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Petroleum deposits and exploration

Course Description

Study program: Economic Geology (VII semester -DAS), Geology of oil and gas (VII semester -DAS), Geophysics (VII semester -OAS), Petroleum Engineering (V semester -OAS)

Name of subject: Petroleum deposits and exploration

Instructors: Dr Aleksandar Kostić, Nikoleta Aleksić

Status: Compulsory


Prerequisites: -

Course Objectives: Learning elements of petroleum geology, genetic model of petroleum deposits and their types, unconventional oil and gas resources and their characteristics. Overview of global petroleum resources and resources of Serbia. Modern petroleum exploration conception and methods.

Learning Outcomes: Gaining basic knowledge on petroleum geology at level necessary for understanding formation of petroleum deposits, modern methods of their exploration, types and characteristics of unconventional resources of oil and gas. Mastering in construction of basic graphical models of deposits (maps and cross-sections).


Theory teaching
Genetic model of petroleum deposits: generation, migration and accumulation of hydrocarbons. Distribution of oil and gas resources and reserves in the world and in Serbia. Physical and chemical characteristics of oil and gas. Natural reservoirs, productive reservoir rocks and seals. Petroleum traps, elements and classification. Oil and gas deposits and fields, characteristics and classifications. Unconventional resources of oil and gas and their features. Petroleum exploration: history, modern conception and methods. Sampling and samples types in petroleum exploration. Geological, geochemical and geophysical methods in petroleum exploration: techniques, purpose and importance. Exploratory drilling for oil and gas: positioning of wildcat and step-out wells; exploration procedures during drilling.

Practical teaching
Construction of cross-sections and structural contour maps of oil and gas deposits. Analysis of giant petroleum fields of the world and oil and gas fields in Serbia. Classification of traps and petroleum deposits.

Suggested Reading List

  1. Ерцеговац, М., 2002: Геологија нафте. РГФ, Београд, НИС-Нафтагас, Нови Сад, 463 стр. - одабрана поглавља
  2. Аксин, В., 1967: Геологија нафте.- Дневник, Нови Сад, 800 стр. - одабрана поглавља
  3. Selley, R.C., 1998: Elements of Petroleum Geology. 2nd Ed. Academic Press, San Diego, 470 pp.
  4. North, F.K., 1990: Petroleum Geology. Unwin Hyman Inc., Winchester, Mass., 631 p.
  5. Bjorlykke, K., 2010: Petroleum Geoscience: From Sedimentary Environments to Rock Physics.- Springer, 508 p.

Fund Hours:

Lectures Exercises Other forms of teaching Study research
2 2 0 0

Conduct of the Course: Classical lectures with video presentations and examples. Active participation trough exercises and tests.

AssessmentОцена знања:

Final Exam ECTS
Oral Exam 50
Classwork Assessment ECTS
Class Participation 10
Practical Classes 20
Written Tests 20

Additional Assessment Criteria -