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4th International Conference on Petroleum Engineering, will be organized around the theme “Innovation, Exploration and Production of Hydrocarbons”

Petroleum Engineering 2016 is comprised of 16 tracks and 67 sessions designed to offer comprehensive sessions that address current issues in Petroleum Engineering 2016.

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"Petroleum engineering is a combination of innovation, exploration and expansion. This major fuels the world and provides the building blocks for every other profession to effectively carry out its work." Energy is a key component in our everyday lives. A secure energy future requires a balance between environmental impact and affordable supply. Petroleum and geosystems engineers are able to address and solve important issues that will lead to energy security and thus are in high demand. Petroleum engineers increasingly use advanced computers, not only in analysis of exploration data and simulation of reservoir behaviour, but also in automation of oilfield production and drilling operations.

  • Track 1-1Exploration  
  • Track 1-2Human Resource Development and Management in Oil and Gas Industry
  • Track 1-3Petroleum Advanced Analytics
  • Track 1-4Gas Turbine Technologies 
  • Track 1-5Fossil Technologies

Generally, crude petroleum is heated and changed into a gas. The hot gases are passed into the bottom of a distillation column and become cooler as they move up the height of the column. As the gases cool below their boiling point, they condense into a liquid. The liquids are then drawn off the distilling column at specific heights, ranging from heavy resids at the bottom, raw diesel fuels in the mid-sections, and raw gasoline at the top. These raw fractions are then processed further to make several different finished products.

Although all fractions of petroleum find uses, the greatest demand is for gasoline. One barrel of crude petroleum contains only 30-40% gasoline. Transportation demands require that over 50% of the crude oil be "converted" into gasoline. To meet this demand some petroleum fractions must be converted to gasoline. This may be done by cracking-breaking down large molecules of heavy heating oil and resids; reforming- changing molecular structures of low quality gasoline molecules; and isomerization -rearranging the atoms in a molecule so that the product has the same chemical formula but has a different structure, such as converting normal butane to isobutene.

Generally, the simplest refineries consist of crude, vacuum, reforming and some hydrotreating capacity. The next level of complexity adds cat cracking and some additional hydrotreating. The most complex refineries add coking, more hydrotreating and hydrocracking.

  • Track 2-1Gasoline and diesel oil
  • Track 2-2Heating Oil and engine oil
  • Track 2-3Fuels and Renewables Policy
  • Track 2-4Refineries
  • Track 2-5Oil and Gas Diversification
  • Track 2-6Crude Oil
  • Track 2-7Petrochemicals

Petroleum geology is the study of origin, occurrence, movement, accumulation, and exploration of hydrocarbon fuels. It refers to the specific set of geological disciplines that are applied to the search for hydrocarbons (oil exploration).

Petroleum geology is principally concerned with the evaluation of seven key elements in sedimentary basins:

A structural trap, where a fault has juxtaposed a porous and permeable reservoir against an impermeable seal. Oil (shown in red) accumulates against the seal, to the depth of the base of the seal. Any further oil migrating in from the source will escape to the surface and seep.

Evaluation of the source uses the methods of geochemistry to quantify the nature of organic-rich rocks which contain the precursors to hydrocarbons, such that the type and quality of expelled hydrocarbon can be assessed. The reservoir is a porous and permeable lithological unit or set of units that holds the hydrocarbon reserves. Analysis of reservoirs at the simplest level requires an assessment of their porosity (to calculate the volume of in situ hydrocarbons) and their permeability (to calculate how easily hydrocarbons will flow out of them). Some of the key disciplines used in reservoir analysis are the fields of structural analysis, stratigraphy, sedimentology, and reservoir engineering. The seal, or cap rock, is a unit with low permeability that impedes the escape of hydrocarbons from the reservoir rock. Common seals include evaporites, chalks and shales. Analysis of seals involves assessment of their thickness and extent, such that their effectiveness can be quantified.

The trap is the stratigraphic or structural feature that ensures the juxtaposition of reservoir and seal such that hydrocarbons remain trapped in the subsurface, rather than escaping (due to their natural buoyancy) and being lost.

Analysis of maturation involves assessing the thermal history of the source rock in order to make predictions of the amount and timing of hydrocarbon generation and expulsion.

Finally, careful studies of migration reveal information on how hydrocarbons move from source to reservoir and help quantify the source (or kitchen) of hydrocarbons in a particular area.

