Petroleum Geology

Victoria University of Wellington

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Petroleum Geology

  • Host University

    Victoria University of Wellington

  • Location

    Wellington, New Zealand

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    ESCI 301; 15 MATH, PHYS, QUAN or STAT pts or an approved equivalent; 15 further pts from (CHEM 113-115, MATH 141-177, PHYS 114-115, STAT 193)

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    This course introduces all aspects of the composition, origin and accumulation of hydrocarbons and the main exploration procedures and analytical techniques. It covers concepts such as play and sequence stratigraphy, before focusing on more detailed aspects of reservoir and seal types. Types of petroleum accumulation are described, ranging from standard oil and gas, to unconventional accumulations such as gas hydrates and shale oil and gas. Carbon capture and storage are also introduced along with discussion of issues such as fracking and the future of oil and gas. Practical work comprises exercises that introduce petroleum analytical techniques and are designed to foster an understanding of how exploration proceeds.

    internal assessment- 50%
    Final exam- 50%

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