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Fall 2009-2010
ENV 531 / GEO 531 / CEE 583  

Topics in Energy and the Environment - Introduction to Petroleum Engineering

Kate H. Baker

An introduction to the fundamentals of hydrocarbon accumulation, phase behavior of petroleum fluids, fluid flow in porous media, and material balance. Drilling and production operations are overviewed and followed by a focus on primary, improved and enhanced recovery schemes which provides a platform for examining definitions of reserves and resources, a distinction further clarified when petroleum economics are included. Consideration is given to running safe and environmentally-responsible operations. The course concludes with an investigation of the role of oil and gas in the current and future energy mix.

Sample reading list:
Craft, B.C. and Hawkins, M.S, Applied Petroleum Reservoir Engineering, 2nd edition
Bourgoyne, A.T., Millheim, K.K., Chenevert, M.E, Applied Drilling Engineering. Society of Petroleum Engineers
M. Economides, A.D. Hill, and C. Ehlig-Economides, Petroleum Production Systems
Dake, L.P., Fundamentals of Reservoir Engineering
Yergin, Daniel, The Prize
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Reading assignments, approximately 50 pages per week. Weekly problem sets. Semester paper/presentation on selected research topic.

Requirements/Grading:
Mid Term Exam - 20%
Final Exam - 20%
Papers - 30%
Problem set(s) - 30%

Other Requirements:
Not Open to Freshmen.

Other information:
This course will be lead by Dr. Kate Baker, Director of BP's Well Planning and Geotechnical Network. Dr. Baker has spent her career in oil and gas exploration and production and will be Princeton Environmental Institute's 2009-2010 BP-Vann Visiting Fellow.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
26546 S01 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm T   Frist Campus Center   212   Enrolled:7 Limit:16