  • Track 3-1Structural Development And Basin Evolution
  • Track 3-2Geomechanics and Rock Physics
  • Track 3-3Hydrocarbon Recovery Mechanisms
  • Track 3-4Sedimentology and Stratigraphy
  • Track 3-5Seismology and Geophysics

Alternative energy is any energy source that is an alternative to fossil fuel. These alternatives are intended to address concerns about such fossil fuels.

The nature of what constitutes an alternative energy source has changed considerably over time, as have controversies regarding energy use. Today, because of the variety of energy choices and differing goals of their advocates, defining some energy types as "alternative" is highly controversial.

In a general sense, alternative energy as it is currently conceived, is that which is produced or recovered without the undesirable consequences inherent in fossil fuel use, particularly high carbon dioxide emissions (greenhouse gas), an important factor in global warming.

  • Track 4-1Energy, Infrastructure and Resources
  • Track 4-2Renewable Energy Projects
  • Track 4-3Industry Trends/Competitive Power Generation
  • Track 4-4Analysis of Clean Energy Options
  • Track 4-5Biomass Conversion
  • Track 4-6Wind Energy Technology
  • Track 4-7Solar Thermal Applications
  • Track 4-8Alternative renewable sources

The oil and gas industry is usually divided into three major sectors: upstream, midstream and downstream. The upstream oil sector is also commonly known as the exploration and production (E&P) sector. The upstream sector includes the searching for potential underground or underwater crude oil and natural gas fields, drilling of exploratory wells, and subsequently drilling and operating the wells that recover and bring the crude oil and/or raw natural gas to the surface. There has been a significant shift toward including unconventional gas as a part of the upstream sector, and corresponding developments in liquefied natural gas (LNG) processing and transport. Upstream Industry has traditionally experienced the highest quantum of Mergers, Acquisitions and Divestitures. M&A activity for upstream oil and gas deals in 2012 totaled $254 billion in 679 deals. A large chunk of this M&A, 33% in 2012, was driven by the Unconventional/shale boom especially in the US followed by the Russian Federation and Canada. The aggregate value of Upstream E&P assets available for sale (Deals in Play) reached a record-high of $135 billion in Q3-2013. The value of Deals in Play doubled from $46 billion in 2009 to $90 billion in 2010. With ongoing M&A activity the level remained almost the same reaching $85 billion in Dec-2012. However, the first half of 2013 saw approximately $48 billion of net new assets coming on the market. Remarkably, the total value of Deals in Play in Q3-2013 nearly tripled over 2009 at $46 billion, in less than four years.

  • Track 5-1Onshore and offshore
  • Track 5-2Natural Gas and LPG Storage
  • Track 5-3Oil Sands and Oil Shale
  • Track 5-4Service and Supply Companies
  • Track 5-5Hydrodynamics

Reservoir engineering is a branch of petroleum engineering that applies scientific principles to the drainage problems arising during the development and production of oil and gas reservoirs so as to obtain a high economic recovery. The working tools of the reservoir engineer are subsurface geology, applied mathematics, and the basic laws of physics and chemistry governing the behavior of liquid and vapor phases of crude oil, natural gas, and water in reservoir rock.

Of particular interest to reservoir engineers is generating accurate reserves estimates for use in financial reporting to the SEC and other regulatory bodies. Other job responsibilities include numerical reservoir modeling, production forecasting, well testing, well drilling and workover planning, economic modeling, and PVT analysis of reservoir fluids.

Reservoir engineers also play a central role in field development planning, recommending appropriate and cost effective reservoir depletion schemes such as waterflooding or gas injection to maximize hydrocarbon recovery. Due to legislative changes in many hydrocarbon producing countries, they are also involved in the design and implementation of carbon sequestration projects in order to minimise the emission of greenhouse gases.


  • Track 6-1Reservoir Geology and Geophysics
  • Track 6-2Reservoir Monitoring
  • Track 6-3Reservoir Characterization
  • Track 6-4Reservoir Description
  • Track 6-5Reservoir Fluids
  • Track 6-6Reservoir Geoscience and Geophysics
  • Track 6-7Reservoir Modeling and Simulation
  • Track 6-8Challenges in Reservoir Imaging

Crude oil tankers are used to transport crude oil from fields in the Middle East, North Sea, Africa, and Latin America to refineries around the world. Product tankers carry refined products from refineries to terminals. Tankers range in size from the small vessels used to transport refined products to huge crude carriers. Tanker sizes are expressed in terms of deadweight (dwt) or cargo tons. The smallest tankers are General Purpose which range from 10 to 25,000 tons.

