Introduction to the Petroleum Industry


  • Outstanding Features
  • Course Overview
  • Target Audience
  • You Will Learn How to
  • Topics
  • Course Details
  • Certifications
  • LMS Course Resources

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 1

  • 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
  • Reservoirs
  • Formation

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

  • Separation
  • Transportation
  • Sweet versus sour
  • Heavy versus light
  • Refining

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
  • Transportation

Day 3

Oil and Gas Export:

  • Pipelines
  • Tankers and carriers
  • Refineries and terminals


  • Safety case requirements
  • Major accident risks
  • Slips, trips and falls


  • Climate change
  • Greenhouse gases

Alternative Energy

  • Renewables
  • Battery storage
  • Electric vehicles


3 Days

LMS Course Resources

Howard Thomas

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