Introduction to the Petroleum Industry

(Management & Leadership)

Outstanding Features

Reducing our carbon footprint will transform the 55 trillion US dollars petroleum industry. Oil and gas supplies around half of the world’s energy demand that continues to increase. How do we meet demanding a carbon-constrained environment?This course is a timely overview and update on the petroleum industry.

Course Overview

Starting from a conventional or unconventional reservoir this course takes delegates through the journey of oil and gas as it is processed for transportation, refined and delivered to the consumer. The programme contexts each part of the hydrocarbon supply chain and generates familiarity with the overall industry as it changes to find its place in today’s world.

Target Audience

This course is designed to familiarize in-house non-technical people with the Petroleum industry. All new entrants, non-technical and technical alike, along with more experienced people that require a broader understanding of the industry will benefit from this course.

The course has proven so popular that many experienced people who are only familiar with a section of the industry were encouraged to attend by their non-technical colleagues.

You Will Learn How to

Participants will understand the basic principles of the oil and gas industry and the issues that dominate today’s industry, not theoretically as in a technical education, but practically from a real world operational point of view. Delegates will learn:

Basic understanding of conventional and unconventional formations
Working principles of the equipment used to produce and transport oil and gas (including LNG)
The differences between onshore and offshore production and processing
Gas treatment process
Oil separation process
Water treatment process
The changing role of oil and gas in a sustainable energy future


Importance of Communication
in Developing a Productive Culture

Overview of
Oil and Gas Production Processes and Associated Utilities

How the
Reservoir Produces and Flows via Wells

How the Oil
and Gas is Processed and Transported to the Consumer

How Oil and
Gas is Located

Overall Understanding
of the Petroleum Industry

Course Details

Day 1Introduction:

History of oil and gas
The future of hydrocarbons, conventional and unconventional
How will the industry change?

Oil and Gas Reservoirs

The chemistry of oil

How Reservoirs Produce

Conventional and unconventional reserves
Producing from a reservoir
How reservoirs behave due to pressure changes
How to maximize the amount of oil recovered
Offshore production issues

Exploration & Production

Conventional wells, and unconventional wells
Off shore platforms
Subsea systems

Day 2

Oil Processing

Sweet versus sour
Heavy versus light

Water Processing

Removing oil
Removing gas
Removing solids

Gas Processing

Different types of gas
Sweetening gas
Drying gas
Separating gases


Coal seam methane, oil sands, shale oil and gas
Why are they becoming an important source?
What do we do with them?
What environmental impacts does it have?

LNG: 21st Century Fuel

Liquefaction process

Day 3

Oil and Gas Export:

Tankers and carriers
Refineries and terminals


Safety case requirements
Major accident risks
Slips, trips and falls


Climate change
Greenhouse gases

Alternative Energy

Battery storage
Electric vehicles

Course Length

3 Days

Course Director

Howard Thomas


Upon completion, you will receive a Worley Academy Certificate of Completion.

Course Schedule

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