Hydrocarbon Exploration and Production

Hydrocarbon Exploration and Production

2nd Edition - March 13, 2008

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  • Authors: Frank Jahn, Mark Cook, Mark Graham
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080568836
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780444532367

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Hydrocarbon Exploration and Production, Second Edition is a comprehensive and current introduction to the upstream industry, drawing together the many inter-disciplinary links within the industry. It presents all the major stages in the life of an oil or gas field, from gaining access to opportunity, through exploration, appraisal, development planning, production, and finally to decommissioning. It also explains the fiscal and commercial environment in which oil and gas field development takes place. The book is written for industry professionals who wish to be better informed about the basic technical and commercial methods, concepts and techniques used in the upstream oil and gas business. The authors are the founders of TRACS International, a company which has provided training and consultancy in Exploration and Production related issues for many clients world-wide since 1992.

Key Features

  • Clearly written in a concise and straightforward manner
  • Features detailed technical illustrations to maximize learning
  • Presents major advances in the industry, including technical methods for field evaluation and development and techniques used for managing risk within the business
  • Developed from TRACS International course materials, discussions with clients, and material available in the public domain


For professionals in the upstream oil industry wishing to attain an overview of the Hydrocarbon exploration and production proces

Table of Contents

  • Introduction.
    About this book.
    1. The field life cycle.
    1.1 Gaining access phase.
    1.2 Exploration phase.
    1.3 Appraisal phase.
    1.4 Development planning.
    1.5 Production phase.
    1.6 Decommissioning.
    2. Petroleum agreements and bidding.
    2.1 The invitation to bid.
    2.2 Motivations and form of bid.
    2.3 Block award.
    2.4 Fiscal system.
    2.5 Farm-in and farm-out.
    2.6 Unitisation and equity determination.
    3. Exploration.
    3.1 Hydrocarbon accumulations.
    3.2 Exploration methods and techniques.
    3.2.1 Introduction to geophysical methods.
    3.2.2 Seismic acquisition and processing.
    3.2.3 Seismic interpretation.
    4. Drilling engineering.
    4.1 Well planning.
    4.2 Rig types and rig selection.
    4.3 Drilling systems and equipment.
    4.4 Site preparation.
    4.5 Drilling techniques.
    4.6 Casing and cementing.
    4.7 Drilling problems.
    4.8 Costs and contracts.
    5. Safety and the environment.
    5.1 Safety culture.
    5.2 Safety management systems.
    5.3 Environment.
    5.3.1 Environmental impact assessment (eia).
    5.3.2 The eia process.
    5.4 Current environmental concerns.
    6. Reservoir description.
    6.1 Reservoir geology.
    6.1.1 Depositional environment.
    6.1.2 Reservoir structures.
    6.1.3 Diagenesis.
    6.2 Reservoir fluids.
    6.2.1 Hydrocarbon chemistry.
    6.2.2 Types of reservoir fluid.
    6.2.3 The physical properties of hydrocarbon fluids.
    6.2.4 Properties of hydrocarbon gases.
    6.2.5 Properties of oils.
    6.2.6 Fluid sampling and pvt analysis.
    6.2.7 Properties of formation water.
    6.2.8 Pressure - depth relationships.
    6.2.9 Capillary pressure and saturation-height relationships.
    6.3 Data gathering.
    6.3.1 Classification of methods.
    6.3.2 Coring and core analysis.
    6.3.3 Sidewall sampling.
    6.3.4 Wireline loggin.
    6.3.5 Logging/measurement while drilling (lwd/mwd).
    6.3.6 Pressure measurements and fluid sampling.
    6.4 Data interpretation.
    6.4.1 Well correlation.
    6.4.2 Maps and sections.
    6.4.3 Net to gross ratio (n/g).
    6.4.4 Porosity.
    6.4.5 Hydrocarbon saturation.
    6.4.6 Permeability.
    6.4.7 Quicklook evaluation.
    6.4.8 Integration of core and logs.
    7. Volumetric estimation.
    7.1 Deterministic methods.
    7.1.1 The area - depth method.
    7.1.2 The area - thickness method.
    7.2 Expressing uncertainty.
    7.2.1 The input to volumetric estimates.
    7.2.2 Probability density functions and expectation curves.
    7.2.3 Generating expectation curves.
    7.2.4 The monte carlo method.
    7.2.5 The parametric method.
    7.2.6 Three point estimates : a short cut method.
    8. Field appraisal.
    8.1 The role of appraisal in the field life cycle.
    8.2 Identifying and quantifying sources of uncertainty.
    8.3 Appraisal tools.
    8.4 Expressing reduction of uncertainty.
    8.5 Cost-benefit calculations for appraisal.
    8.6 Practical aspects of appraisal.
    9. Reservoir dynamic behaviour.

