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Giant Oil and Gas Fields

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These online courses in petroleum have been designed for your independent, self-guided study.  You may use these resources to gain an understanding of this topic.  If you would like to participate in guided independent study, or a group course, contact AAPG education for information about taking an instructor-led course. Self-guided AAPG OpenCourseware is free to all users.

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Course Overview:
There are more approximately 1,000 oil and gas fields in the world that have been classified as "giant," containing more than 500 million barrels of recoverable oil and /or 3 trillion cubic feet of gas.  This course will cover the structure, stratigraphy, and production history of the fields and an analysis of effective exploration, production, and enhanced oil recovery methods.

Course Objectives:
Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to analyze, compare, and contrast giant petroleum fields of the world.  You will be able to describe the fields, the reservoirs, and their production history.

Key Concepts:
**Giant petroleum fields
**Tectonic settings of giant fields
**Giant Field Trends
**Deepwater Discoveries
**Stratigraphic Controlled Giant Fields
**Salt Domes
**Deltaic Reservoirs
**Carbonate Reservoirs
**Deep Marine Clastics Reservoirs
**Basin Modeling
**Unconventional resources
**fractured reservoirs
**hydraulic fracturing
**CO2 enhanced oil recovery
**reservoir characterization and 3D seismic
**seismic imaging and reservoir / stratigraphic definition
**offshore seismic data acquisition techniques

Global map of giant oil and gas fields. Green represents oil fields, and red represents gas fields.

About this Course
Unit I:  Definition of Giant Oil and Gas Fields
Unit II:  The First Giant Oil and Gas Fields
Unit III:  Expanding Onshore and Offshore
Unit IV:  New Technologies, New Giants

Instructor-Guided Course:
Would you like to work with an instructor and to earn AAPG Continuing Education credits and be a part of AAPG certification?
Contact AAPG to register, and to find where to email responses to questions.  You will receive personal, guided instruction from an AAPG instructor, an expert in the field.