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The 7th International Conference and Exhibition on Petroleum Geochemistry and Exploration in the Afro-Asian Region.

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Additional Oil & Gas Academy Training Courses

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Additional courses

Introduction to Oil & Gas Industry

Geology for Non-Geologists
Basic Knowledge of Seismic Data Acquisition
High Resolution Biostratigraphy

Core Analysis & Description

Drilling Fluids (Mud) Engineering

See the Events page for more details on these and other courses.  Find out more about the course presenters.

Introduction to Oil & Gas Industry
(A Course Specially Designed for Non-Technical Professionals)

Duration: The course is designed to run for 2 (two) calendar weeks.


Business context
This course is an overview of the entire Oil & Gas industry, from the upstream to the downstream. It is designed to be a foundation skills acquisition program for non-technical professionals in the industry, but is also suitable for non-technical persons in oversight or support organizations such as legislatures, government agencies, banks, insurance companies, the media, etc. who require basic overview knowledge of the working of the Industry for better performance of their jobs.


Who should attend
Non-technical professionals in E&P companies; politicians, lawyers, accountants, economists, journalists, bankers, insurance brokers, taxation consultants, etc. 

Content of the program

Part 1: Upstream & Processes

  • History of the Oil & Gas Business
  • Major Players in the Industry
  • Oil & Gas Development Projects Life Cycle
  • Subsurface Evaluation; Geosciences & Technology
  • Surface Development & Engineering
  • Basic Petroleum Economics

Part 2: Downstream Operations; Refining, Petrochemicals & Gas Operations

  • Overview of Oil Refining Technology
  • Economics of Oil Refining & Marketing
  • Natural Gas Composition, Reserves, Processing & Utilisation
  • Nigerian Gas Master Plan
  • Petrochemicals: Infrastructures, Processes & Feedstock

Part 3: Business

  • Human Resources Development
  • Finance & Audit Function
  • E&P Business Operations Model (NNPC)

Part 4: Health, Safety & Environment (HSE)

  • Introduction to HSE
  • HSE Management Systems (HSE-MS)
  • Risk Assessment & Control
  • Managing Stress
  • Corporate Social Responsibility


The Presenters:

The course is delivered by a consortium of Learning Consultants, both local & international, who themselves have gathered experience in the industry over the years working in top technical and management positions in Nigeria and several other places around the world, some rising up to rank of general manager. Having retired from active service they are now mostly involved in teaching and mentoring at different levels.


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Geology for Non-Geologists
By: Bayo Akinpelu, 5 days


Business context

Geology and geological terminologies and jargons constitute the business language of the upstream petroleum industry particularly at the negotiation and early stages of discovery and development of petroleum.

Several other professionals have to grapple through the meaning and context of each jargon they have to put in place in agreements, correspondences and reports. There are others who need to understand geological processes and methodology to better do their work as regulators and public officers.  


Who should attend

Accountants, Lawyers, Production Technicians, Drilling and Facilities Engineers, Computer Analysts, Information Technology Specialists, Human Resources Representatives and Managers, Public Affairs Representatives and Managers.


Content of the program

  • Elements of Petroleum Geology
  • The Oil Machine Concept: How Oil is Found - the Oil Detective at Work
  • The Exploration, Appraisal, Delineation and other Development Well Types
  • Drilling Technology and Processes
  • Well Logging, Formation Testing and Well-site Operations
  • Field Development and Reservoir Management
  • Concession Types and Various Contract Arrangements in Nigeria
  • Fiscal Regimes and the Laws that control Petroleum Exploration and Production


Learning Methods and tools
The course is designed to educate and inform participants on various technical aspects of the industry they operate in. It is essentially interactive and laced with class discussion and break-out sessions.

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Basic Knowledge of Seismic Data Acquisition
By: Leo Okara


Business Context
Principles of seismic data acquisition, the types and objectives. The techniques, prelude and processes involved in seismic data acquisition. The operational environment, terrain and methods deployed. The errors, uncertainties, limitations and the required improvement.

Who should attend

Accountants, Lawyers, Production Technicians, Drilling and Facilities Engineers, Computer Analysts, Information Technology Specialists, Human Resources Representatives and Managers, Public Affairs Representatives and Managers.


Content of the program

  • Principles and types of seismic data acquisition
  • The techniques of seismic data acquisition and objectives
  • The Prelude and Processes involved in seismic data acquisition
  • The Permitting, Community Affairs and Development programme
  • Transportation, Logistics, Camping and Employment
  • The sections and steps involved in seismic data acquisition
  • Employment, Inductions, HSE Planning and implementations
  • The Recording Instruments and Ancillaries, Tests and Checks
  • Prestart and onsite seismic data quality assurance and control measures
  • Post seismic data acquisition environmental restoration measures


Learning methods and tools
The course is designed to acquaint participants of the processes involved in seismic data acquisition and the various techniques deployed due to technical, operational, cost and environmental constraints. It is essentially interactive and illustrated with onsite pictorial examples and occasional break-out sessions.

