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Study Petroleum Engineering in Russia. Degree profiles


Council for Foreign Education in Russia (CFER) welcomes foreign students to study Petroleum Engineering with experienced Professors in reputed Russian Universities.  A degree in Petroleum Engineering will enable you to be employable with world famous companies, such as Exxon Mobil, GAZPROM, RosNeft, British Petroleum, Shell, etc. With  CFER's unique expertise over the years, students will be able to take maximum advantage and leverage it during their academic stay and for their future career.

The Petroleum Engineering programs fortify scientists and engineers to create novel technological solutions for enhancing recovery of the existing hydrocarbon sources (secondary and tertiary recovery methods) and developing new methods for recovering unconventional hydrocarbon reserves (tight oils, heavy oils, bituminous sands, oil shale, gas hydrates, etc.).

Reservoir Engineering involves assessing oil and gas deposits. Reservoir engineers firstly estimate the size of a reservoir, then determine how much oil and gas reserves are in the reservoir and finally work out how to maximize the economic return from extracting them. The ultimate responsibility of the reservoir engineer is to maximise the output of the reservoir without causing overproduction. Overproduction implies producing more than storage, transport, processing and selling capacity at any given time. This generally leads to wasted resources and shortens the lifespan of the reservoir.'

Types of Reservoir Engineering

There are several types of Reservoir Engineers:

  • Surveillance engineers - monitor existing reservoirs
  • Production engineers - work at optimizing production rates of oil and gas
  • Simulation modelling engineers - conduct simulation studies to locate potential reservoirs
  • Geothermal engineers - develop and maintain hot water and steam reservoirs

Drilling Engineer is in charge of drilling the well to produce oil or gas. Drilling Engineers also develop, plan, cost and supervise operations necessary for drilling oil and gas wells. They are involved from the initial stages of designing the well, through to testing, completion and eventually, abandonment.

Drilling Engineers are typically involved in:

  • estimating the value and accessibility cost of the reserve
    acquiring necessary property by lease
  • conducting a geological survey
  • designing a wellbore plan
  • providing a layout of the type of equipment required to reach the depth of the well.

Drilling Engineers work in office and field environments including well sites, which can be on land, offshore or on mobile drilling units. They are employed either by the operating oil company, specialist drilling contractors or a service company.

Types of Drilling Engineers

  • Completions Engineer
  • Workover Engineer
  • Well Abandonment Engineer
  • Deepwater Drilling Engineer

Production Engineer’s job involves designing and selecting the equipment that will get the well to produce oil and gas after it is drilled.

They coordinate the installation, maintenance and operation of the mining and oilfield equipment, and manage the boundary between the well and the reservoir using perforations, sand control, artificial lift, and downhole control.

The Production Engineer will then oversee the well to ensure it is flowing making oil or gas and continues to be economically viable. They also recommend modifications to maximise the efficiency of oil and gas recovery

Petroleum Economics involves the application of the techniques of economic analysis at every stage in the development of oil and gas exploration and production projects. The economics of oil and gas projects are affected by a range of factors, including:

  • the level of knowledge about the oil or gas field
    the location, type and number of wells
    market conditions
  • the effect of tax/royalty systems

By analysing factors like these, Petroleum Economists are able to assist in making investment decisions, such as deciding whether or not to drill an exploration well or whether or not to develop an entire gas production project. They are crucial in the negotiations around Production Sharing Contracts and purchasing oil and gas properties. Petroleum Economists are also involved in the assessment and management of the technical, economic and other risks associated with the different phases of an oil or gas projects.
Petroleum Engineers specialising in petroleum economics can work for oil and gas exploration and production companies, service companies, banks and investment houses and government agencies.

Natural gas engineering is the application of Petroleum Engineering know-how to the development of natural gas resources. Natural gas has becoming an increasingly significant source of energy to people all over the world. Not only does the world have huge resources of natural gas but it also offers lower greenhouse gas emissions than other hydrocarbons. Australia has significant resources of both conventional and unconventional natural gas.

Fun fact: For a long time the story has been about technology and money flowing into Russia, oil and gas flowing out. But Russian scientists did create a famous distillate of oil that dominated the market for decades. White mineral oil, or white oil, is a mixture of pure hydrocarbons with many uses in pharmaceutical and cosmetic products. White oil is still made and goes into baby oil, laxatives, and perfumes, among other things. Considered “food-safe,” it’s used as a lubricant on food-production lines and as a plasticizer. In fact, its main use today is in plastics manufacturing. You can thank the organic chemists and oil refiners of Baku for even the plastic wrapped around your vegetables in the supermarket.

