The petroleum industry continues to hold a dominant position in the Western Australian economy. According to the Department of Industry and Resources’ Western Australian Oil and Gas Review, the value of petroleum sales in 2005-06 amounted to A$15.2 billion, or 37% of the total value of Western Australia’s mineral and petroleum sales. In 2005, WA accounted for 70% of Australia’s national crude oil and condensate production and 66% of Australia’s natural gas production. While most of Western Australia’s operating fields are mature and decreasing in annual production, many new projects are constantly under consideration as new fields are discovered.
The technology associated with drilling and completing wells has advanced substantially in the past 15 years and continues to progress both in terms of the equipment available and the methodologies deployed. These advances have been driven primarily by the need to reduce well costs, increase access to new reserves and re-exploit mature reservoirs. The cost of drilling, completing and operating wells is the most expensive investment in many developments. Optimisation of investment is balanced between how the increased costs of technology can reduce production costs per barrel while maintaining operational effectiveness throughout the mining process.
Our postgraduate courses in petroleum engineering are taught by professionals with many years experience in the oil and gas industry. Units are taught in short, intensive study periods. Close to half of each course is devoted to applying the knowledge you have gained to practical problems and relevant design assignments utilising real oil and gas field data.