OGEG5801 Introduction to Oil and Gas Engineering

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit covers properties of natural gases and crude oils; basic fluid phase behaviour and modelling; petroleum fluid characterisation; flow assurance issues affecting both oil and gas production with a focus on water related issues; an introduction to hydrocarbon modelling software to predict fluid behaviour under changing pressure and temperatures experienced in production; and an overview of oil and gas processing at the plant level.
Students are able to (1) understand what constitutes an oil or gas, and how their makeup affects their behaviour in both production and processing; (2) understand the various types of flow assurance issues they may come in contact with in their work environment and how to mitigate/minimise their effects; (3) perform basic simulations using commercial software to model the phase behaviour of hydrocarbon fluids through pressure and temperature manipulation; and (4) gain an appreciation of how a whole processing plant fits together with its various operations and modules and understand why different operations are required and organised in particular ways.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) modelling report and (2) a final examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is only available in this unit in the case of a student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Jishan Liu
Unit rules
enrolment in the Master of Engineering in Oil and Gas (62520)
Unit Outline
Semester 1_2019 [SEM-1_2019]
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