Offshore Field Development (OFF515)

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.

Course description for study year 2024-2025. Please note that changes may occur.


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NB! This is an elective course and may be cancelled if fewer than 10 students are enrolled by August 20th for the autumn semester.

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.

Learning outcome

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


Recommended prerequisites

Knowledge within mathematics and mechanics (theory of elasticity, static and dynamic analysis) corresponding to requirements for master students.


Form of assessment Weight Duration Marks Aid
Written exam 1/1 3 Hours Letter grades Valid calculator

Digital written exam, with the possiblity to submit handwritten answers.

Coursework requirements

Exercise 1, Exercise 2, Exercise 3, Exercise 4
All assignments and exercises must be approved in order to get access to the exam.

Course teacher(s)

Course coordinator:

Yihan Xing

Head of Department:

Mona Wetrhus Minde

Course teacher:

Muk Chen Ong

Method of work

Lectures and exercises.

Overlapping courses

Course Reduction (SP)
Development and Operation of Offshore Gas Fields (E-OFF700_1) 5
Offshore Field Development (OFF516_1) 5

Open for

Structural and Mechanical Engineering - Master of Science Degree Programme Marine and Offshore Technology - Master of Science Degree Programme
Exchange programme at Faculty of Science and Technology

Course assessment

There must be an early dialogue between the course supervisor, the student union 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 subject evaluation must be carried out at least every three years. Its purpose is to gather the students experiences with the course.


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