Foundations of the Oil & Gas Industry



David SaskDupuis



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

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

CLO1 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.    DE-Define
CLO2 Apply Geological Engineering fundamentals including 1) rock and fluid properties and 2) concepts of creation and movement of hydrocarbons through basins and reservoirs to exploration, proving commercial significance and the development of hydrocarbons (including plans for hydrocarbon extraction, fracking, SAGD, and other non-conventional technologies)
CLO3 Apply Chemical Engineering principles to design appropriate equipment and facilities for the drilling, completion and production of oil and gas wells. KB-PROC(c)
CLO4 Apply Chemical Engineering fundamentals to develop and optimize refinery and gas plant flow plans. Understand supply chain system including pipelines, rail, trucking and LNG. KB-PROC(c)
CLO5 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. De-Define

This course maps to the following program indicators:

Knowledge base for engineering (KB)

  • KB-Proc(c) Applies engineering principles to do engineering calculations and size various unit operations, including pumps, heat exchangers, separation processes, and reactors.

Design (DE)

  • DE-Define Define problem, objectives and constraints, with appropriate attention to health, safety, environmental, economic, regulatory, cultural, societal and stakeholder needs.

Relevance to the Program

Course Structure and Activities


There are no required textbooks for this course. 

All other course material is accessible via OnQ.