Course Information

Duration (hours)   
39
ECTs5
PracticeLaboratory
Instructor(s)Prof. Nikos Pasadakis

 

 

Description

Hydrocarbons chemistry. Origin of oil and Gas. Organic matter, carbon cycle. Generation of petroleum, source rocks, migration and reservoir geochemistry. Biomarkers. Chemical analysis. Petroleum and the environment.

 

 

Syllabus

Petroleum Chemistry - Petroleum Geochemistry” course information

 

COURSE OBJECTIVES / LEARNING OUTCOMES

During this course students learn:

a. basic hydrocarbon chemistry and main compositional characteristics of fossil fuels

b. to understand a petroleum system and its components, a source rock,  a migration pathway and a trap and the associated physicochemical processes

c. to evaluate geochemical data and to understand their relation to the environment of petroleum formation and accumulation

d. to link geochemical information with geological data for the estimation of the petroleum potential of a formation

COURSE CONTENT

 

Week No.

Topics

1

Introduction, world energy, global supply and demand of oil and natural gas, perspectives

2

Hydrocarbons chemistry, physicochemical properties, composition of oil and gas

3

Origin of fossil fuels, carbon cycle, chemical composition of biomass

4

Organic matter in sediments, accumulation, preservation, transformation, formation of kerogene

5

Formation of oil and gas, abiogenic petroleum concept

6

Non-conventional fossil fuels, shales, tar-sands, hydrates

7

Analytical methods in petroleum geochemistry

8

Geochemical evaluation of analytical data

9

Biomarkers geochemistry I

10

Biomarkers geochemistry II

11

Fate and transport of hydrocarbons in the subsurface, applications of reservoir geochemistry

12

Basics of petroleum refining

13

Environmental aspects of petroleum production, fingerprinting

 

LEARNING RESOURCES

 

Textbooks

Required Readings

Tissot, B.P., Welte, D.H., (1984), Petroleum Formation and Occurrence

Hund J.M. (1996) Petroleum Geochemistry and geology

 

Recommended Readings

 

Peters, K.E. Walters, C.C., Moldowan J.M. (2004) The biomarkers guide

Speight J.G. (1990) Fuel Science and Technology Handbook,

 

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Petroleum Engineering postgraduate program of the Technical University of Crete is a one-year, full-time program, designed to provide students with a scientific background in hydrocarbon exploration and skills in the practical aspects of petroleum engineering. The program begins in October, and leads to a Master of Science (MSc) degree. The program is run by the School of Mineral Resources Engineering.