spreads
  • Pipelines through difficult ground
  • Offshore decommissioning

Gas treatment and uses

  • Gas processing
  • LNG
  • Gas distribution
  • Power generation

Refining process

  • Refining crude oil
  • Petroleum products

Commercial trends

  • History
  • Politics
  • Consumption and production
  • Reserves
  • Prices
  • New production
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