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Oil & Gas Production and Processes – Fundamentals

Jurandir Primo, PE

This course brings the fundamentals of Oil & Gas Production and Processes, in a very important didactic form, suited for everyone, beginners, students, technicians, engineers, contractors and all interested professionals, working or not, with Oil & Gas Production. The concepts of this course are divided in 10 basic sections as follows: Introduction, History, Crude Oil, Natural Gas, Oil Reservoirs, Well Exploration and Drilling, Artificial Lifts, Oil and Gas Processes, Onshore & Offshore Telecom Network, Onshore & Offshore Firefighting Systems, properly illustrated and clearly distributed in 120 pages.

Petroleum and gas include many sections of technologies that deal with the study and application of crude oil, gas, geology, geophysics, well construction, drilling, data management and petroleum business. Oil and natural gas together make petroleum. Petroleum, which is Latin term for “rock oil,” or a fossil fuel, meaning it was made naturally from decaying prehistoric plant and animal remains. It is a mixture of hundreds of different hydrocarbons molecules containing hydrogen and carbon that exist sometimes as a liquid (crude oil) and sometimes as a vapor (natural gas).

Petroleum technology is ideal for everyone who needs to be able to understand the various aspects of oil and gas operations and speak the language of the oilfield. This course is far more an introduction to petroleum engineering and certainly is not a superficial presentation as students can enter into specialized programs with a didactic depth of understanding including fundamental concepts of reservoirs, fracturing, drilling operations, telecommunication systems and oilfield firefighting. Natural gas is a considerable development of technology, and when converted to liquids and pressurized, enables more widespread transportation. Natural gas use is growing across all economic sectors. Natural gas burns cleaner than oil or coal, and this environmental benefit has encouraged its use. While decades ago natural gas was seen as an unwanted byproduct of oil and may have been wasted, its value has been recognized today. Most natural gas is distributed by pipelines, which is a limiting factor for remote resources that are not near the major consuming markets.

Most people have no idea how often they come in contact with things made from oil. Not only does petroleum provides fuel to run our vehicles, cook our food, heat our homes and generate electricity, it is also used in plastics, medicines, food items, and countless other products, from aspirin to umbrellas, and a single lipstick. Transportation needs use 66% of all available petroleum to fuel cars, buses, trucks and jets. That means 34% of oil is used for all the other items that make our daily lives easier.

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.

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