2023-2024 / GEOL1050-1

Hydrocarbons and the energy transition - Techniques for extracting hydrocarbons and reducing emissions


15h Th

Number of credits

 Master of Science (MSc) in Geological and Mining Engineering3 crédits 
 Master of Science (MSc) in Geological and Mining Engineering (joint-degree programme with the "Université polytechnique de Madrid")3 crédits 
 Master in geology (120 ECTS)3 crédits 


Xavier Limpens

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents


  • Introduction   
  • Fluid properties and flow.                                                              
  • Surface facilities for crude oil processing and principles of refining                                     
  • Deep offshore production                          
  • HP / HT production and acid gas                                                                                  
  • Non conventionnal gas and oil (including hydrates)                                       
  • Development and et environment:
  • Energy efficiency
  • GHG (green hous gas) calculation
  • Techniques for capturing and sequestering GHG (CCUS)

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

Introduction to the petroleum upstream and contribution to the ongoing changes in the energy transition in order to reduce the GHG footprint

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

15 first hours of " Hydrocarbon origin and production " (GEOL0008-A-a) by Pierre Cornet

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Total of 12 hours of formal presentation and 3 hours of workshop to work out exercises  

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Course on Campus Sart Tilman the last week of Q1 (before Xmas holidays). 2 and an half day.

Recommended or required readings

pdf presentation for the course and exercises with answers in exel format

Written exam based on 2 questions: one for the theory and one exercise

Work placement(s)


Organisational remarks and main changes to the course




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