These tankers are used to transport refined products. The Large Range and Very Large Crude Carriers (VLCC) are employed in international crude oil trade. The size of tanker that can be used in any trade (commercial voyage between a port of origin and destination) is dependent on the tanker's length and loaded depth and the size of the loading and unloading ports.

The larger ships are used because they reduce the cost to transport a barrel of crude oil.Oil Tankers: Today's cutting-edge tankers are the product of a commitment to safety combined with the power of computer-assisted design. As a result, the new ships traveling the seas are stronger, more man euverable, and more durable than their predecessors.


The nation's more than 190,000 miles of liquid pipelines and over 300,000 miles of natural gas pipelines, which are the primary means of moving petroleum products to consumer markets. Pipelines are safe, efficient and, because most are buried, largely unseen.

Pipeline Performance Tracking System :

The Pipeline Performance Tracking System, PPTS, is a key component of the oil pipeline industry's Environmental and Safety Initiative, a multi-discipline approach to understanding and improving industry performance.

Rail Transportation:

Railroad infrastructure supports the transportation needs of industries as diverse as oil and gas, manufacturing, and agriculture. North America benefits from an integrated railway system that is vital to reaching otherwise underserved markets. Railroads are a safe and efficient means of transporting crude oil and other petroleum products.  

  • Track 7-1Oil Tankers
  • Track 7-2Pipelines
  • Track 7-3Pipeline Performance Tracking System
  • Track 7-4Rail Transportation
  • Track 7-5International transportation projects
  • Track 7-6Oil Prices and Transportation

Alternative fuels, known as non-conventional or advanced fuels, are any materials or substances that can be used as fuels, other than conventional fuels like; fossil fuels (petroleum (oil), coal, and natural gas), as well as nuclear materials such as uranium and thorium, as well as artificial radioisotope fuels that are made in nuclear reactors.

Petroleum as an alternative to whale oil:

Whale oil was the dominant form of lubrication and fuel for lamps in the early 19th century, but the depletion of the whale stocks by mid century caused whale oil prices to skyrocket setting the stage for the adoption of petroleum which was first commercialized in Pennsylvania in 1859.

  • Track 8-1Alternatives to petroleum-based vehicle fuels
  • Track 8-2Alternatives to using oil in industry
  • Track 8-3Alternatives to burning petroleum for electricity
  • Track 8-4Sustainable Alternatives to Petroleum Based Products

Petroleum refining processes are the chemical engineering processes and other facilities used in petroleum refineries (also referred to as oil refineries) to transform crude oil into useful products such as liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), gasoline or petrol, kerosene, jet fuel, diesel oil and fuel oils.

Petroleum refineries are very large industrial complexes that involve many different processing units and auxiliary facilities such as utility units and storage tanks. Each refinery has its own unique arrangement and combination of refining processes largely determined by the refinery location, desired products and economic considerations. There are most probably no two refineries that are identical in every respect.

  • Track 9-1Crude Oil Distillation unit
  • Track 9-2Vacuum Distillation
  • Track 9-3Naphtha hydrotreater
  • Track 9-4Catalytic reforming
  • Track 9-5Fluid catalytic cracking
  • Track 9-6Hydrocracker

Completion, in petroleum production, is the process of making a well ready for production (or injection). This principally involves preparing the bottom of the hole to the required specifications, running in the production tubing and its associated down hole tools as well as perforating and stimulating as required. Sometimes, the process of running in and cementing the casing is also included.

  • Track 10-1Conventional Oil & Gas
  • Track 10-2Drilling and completion
  • Track 10-3Production and Operation
  • Track 10-4Optimization Of Well Planning And Execution
  • Track 10-5Challenges In Well Construction And Completion
  • Track 10-6Advancements In Technology Application
  • Track 10-7Heavy Oil/Tar Sand/Oil Shale/Hydrates/CBM
  • Track 10-8Unconventional Resources Development

Health and safety is an important part of any industry, but particularly so in the offshore sector, which is classed as a major hazards industry.

Reducing the number of dangerous occurrences, injuries and hydrocarbon releases remains a top priority and is a key focus of the industry’s absolute commitment to continually improving process safety standards. No other industry puts more effort into improving its safety performance through leadership, communication and co-operation.

Transparent reporting of safety performance and learning from accidents and incidents is achieved through information sharing at many industry safety forums. The industry recognises the importance of joined-up working and engages the workforce and trade unions through offshore safety committees and onshore networks.


  • Track 11-1Unsafe Conditions and Acts
  • Track 11-2Risk Assessment
  • Track 11-3Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point
  • Track 11-4Education, Training and Professionalism
  • Track 11-5Health, Safety and Environment