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Course Overview | Lifecycle of Oil and Natural Gas


Course Overview

NCBE 801: Lifecycle of Oil and Natural Gas Certificate

Tuesdays, 6:00 - 9:00 pm
1380 Lawrence St.
Denver, CO 80202
Terrace Room (2nd Floor)

Class 1 – April 7, 2015 - Geology
  • Introduction to certificate program and overview of course requirements. Finding oil and natural gas - introduction to geology, reservoir characteristics, exploration, seismic survey, sample well logs, maps and hydraulic fracturing.
Class 2 – April 14, 2015 - Land and Financing
  • Land, types of ownership, leasing, contractual frameworks, split estate, role of the landman, negotiating royalty interest, management of assets and contracts, payment of burdens and lease administration. Financing basics - joint ventures, farmouts, royalties and taxes. 
Class 3 – April 21, 2015 - Engineering
  • Extracting oil and natural gas - drilling and production, types of rigs and equipment used, drilling procedures, well completions and directional/horizontal drilling. Refining crude oil and gas processing treatment, storage and transportation - pipeline and distribution networks, LNG, CNG, LPG.
Class 4 – April 28, 2015    Geopolitics and Marketing
  • Markets and trading - buying and selling, hedging, margins, benchmark prices, wholesale vs. retail, trading and commodity exchange. Managing risks and opportunities - geopolitical, environmental and sustainability issues, industry best practices, regulatory bodies, challenges and opportunities.
Class 5 – May 5, 2015 - Regulatory EH&S
  • Regulatory/Environmental Health and Safety – how the oil and gas industry is regulated, reporting requirements, environmental concerns, health and safety issues. Development of a basin; history of how a play develops over time, look at geology, spacing, drilling issues, etc.
Class 6 – May 12, 2015 - Energy Game: Hosted by the DPC at the DAC
  • Students form teams and engage in a classroom activity designed to replicate steps taken by oil and gas production companies to find and develop oil or natural gas. Each team will start with a bank, prepare their investment strategy, lease land, acquire permits and geology reports, drill and produce. Students must draw on knowledge gained from previous classes, as well as face challenges such as permit delays, environmental hazards, and drilling dry holes. Teams will be evaluated based on level of production and return on investment.
Class 7- TBD - Well site tour
  • Well site tour of a working drilling rig. Safety instruction and lunch provided.
    For further information please contact Sarah Derdowski, 303.315.8065
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