BACHELORS &  MASTERS programs on the faculty of Petroleum

Studying Petroleum Engineering in Russia is grand way to learn from the best and the brightest of the Russian academia regarding the Oil & Gas industry in Russia, the world and also the Russian perspective. Since energy is the heart of the Russian economy and gives it power in the world business, politics and social affairs, it is only logical that Petroleum Engineering branch is given lot of focus.

Bachelor degree for Petroleum Engineering can be earned in the following profiles:

  1. Bachelor in Drilling of Oil and natural Gas wells
  2. Bachelor in Operation and maintenance of Transport & Storage of oil, gas and derivative products
  3. Bachelor in Construction and Repair of Pipeline Transportation Systems 

Master degree can be studied in any one of the following profiles of Petroleum Engineering:

  1. Master in the reliability of gas and oil pipelines and storage facilities
  2. Master in Construction of deep oil and gas wells in complex mining and geological conditions
  3. Master in Management of development and operation of Oil and Gas fields
  4. Master in Machinery and equipment of oil and gas fields
  5. Master in Development, Production and Operation of oil and gas fields
  6. Master in Geological and Geophysical problems of development of oil and gas fields (Double degree with Heriot-Wat in English medium)
  7. Master in Design and Development of oil and gas fields (Double degree with Heriot-Wat in English medium)
  8. Master in Petroleum Engineering

Competitive advantages of the various specializations

1. Master of Reliability of Oil pipelines and storage facilities is able to:

  • combine in-depth knowledge of the process equipment reliability theory with dynamic, hydro-mechanical and thermodynamic processes during its operation;
  • be expert in modern computer means of group and individual design of oil and gas pipelines and storage facilities with the use of geoinformation technologies;
  • to carry out non-standard calculations for optimization of technological modes of transportation of oil and gas, taking into account operational parameters of oil pipelines and storage equipment;
  • to master the methods of modeling of complex hydrodynamic processes, choose optimal technological regimes pumping oil and gas and pipeline options, taking into account the profile of the route;

2. Master in Construction of deep oil and gas wells in complex mining and geological conditions

  • to develop and substantiate the technical, technological, techno-economic, psychological and other necessary indicators characterizing processes, facilities, systems, projects, oil and gas company;
  • improve and develop methods for the analysis of information on manufacturing processes and the technical devices in the field of drilling, oil and gas, fishing control and regulation of the extraction of hydrocarbons on land and at sea, the pipeline transport of oil and gas, underground gas storage, storage and marketing of crude oil, and liquefied petroleum gases;
  • to carry out a regulated and implement new processes oil and gas production and transportation of oil and gas, to record and analyze the results of these processes;
  • to apply new methods to improve the regulated operation and maintenance of the technological equipment used in oil and gas production and transportation of oil and gas;
  • to carry out multi-criteria assessment of the benefits of the technological processes, projects, work the oil and gas company;
  • assess the risks of innovative new technologies, equipment and systems.

3. Master in Management of Development and Operation of Oil and Gas fields should be able to:

  • perform complex analytical calculations to analyze dynamic, hydraulic and thermodynamic characteristics of the pipeline transportation equipment;
  • use complex modern experimental equipment in the study of the processes that affect the performance and strength characteristics of oil and gas pipelines and storage facilities;
  • to apply modern methods of designing a group of pipeline transport objects using automated project management systems, and methods of improving the reliability of pipeline transport of oil and gas equipment during the design and operation;
  • own modern computer means of group and individual design of oil and gas pipelines and storage facilities with the use of geoinformation technologies;
  • to carry out non-standard calculations for optimization of technological modes of transportation of oil and gas, taking into account operational parameters of oil pipelines and storage equipment;

4. Master of Machinery and Equipment of oil and gas fields is able to:

  • provides an effective project development, meeting the requirements of long-term development of the industry (including the use of CAD and computer technology);
  • develop and calculate the technical documentation at all stages of the design of machines, equipment and construction of oil and gas production;
    draw up solutions to the drawings,
  • to develop terms of reference for the design and manufacture of new and improvement of existing models of machines, equipment and construction of oil and gas fields with the feasibility of decisions, taking into account the ecological purity, the level of mechanization and automation of production and labor protection;
  • to organize the effective work of the staff on the basis of modern management methods;

