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2021/22 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

SOEE3560 Field Class: Petroleum Reservoir Architectures

10 creditsClass Size: 48

Module manager: Prof Paul Glover
Email: P.W.J.Glover@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Objectives

This module is designed to be a stand-alone course, without pre- or co-requisites. At the end of the module, students should:
- Be familiar with aspects of the geological evolution of the North Sea Basin, with particular reference to its hydrocarbon potential
- Have experience of relating geological features observed across a range of scales, from seismic cross-sections to geophysical log data and to outcrop
- Have gained an awareness of the roles and interactions of geoscientists and petroleum engineers in developing a static reservoir model
- Be familiar with the methods, nomenclature and parameters which are used to characterise source rock potential and the reservoir properties of rocks from outcrop and log data.
- Understand how primary depositional architecture and secondary diagenetic features, and faults and fractures may influence fluid flow in a variety of hydrocarbon reservoir and aquifer analogues.
- Be aware of the uncertainties in geological data and in the modelling process with respect to a static reservoir model.

Learning outcomes
On completion of the module, students should have gained some combination of:
- Enhanced skills in field safety analysis, field observation, sedimentary logging and sequence stratigraphic analysis
- Awareness of the physical parameters characterised for reservoir engineering purposes
- Awareness of the need to recognise, communicate and handle geological uncertainty in reservoir model development
- Skills in outcrop-well and well-seismic correlation
- Exposure to a variety of carbonate and siliciclastic reservoir analogue rocks in outcrop, including fractured reservoirs, and to comparative data from the subsurface.

Skills outcomes
Students will have the opportunity to carry out some combination of independent field observations, integrative team exercises, individual oral presentations, classroom-based presentations and team presentations.


Syllabus

Evolution of the North Sea Basin and petroleum system.

Hydrocarbon source rock characteristics; type II marine oil-prone source rocks and type III terrestrial gas-prone source rocks.

Reservoir quality and architecture; outcrop examples and 3-dimensional architecture of fluvial, deltaic, shallow marine and aeolian reservoir sandstones, and of oolitic carbonate and fractured chalk reservoir analogues.

Construction of a static reservoir model and its iteration in response to incoming geological data.

Reservoir performance; reservoir connectivity during petroleum charge and in production, controls upon primary and secondary porosity and permeability distribution, poro-perm modification by faulting and fracturing, and implications for production.

NB The fieldtrip will incur a cost if it is an optional module on your programme.

Evolution of the North Sea Basin and petroleum system.

Hydrocarbon source rock characteristics; type II marine oil-prone source rocks and type III terrestrial gas-prone source rocks.
Reservoir quality and architecture; outcrop examples and 3-dimensional architecture of fluvial, deltaic, shallow marine and aeolian reservoir sandstones, and of oolitic carbonate and fractured chalk reservoir analogues.

Reservoir performance; reservoir connectivity during petroleum charge and in production, controls upon primary and secondary porosity and permeability distribution, poro-perm modification by faulting and fracturing, and implications for production.

NB The fieldtrip will incur a cost if it is an optional module on your programme.

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Fieldwork148.0048.00
Seminar12.002.00
Private study hours50.00
Total Contact hours50.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

- Reading preparatory to field trip
- Review of field notebooks and organisation of data
- Integration of reading of recommended texts
- Preparation and revision for written examination (supported by field notebooks).

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

- Monitoring and formative feedback provided via field-based and classroom-based work sessions
- Feedback on oral and team presentations.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information


Coursework
Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Poster PresentationIndividual exercise (during fieldtrip)50.00
Oral PresentationOral presentation in the field Oral presentation in the field and/or classroom-based presentation15.00
Poster PresentationTeam exercise (during fieldtrip)35.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 30/06/2021 16:25:48

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