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PESA ACT Workshop: Introduction to Petroleum Drilling

Tuesday, July 18 @ 09:00 - 17:00

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Guest Speaker: Adrian Williams

PetroSearch Training and Consulting

Adrian Williams [MBA, BSc (Hons), Dip Ed] is a petroleum exploration consultant with over 35 years’ industry experience. He is also a highly qualified and experienced trainer, having developed and presented numerous industry courses throughout Australia, SE Asia and the Middle East, as well as undergraduate and post-graduate university courses.

Aim of the course: To provide an introduction to petroleum drilling for people with minimal drilling background, who require a good general knowledge without in-depth specific technical detail. The format comprises lectures, discussions, video footage, demonstrations, hands-on exercises, real data examples and case studies. Jargon will be kept to a minimum and technical terms will be clearly explained throughout.


Workshop Outline:

Course content will cover, but not necessarily be limited to, the following topics:

Petroleum drilling

• Types of drilling rigs (land rigs, jackups, semi‐submersibles, drill ships)
• How wells are drilled (hoisting, rotating, circulation and control systems)
• Information obtained from wells (cuttings, cores, logs, well seismic, flow tests)
• Potential drilling problems, their implications, and how they are handled
• What happens after the well is drilled (abandon, suspend, complete)
• Completing a well for production

Resource management

• Objectives and approaches to field appraisal and development
• Key features of producing reservoirs
• Reservoir modelling – what and why
• Field development plans

Economics and risk

• Why companies drill so many dry holes (likely outcomes, prospect risking and ranking)
• Differences between technical success and commercial success
• How companies determine and manage the risks involved (geological versus commercial risk)
• Reserves definitions and estimation
• Deterministic and probabilistic methods (1P, 2P, 3P, P10, P50, P90 etc)
• Reserves auditing – what is involved


• Understanding press releases and broker reports


Training objectives: Participants will leave with a basic understanding of drilling terminology and jargon, the processes used, the type and reliability of information obtained and what it is used for, and the strengths, limitations, problems and major cost elements of the various operations discussed.


Catering:  Lunch and morning tea will be provided (excludes tea and coffee). Please notify PESA-ACT@ga.gov.au with your RSVP if you have any special dietary requirements.


Registration: Please register for the course by 5:00pm, Thursday 13th July. RSVP to PESA-ACT@ga.gov.au to confirm.


Cancellations from the 13th July (including no-shows) will incur the full course cost. Exceptional circumstances may be considered by the PESA ACT Committee.


Tuesday, July 18
09:00 - 17:00


PESA ACT – Claire Orlov
+61 2 62499174

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