5. Master in Development, Production and Operation of oil and gas fields is able to:

  • master complex procedures for monitoring the process of exploitation of different hydrocarbon composition;
  • field of study and development of reserves;
  • apply a wide range of skills, including rapid flooding, the collection of data on production, planning and implementation of field development control programs;
  • plan and conduct hydrodynamic studies of wells, interpret the results of GDI for determining the filtration characteristics of reservoirs - permeability, skin factor, well damage, average reservoir pressure, reservoir heterogeneity and reservoir boundaries;
  • integrated data processing characteristics of the wells and geological conditions, seismic data, the analysis of geophysical logging, rock properties and fluid to support the results of the HDI;
  • make the program analyzes the state of deposits and use multiple methods to monitor and control the process of field development;
  • prepare project documentation, depending on the stage of development, the field of study and development of reserves;
  • prepare project documents, applying knowledge of regulatory and legislative documents for compliance with the requirements for preparing project documents;
  • represent and defend the project documents by the GKZ, HRS / CDC, CDC;
  • apply a wide range of skills, including rapid flooding, the collection of data on production, planning and implementation of field development control programs;
  • apply knowledge of modern software products to develop hydrocarbon deposits;

6. Master in the Geological and Geophysical problems of development of oil and gas fields is able to:

  • apply engineering solutions for the analysis of commercial and technological parameters for the field evaluation;
  • apply the spectrum of analytical methods for the evaluation of reservoir properties of the formation and the state of deposits;
  • use multiple methods to monitor field development;
  • prepare project documentation, depending on the stage of development, the field of study and development of reserves;
  • prepare project documents, applying knowledge of regulatory and legislative documents for compliance with the requirements for preparing project documents;
  • apply knowledge of Russian reserves calculation of the standard, as well as the SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission) and SPE (Society of Petroleum Engineers) standards;
  • interpret the results of GDI for determining the filtration characteristics of reservoirs - permeability, skin factor, well damage, average reservoir pressure, reservoir heterogeneity and reservoir boundaries;
  • integrated data processing characteristics of the wells and geological conditions, seismic data, the analysis of geophysical logging, rock properties and fluid to support the results of the HDI;
  • be able to work in an international team of experts of Petroleum Engineering;

7. Master of Design and Development of oil and gas fields is capable of:

  • conducting sophisticated analytical calculations and experiments on the analysis of design decisions related to the scheduling and arrangement of surface facilities of oil and gas fields;
  • general plans to leave the surface taking into account the construction of fields of geospatial data;
  • use complex modern software to create production systems, harvesting, transportation and storage of hydrocarbons;
  • to apply modern methods of designing surface facilities objects fields using automated project management systems;
  • to carry out non-standard calculations for optimization of technological modes of object surface facilities of oil and gas, taking into account the operating parameters of the equipment acquisition, storage and transportation of hydrocarbons;
  • able to work well in a multi-disciplinary team of specialists-designers

8. Master of Petroleum Engineering

The Petroleum Engineering program was developed to prepare scientists and engineers to be able to produce novel technological solutions for enhancing recovery of the existing hydrocarbon sources (secondary and tertiary recovery methods) and developing new methods for recovering unconventional hydrocarbon reserves (tight oils, heavy oils, bituminous sands, oil shale, gas hydrates, etc.).
The key features of the Petroleum Engineering program are:

  • Cutting edge research in Exploration and Production of Hydrocarbons;
  • Special emphasis on unconventional recourses and enhanced oil recovery;
  • Special emphasis on involving methods of mathematical physics and data science;
  • Provides a unique educational environment in the fields of petroleum science and engineering;
  • Renowned faculty with international experience and collaborations;
  • Diverse and strong collaboration with international and Russian partners;
  • Publications in top journals.

Aim and objectives

The main scope of the Petroleum Engineering program is to train students in the fields of exploration and development of hydrocarbons, with a focus on fundamental knowledge and competency to carry out experimental and theoretical research to develop new technologies relating to hard-to-recover and unconventional reserves.

Content

The Master’s program includes student immersion into the oil and gas production industry, execution of real-life projects in production and service companies, execution of scientific research.

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