    9.1 The driving force for production.
    9.2 Reservoir drive mechanisms.
    9.3 Gas reservoirs.
    9.3.1 Major differences between oil and gas field development.
    9.3.2 Gas sales profiles; influence of contracts.
    9.3.3 Subsurface development of gas reservoirs.
    9.3.4 Surface development for gas fields.
    9.3.5 Alternative uses for gas.
    9.4 Fluid displacement in the reservoir.
    9.5 Reservoir simulation.
    9.6 Estimating the recovery factor.
    9.7 Estimating the production profile.
    9.8 Enhanced oil recovery.
    10. Well dynamic behaviour.
    10.1 Estimating the number of development wells.
    10.2 Fluid flow near the wellbore.
    10.3 Horizontal wells.
    10.4 Production testing and bottom hole pressure testing.
    10.5 Tubing performance.
    10.6 Well completions.
    10.7 Completion technology and intelligent wells.
    10.8 Artificial lift.
    10.9 Subsea vs. Platform trees.
    11. Surface facilities.
    11.1 Oil and gas processing.
    11.1.1 Process design.
    11.1.2 Oil processing.
    11.1.3 Upstream gas processing.
    11.1.4 Downstream gas processing.
    11.2 Facilities.
    11.2.1 Production support systems.
    11.2.2 Land based production facilities.
    11.2.3 Offshore production facilities.
    11.2.4 Satellite wells, templates and manifolds.
    11.2.5 Control systems.
    12. Production operations and maintenance.
    12.1 Operating and maintenance objectives.
    12.2 Production operations input to the fdp.
    12.3 Maintenance engineering input to the fdp.
    13. Project and contract management.
    13.1 Phasing and organisation.
    13.2 Planning and control.
    13.3 Cost estimation and budgets.
    13.4 Reasons for contracting.
    13.5 Types of contract.
    14. Petroleum economics.
    14.1 Basic principles of development economics.
    14.2 Constructing a project cashflow.
    14.3 Calculating a discounted cashflow.
    14.4 Economic indicators.
    14.5 Per barrel costs.
    14.6 Project screening and ranking.
    14.7 Sensitivity analysis.
    14.8 Incorporating inflation.
    14.9 Exploration economics.
    15. Risk analysis.
    15.1 Risk definition and unit of measure.
    15.2 Summary of risk analysis techniques in exploration and appraisal.
    15.3 Risk analysis for major capital investments in projects.
    15.3.1 Brainstorming.
    15.3.2 Project risk matrices and risk registers.
    15.3.3 Sensitivity analysis.
    15.3.4 Stakeholder analysis.
    15.3.5 More complex problems – specific subsurface considerations.
    15.3 Managing commercial risk.
    16. Managing the producing field.
    16.1 Managing the subsurface.
    16.2 Managing the surface facilities.
    16.3 Managing the external factors.
    16.4 Managing the internal factors.
    17. Managing decline.
    17.1 Infill drilling.
    17.2 Workover activity.
    17.3 Enhanced oil recovery.
    17.4 Production debottlenecking.
    17.5 Incremental development.
    18. Decommissioning.
    18.1 Legislation.
    18.2 Economic lifetime.
    18.3 Decommissioning funding.
    18.4 Decommissioning methods.
    Selected bibliography.

Product details

  • No. of pages: 456
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier Science 2008
  • Published: March 13, 2008
  • Imprint: Elsevier Science
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080568836
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780444532367

About the Authors

Frank Jahn

Affiliations and Expertise

Beaconsfield, Australia

Mark Cook

Mark Cook has been in the oil and gas industry since 1981. He spent eleven years with Shell International working as a reservoir engineer in a variety of locations world-wide and has worked on exploration prospect evaluation, field development planning and production operations. After completing an MBA, he left Shell to co-found TRACS International, providing training and consultancy services to the industry, and worked as petroleum engineer and company Director. When TRACS was acquired by AGR Petroleum Services, he managed the UK and Russian Reservoir Management businesses until 2011. He is active in reserves evaluation for clients including international oil companies, small to medium enterprises. Mark has written and delivers a series of training courses in reservoir engineering, risk analysis and petroleum economics. He is co-author of the popular “Hydrocarbon Exploration and Production” textbook, a SPE Distinguished Lecturer and guest lecturer in petroleum engineering at Aberdeen University, Heriot-Watt University and University College Dublin.

Affiliations and Expertise

TRACS International, Aberdeen, Scotland, UK

Mark Graham

Affiliations and Expertise

TRACS International, Aberdeen, Scotland, UK

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