Petroleum Exploration for Non-Geoscientists


This course is designed for petroleum support staff who do not have formal training in geology, geophysics or engineering.


Petroleum Geology
- Geological requirements for hydrocarbon accumulation
Origin of Hydrocarbons
- Source rocks, Kerogen types, Thermal maturation and hydrocarbon generation, Oil and gas types
Reservoir Rocks
- Sandstones and limestones, Depositional environment, Porosity and permeability, Cementation, Stratigraphy, Stratigraphic column, Biostratigraphy, Correlation Traps, Structural, Stratigraphic, Combination, Faults, Folds, Unconformities, Salt domes, Pinch-outs
Processing and Interpretation
- Seismic mapping, Play fairway mapping, Prospect evaluation and risking
Rock Types and Origins
- The rock cycle and classification of rocks Seals, Shales and evaporites, Plate Tectonics, Crustal processes and sedimentary basins
- Geological mapping, Satellite imagery and remote sensing, Gravity-magnetic surveys, Seismic reflection geophysics acquisition
- Rotary drilling, Cuttings, Cores, Sidewall cores, Wireline logs, Log interpretation, The discovery, Appraisal drilling, Volumetrics, Reserves calculations, Recovery- primary, secondary, EOR, Production, Development drilling

Learning Objectives

This course is designed to introduce concepts and data sources to provide an insight into how oil and gas are formed, found and extracted.



Number of Participants

Max 20



Software Used


Course Format

Classroom exercises and presentations

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