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EG551Y: OIL AND GAS CHEMISTRY (2020-2021)

Last modified: 24 Jun 2020 14:31


Course Overview

This course includes three key components where chemistry is fundamental to upstream and downstream oil and gas transport and processing. In this course, you will learn about general pipeline flow assurance, and risks related to the chemistries of waxes, resins, asphaltenes, gas hydrates and scales. Chemical strategies for managing flow assurance are discussed. Processes involved in converting oil to valuable fuels and chemicals are investigated. These include: distillation, coking, cracking, hydrotreatment and reforming. Natural gas utilisation including transport, processing and conversion to upgraded products is also covered, to give an overview of chemistry in the oil and gas industry.



Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Panagiotis Kechagiopoulos

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Postgraduate Programme

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

The course will begin with a brief review of the key chemical concepts relevant to oil and gas production: energy and thermodynamics, reaction rates, structure and reactivity of different types of compounds and materials. This will be followed by a discussion of the chemical processes taking place in a modern refinery, the chemistry of natural gas utilisation and consideration of future options for natural gas utilisation. The role of chemistry in developing enhanced oil and gas recovery methods will be outlined, followed by consideration of some environmental aspects of oil and gas production, and the issue of carbon capture.


Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Seminar during University weeks 25 - 30, 32 - 34, 38 - 39
  • 1 Tutorial during University weeks 25 - 30, 32 - 34, 38 - 39

More Information about Week Numbers


In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for courses may be subject to change. All updates for first-half session courses will be actioned no later than 1700 (GMT) on 18 September 2020. All updates for second half-session courses will be actioned in advance of second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

Online test (Mark Law) (10%)

Online test (Alan Mccue) (15%)

Online test (JG & PK) (15%)

Online exam (60%)

 

Resit

Re-sit of only the failed assessment component(s)

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome

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