The original “Oil & Gas 101” course.

Fossil-based fuels are central to the running of modern economies throughout the world and will continue to be dominant energy sources well into the future. There is plenty of oil and gas available and recoverable thanks to recent technological innovations. With increasing supply security has come reduced price volatility: oil prices have settled in a range between $50 and $70 while natural gas prices remain in the doldrums, too. What has changed, though, has been the price relationship between these two commodities, with the ratio of oil prices to gas prices often exceeding 25:1 — as opposed to the historical 6:1 relationship. Why has this happened? What does this mean? This is just one of many contemporary oil and gas issues to be examined in the course.

This seminar presents the fundamentals of the upstream sector — the processes and technologies, and the risks and economics of the business. At the end of this two-day seminar, you will gain a better understanding of the hydrocarbon resource potential, the activities undertaken by the petroleum industry to explore for and produce oil & gas, and the various factors that determine fossil fuel prices. The big picture will come into sharper focus.

Key Details

Dates: TBA in 2020
(Contact us for in-house courses)
Venue: Alberta Innovates Building
Instructor: TBA
Price: $1395 + GST
Early-bird Pricing (Registered a month in advance): $1295 + GST
Course Level: Intermediate
Catering Included
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Course Outline

  1. Introduction
  2. Petroleum and Civilization
  3. Resource Ownership
  4. Exploration
  5. Drilling
  6. Formation Evaluation
  7. Well Completions
  8. Reservoirs
  9. Production
  10. Surface Facilities
  11. Transportation
  12. World Petroleum

Key Learning Objectives

  • Understand concepts about petroleum including its origin, formation, unique characteristics, various products, and industries that depend on it
  • Overview of the acquisition of land, methods and regulations for acquisition, and all the technical information that is needed for successful exploration
  • Detailed study of the complete drilling process, types and uses of different methods, and of offshore drilling
  • Understand the processes used in preparing a well for production, shale gas production, fracking, and the issues involved with the process
  • Learn about the implications of changes in reserves over time and costs associated with new developments
  • Discuss new technologies, including recent shale gas and tight oil developments
  • Learn about the transportation of oil, developments that impact pipeline growth, and energy prices on a global scale

Support Materials & Assessment Tools

Who Should Attend?

  • People new to Upstream Oil & Gas
  • Regulators
  • Government Agencies
  • Upstream Energy Companies
  • Investors
  • Refineries
  • Consulting Groups
  • Business Analysts
  • Financial Planners
  • Land Surveyors
  • Advisors
  • Policy Analysts
  • Energy Lawyers

Testimonials and Course Rating

“A lot of very good information covering all topics. Very knowledgeable instructor – best part of the course. It was great learning the background information, I’m well versed of the finance side and now I have the operational understanding too.
Fraser Analyst
“Mr.Alan was a great teacher. He was very good explaining all the details and answered every question. It seemed like he knew everything. In all I was very impressed. Thank You!”
Dustin Entry Level Manager
“Enjoyed the instructor. Very knowledgeable; great group interaction.”
Olga Oil & Gas Associate
“Perfect for my level and what I hoped to get from the course.”
Tamra Corporate Banking Associate



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