Petroleum development and operations

The Petrad 8 weeks programmes

The 8 weeks programme in Petroleum development and operations addresses the challenges of producing petroleum safely and economically while protecting the environment. This requires sound technical solutions adapted to the conditions in which the resources are found.  

It is generally the responsibility of the licenced oil firms, usually led by an operator, to propose and implement a sound development plan for an oil or gas field. Petroleum developments and operations are likely to have substantial impacts on society, for better or for worse. The programme reviews the interactions between company managed operations and the interests of society, such as the process of proposing and approving a field development plan.

The programme will be useful to those who need to understand the contexts and work processes of producing oil and gas, and the proper roles of Government authorities and of commercial firms in this regard. For public authorities it is particularly relevant for those having responsibilities for resource management, safety, environmental management and revenue oversight. For company professionals it is relevant for anyone who need to understand the development and operations of petroleum resources in terms of key work processes as well as their wider implications.

Programme objectives

The main objective of the programme in Petroleum Development and Operations is to strengthen the participants’ capabilities for contributing to the successful and environmentally sound development and operation of petroleum reserves, in a context which involves commercial enterprises, national authorities and civil society. The programme aims to enable participants as follows:

  1. Understand the petroleum value chain in terms of the main activities required to find, produce and sell petroleum.
  2. Understand the key responsibilities of national authorities and commercial firms for petroleum activities in a modern regulatory framework.
  3. Understand the essential technical requirements for producing petroleum.
  4. Understand the process of developing petroleum reserves from discovery to production and field operations.
  5. Understand the essential requirements for protecting people’s health and safety, and protecting the environment from the potential negative impacts of petroleum operations.
  6. Understand the common methodology for assessing the economic attractiveness of petroleum activities, including the implications of fiscal terms and uncertainties.
  7. Understand common contract formats for working efficiently with contractors and subcontractors.
  8. Recognise the main impacts of petroleum activities on society and the requirements for transforming petroleum resources into lasting benefits for society.
  9. Contribute effectively to solving complex tasks in a multi-disciplinary team context.

Programme contents

The 8 weeks topics page gives an overview of the topics covered in this programme, and in the parallel programme on Petroleum policy and resource management.

The case work in the Petroleum development and operations class concerns planning for development of an imaginary offshore gas-condensate field, including technical concept, gas offtake, environmental and safety management and economics. The planning process also covers associated and re-injected gas resources in an existing oil field. The teams, representing oil firms with partnership interests in the fields, will present their proposed solutions as they proceed trough stages of identifying opportunities, assessing alternative concepts and selecting one recommended development concept.

This programme also features excursions, challenge work and the other components of our 8 weeks programmes as reviewed on the Petrad 8 weeks programmes page.

Option: University MSc study credit points

Subject to certain additional requirements as indicated below, participants at the 8 weeks course on Petroleum development and operations will be eligible to receive 30 international master level credit points. The credit points and diploma for this will be issued by the University of Stavanger, Faculty of science and technology. The study credit points can be used towards a Master (MSc) of Technology and Operations Management at the University of Stavanger, or transferred to similar programs at other European universities.

A fee of NOK 12,500, additional to the regular tuition fee for the 8 weeks programme, is required for registering for the MSc study credit points.  This additional fee is not normally covered by the scholarships which may otherwise be available for participants in the programme.

Petrad will liaise with the University of Stavanger, which has overall responsibility for the award of the study points, including the verification that the candidate has fulfilled the applicable requirements. 

For admission to the study credit point option, the candidate must fulfil the following pre-qualifications:

  • A bachelor (BSc) degree in a technology related discipline, e.g. engineering, geosciences or natural sciences;
  • At least four years of relevant work experience, preferably in the petroleum sector.

Award of the study credit points is subject to the following requirements:

  • Participation with no less than 90% class attendance at Petrad’s 8 weeks programme in Petroleum development and operations;
  • Submission of an acceptable project report within 4 months after the end of the programme in Stavanger. The project report can build on the Challenge work undertaken during the course;
  • Active participation in case team work, including delivery of an acceptable presentation;
  • Passed 3 individual tests during the 8 weeks programme.

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