This course gives an overview of the offshore industry and an introduction to methods and technologies relating to the development of offshore oil and gas fields. The course starts with the framework and the subsurface design basis and covers elements of marine technology, systems design, functionality and design of production facilities, platform concepts, subsea solutions, pipelines, cost estimation, principles for project execution, and assessment of uncertainty, economic analysis and decision criteria.
This is illustrated by examples from the Norwegian continental shelf and other areas where such activities take place.
Course description for study year 2023-2024. Please note that changes may occur.
This course gives an overview of the offshore industry and an introduction to methods and technologies relating to the development of offshore oil and gas fields. This is illustrated by examples from the Norwegian continental shelf and other areas where such activities take place.
The following topics are covered: historical background and development, information relating to petroleum resources and production, definitions relating to exploration, reservoir characteristics, drilling and well technology, methods and technologies relating to field development, design basis, systems design, functionality and design of production facilities, platform concepts, subsea solutions, pipelines, estimation of capital expenditure and operating expenditure, principles for project execution, economic analysis, risk assessment and decision criteria.
The course consists of 20 modules. One text document and one presentation will be made available for each module via Canvas. The language is English.
After the courses the student shall:
Understand the business drivers in the offshore oil and gas industry
Understand the importance of a value chain perspective
Understand the importance of multidiscipline work
Be aware of the variety of technical solutions that can be used
Be aware of limitations and feasibility issues of specific solutions
Understand that the suitability of specific solutions depends on the circumstances
Required prerequisite knowledge
Knowledge within mathematics and mechanics (theory of elasticity, static and dynamic analysis) corresponding to requirements for master students.
Form of assessment
The exam comprises three tasks based on documents made available on Canvas during the course. Each of the three tasks has the same weight.
Exercise 1, Exercise 2, Exercise 3, Exercise 4
Compulsory work: 4 written exercises to be submitted and approved.
There must be an early dialogue between the course coordinator, the student representative and the students. The purpose is feedback from the students for changes and adjustments in the course for the current semester.In addition, a digital course evaluation must be carried out at least every three years. Its purpose is to gather the students experiences with the course.