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


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

Table of Contents

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 ana


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About the editors

Frank Jahn

Affiliations and Expertise

Beaconsfield, Australia

Mark Cook

Affiliations and Expertise

TRACS International, Aberdeen, Scotland, UK

Mark Graham

Affiliations and Expertise

TRACS International, Aberdeen, Scotland, UK


"This book is timely for professionals in the hydrocarbon industry, as it provides a comprehensive overview of the technical, economic, and commerical methods, concepts, and techniques used in the industry."

-- The Leading Edge