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Introduction starts with a comprehensive overview of the capabilities and features of Baobab. We look at the global energy industry, production and consumption and energy types, and then review the history and role of the Petroleum Industry. Finally, a discussion of the best books and other resources to help with your Petroleum Engineering learning.


Foundations covers the key concepts at the heart of Petroleum Engineering. Starting with the areas where most errors are made (data measurement quality, units and datums) we progress through fluid and rock properties and show how these are used to predict oil, gas and water flowrates and estimate reserves.

Well Performance

Well performance includes a review of the core components of pressure loss in the well system (reservoir, wellbore and surface flowlines) and how these can be combined to predict well flowrates (nodal analysis). We also look at how artificial lift can increase production rates and examine in detail the major methods used (gas lift, ESPs, PCPs, HSPs, sucker rod pumps and jet pumps). To show these concepts in practice, we review well modelling (or nodal analysis) applications with commercial software including the design and diagnosis of artificial lift systems.

Reservoir Performance

In reservoir performance we cover the key concepts in reservoir engineering that enable reservoir performance prediction (production profiles, recovery factor etc.). These include the energy support (or drive) mechanisms naturally present (primary) and those methods that are introduced to increase recovery (secondary and tertiary). We will look at reservoir modelling using analytical techniques such as material balance and show how data from pressure transient analysis (well testing) can improve the model. To show these concepts in practice, we review reservoir modelling applications with commercial software.

Network and Field Performance

Network and field performance covers the interactions of wells and pipelines and optimisation of oil or gas flowrates subject to constraints. When linked to reservoir models, the network model becomes predictive with time allowing forecasting of production profiles, timing changes of production and injection wells etc. In this section we cover the concepts of network and integrated production systems modelling and then the application in commercial software.

Production Operations

Production Operations covers a variety of topics for production and facilities engineers from Production measurement, surveillance and analysis through to Well integrity, intervention and stimulation, Production chemistry and flow assurance and Surface processing and treatment.

Renewable Energy Engineering

Renewable Energy Engineering includes the key topics in this broad subject area starting from the definitions involved (the Energy Transition, Net Zero, Capacity Factors, Levelised Cost of Energy etc.), the major types of renewable energy through to carbon capture and storage techniques. We also review the latest technologies for energy storage including batteries and hydrogen.

Drilling and Well Completions

Petroleum Geoscience