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Unit Overview


Successful exploration and production of oil and gas fields, carbon capture and storage, and other energy resources including hydrogen storage, requires an advanced level of knowledge of the geological environments and geophysical attributes of geological materials and technology available to monitor and model reservoirs and other elements of carbon-based petroleum systems. This unit aims to develop more specialised skills relevant to petroleum exploration and production, and carbon capture and storage. The unit focuses on advanced geological and geophysical concepts and techniques relevant to the exploration, development and production of hydrocarbons, and the injection of carbon dioxide and subsurface storage of gases including processed gases and hydrogen and helium. Students will use state-of-the art technology and world class research facilities including computer software and a variety of geological, petrophysical and geophysical datasets provided by the industry. The unit incorporates authentic core-based activity at the DMIRS Core Library in Perth and contributions from industry scientists. The unit is valuable for students actively seeking employment in the evolving energy sector after graduation.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) demonstrate knowledge of key geoscientific concepts related to exploration and production of energy resources including carbon capture and hydrogen storage; (2) demonstrate practical skills in applied data analysis and interpretation related to petroleum systems; and (3) integrate geological and geophysical data sets to solve problems related to exploration and/or production, carbon capture and hydrogen storage, and risk assessment.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) exploration project (group work and report); (2) practical exercises (individual work and report); and (3) examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Simon Lang
Unit rules
Successful completion of
one Unit(s) GEOS4412 Petroleum Systems or equivalent
Unit(s) GEOS4416 Petroleum Resources
Advisable prior study
GEOS4418 Basin Analysis Techniques or equivalent
Contact hours
workshops: 2 x 4 hours per week for 6 weeks
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