NCBE 801: Lifecycle of Oil and Natural Gas Certificate
Class 1- June 5, 2013
- Introduction to the certificate program and an overview of course requirements.
- Finding oil and natural gas—introduction to geology, reservoir characteristics, exploration, seismic survey, sample well logs, maps and fracking.
Class 2- June 12, 2013
- Land and land administration—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
- Managing risks and opportunities—geopolitical, environmental and sustainability issues, industry best practices, regulatory bodies, challenges and opportunities
Class 3- June 19, 2013
- 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- June 26, 2013
- Financing basics—joint ventures, farmouts, royalties and taxes
- Markets and trading—buying and selling, hedging, margins, benchmark prices, wholesale vs. retail, trading and commodity exchange
Class 5- July 10, 2013
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 6- July 19, 2013
Well site tour on a working drilling rig. Safety instruction and lunch provided, however, transportation is at student’s discretion.