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High Resolution Biostratigraphy
By: Olajide Lawal

Business context

An increasingly indispensable tool for age-dating and correlation of source and reservoir rocks in petroleum systems world wide. The course, however, places greater emphasis on applications at field and reservoir scale for better understanding of reservoir architecture and heterogeneity as well as providing a framework for constraining other subsurface tools like well-logs and 3D seismic. The course is designed to take participants from the basics to latest developments in quantitative biostratigraphy.

Who should attend

Geologists, sedimentologists, micropaleontologists working in exploration as well as services companies.

Content of the program

  • Fundamentals of biostratigraphy
  • Major microfossil groups studied in biostratigraphy
  • Sample processing techniques
  • Concept of biozonation and types of zones
  • Biostratigraphy in petroleum exploration and production
  • Well-site biostratigraphy
  • High resolution biostratigraphy in exploration
  • Niger Delta high resolution biostratigraphy
  • High resolution biostratigraphy in production
  • Quantitative biostratigraphy and graphic correlation
  • Graphic correlation methodology
  • High resolution biostratigraphy in sequence stratigraphy
  • Case studies and future trends


Learning methods and tools

At the end of this course, participants would have refreshed the basic principles underlying their practice. More importantly, they would have a much better understanding of their pivotal role in petroleum exploration and their potential for enhanced petroleum production through optimum ‘sweeping’ of hydrocarbon reservoirs. They would also better appreciate their central role in sequence stratigraphic interpretation. 


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Core Analysis & Description
By: Dr. F.A. Njoku, 5 days


Business context

The core sample represents the internal anatomy of the reservoir. When core samples are obtained through a properly-planned core recovery program, subjected to well-site core stabilization & handling, as well as careful transportation to the laboratory, and analyzed appropriately, they can give rise to reliable data, obtainable by no other known means, for integrated reservoir characterization/description for application to petrophysics and reservoir engineering calculations.

Who should attend

Geologists, Geophysicists, Petrophysicists, Production/Development Geologists, Reservoir Engineers, Production Engineers, EOR Engineers, Research Geoscientists/Engineers and Simulation Engineers.

Content of the program

The Course is organized, as follows into 3 Sections, Well-site Activities, Laboratory Activities & Applications:

Well-site Activities

  • Well-site Handling and Transportation
  • Preservation and Storage


Laboratory Activities

  • Routine Core Analysis
    • Core Manifest
    • Spectral Gamma Ray Spectrometry
    • C.T. Scanning
    • Mini (Probe or Profile) Permeametry
    • Core Slabbing
    • Core Plugging
    • Core Photography
    • Plug Cleaning/Drying Techniques
    • Dean Stark & Other Saturations
    • Bulk, Pore & Grain Volume
    • Porosity
    • Permeability
    • Core Description & Environments of Deposition
  • Special Core Analysis
    • Electrical Properties
    • Formation Factor (FF)
    • Resistivity Index (RI)
    • Cation Exchange Capacity (C.E.C)
    • Co/Cw. Acoustic Properties: Acoustic Properties of Rocks
    • Porosity & Acoustic Velocity
    • Acoustic Anisotropy
    • Capillary Pressure
    • Wettability, Interfacial Tension & Pore Throat Radius
    • Mercury Injection Method
    • Centrifuge Method
    • Porous Plate Method
    • Relative Permeability


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Drilling Fluids (Mud) Engineering
By: Felix U. Igwe, two weeks


Business context
This introductory Drilling Fluids Engineering Course is designed for non Drilling Fluids Engineers / personnel involved in the exploration and development sector of the oil and gas industry. The course will cover basic understanding of drilling and completion fluids’ engineering and laboratory practices.

Course Objective

To deliver basic understanding of the principals of:

  • Drilling and Completion Fluids.
  • Well bore problems related to drilling fluids.
  • Well bore stability and inhibition.
  • Solids control equipment and use.
  • Mud engineering calculations.
  • To conduct laboratory exercises on how to;
  • Operate common mud testing equipment.
  • Perform mud checks on aqueous base fluids (ABF) and non-aqueous base fluids (NABF).
  • Treat mud contaminations.


Who should attend
Drilling Engineers, Petroleum Engineers, Geologists, Wellsite Engineers, Reservoir Engineers, Laboratory Engineers or any personnel involved in exploration and development in the oil and gas industry.


Content of the program 

  • Drilling Fluids (DF) Functions
  • Drilling Fluids Properties and Measurements
  • Geology and Reservoir
  • Clay Chemistry
  • Polymer Chemistry
  • Inhibition
  • DF Systems
  • Contamination
  • Rheology and Hydraulics
  • Formation damage
  • Drill- in Fluids
  • Lost Circulation
  • Stuck Pipe
  • Corrosion
  • Completion and Well Bore Clean Up
  • Solids Control

Upon completion of the course the participant shall be able to:

  • Explain the functions and importance of drilling fluid in drilling operation.
  • Understand some common well bore problems, their causes and how to trouble shoot for remedies.
  • Recognize the chemicals and additives used in drilling fluids and their functions.
  • Identify the various drilling fluid system, understand their applications, properties, advantages and limitations.
  • Perform daily mud check and recommend maintenance protocol

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