Foundations of the Oil & Gas Industry




Course Description

Fundamentals of the oil and gas industry covering Chemical Engineering and Geological Engineering practice, and implications of Canadian and world political forces together with business practices are covered. Industry needs for exploration, recovery, processing, business expansion and policy issues will be addressed through case studies, in conjunction with examination of suitable business models. The course includes three hours of lecture and one hour of tutorial per week. (0/0/0/30/12)

Prerequisites: CHEE 221 or GEOE 238, or permission of the department

Objectives and Outcomes

Specific course learning outcomes include:

  1. Discuss business and geopolitical aspects of the industry, current business issues, including taxes and incentives, environmental regulations and policy—including water use, CO2 emissions, and alternative fuel policy.
  2. Apply Geological Engineering fundamentals including 1) rock and fluid properties and 2) concepts of creation and movement of hydrocarbons through basins and reservoirsto exploration, proving commercial significance and the development of hydrocarbons (including plans for hydrocarbon extraction, fracking, SAGD, and other non-conventional technologies)
  3. Apply Chemical Engineering principles to design appropriate equipment and facilities for the drilling, completion and production of oil and gas wells.
  4. Apply Chemical Engineering fundamentals to develop and optimize refinery and gas plant flow plans. Understand supply chain system including pipelines, rail, trucking and LNG.
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of hydrocarbon play economics, including probable volumes, product pricing, sociopolitical barriers or impact, distance to infrastructure, and regional refinery capabilities in order to balance import v. export scenarios and supply and demand.
  • CHEE-KB-PROC Process Systems Engineering Modeling and Control:  Identifies critical variables to model a chemical engineering process, performs process calculations, models, sizes and controls standard unit operations
  • CHEE-DE-1   Identifies problem, objectives and constraints including health and safety, environmental and societal issues and/or user needs

Relevance to the Program

Course Structure and Activities


There are no required textbooks for this course. 

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