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Petroleum, Oil & Gas

Petroleum, Oil & Gas

Petroleum, oil and gas engineering is an engineering discipline concerned with the activities related to the production of hydrocarbons which can either be crude oil or natural gas, in an economical and environmentally safe manner.

With the world’s demand for oil and gas still growing, engineers divide themselves into several types: reservoir engineers, drilling engineers and production engineers, including subsurface engineers. Typical duties including evaluating reservoirs, using reservoir description and modelling techniques, overseeing drilling operations, designing integrated strategies for primary and improved recovery schemes and designing hydrocarbon production and treatment facilities.

The role requires a good knowledge of many other related disciplines, such as geophysics, petroleum geology, formation evaluation, drilling, economics, reservoir simulation, and artificial lift systems. Improvements in computer modelling, materials and the application of statistics, probability analysis and new technologies like horizontal drilling and enhanced oil recovery have greatly enhanced the job of a petroleum engineer in recent decades, and now play a major role in oil and gas engineering.

Engineers must integrate geological data with production data in order to understand the past performance and to predict the future performance of a given reservoir.

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