Project Management in the Upstream Oil and Gas Industry

An In-Person Training Course by Esanda.


    In-House sessions are available upon request.

    Course Overview:

    The course provides an overview of the elements of project management involved in the upstream oil and gas exploration and production industry required to take a project from an idea to full field development for both non-technical and technical staff. The principles of project management and the different stages of development and project execution will be considered.


    The Course Is Designed For:

    • Professionals who work within the industry
    • Exploration teams
    • Development teams
    • Technical support staff
    • Students considering the industry as a career


    Your Instructor:

    Ron Roberts

    – Member of Institute of Petroleum
    – Shell UK Offshore Installation Manager qualifications certificate
    – Fully SQA / OPITO accredited D32/33/34 Trainer/Assessor & Verifier (SQA No. 977095166)

    38 years oil and industry experience, primarily 22 years with Shell (UK) Ltd as Offshore Installation Manager, with £34 million budget responsibility, reporting directly to Senior Management, and latterly with Kellogg Brown & Root and Sasol (South Africa) as Operations Support Manager, Field Operations Manager (FOM) and Training Manager.

    Ron has as a sound knowledge of drilling, oil & gas operations on land based, floating, fixed platforms & plants. This includes Safety Management, in Drilling, Well Servicing, Inspection, Audit, Training and Assessment expertise to ISO 9000 (2002) standards and ISO 14001.

    Experienced upstream oil and gas industry training consultant in Operations and Emergency Management, with full SQA/OPITO accreditation as D32/33/34 competency assessor & verifier.

    Trained and assessed Plant Managers, Offshore Installation Managers, Control Room Operators and other drilling and operational personnel in Safety and Emergency Management to full OPITO standards in the UK and at remote overseas locations. Responsible for the development, planning, management, coordination and implementation of major O&M Training/Competency Assessment systems at oil and gas plants in Russia, Egypt, Bangladesh and Mozambique.


    Course Outline:


    • Project management
    • The oil and gas lifecycle
    • Project stages

    Oil and Gas Industry

    • Overview of the industry
    • Exploration
    • Drilling
    • Development
    • Markets

    Project Management

    • What is a project
    • Project lifecycle
    • Project methodologies
    • Project levels of management
    • Project organisation structures
    • Project triangle

    Project Risk

    • Risk and uncertainty
    • Risk management systems

    Project Contracts

    • Standard contracts
    • Exploration
    • FEED
    • Final investment decision (FID)
    • Engineering (EPC, EPIC)
    • Project management contractor(PMC)

    Project Scheduling

    • Considerations
    • Tendering
    • Fast track

    Uncertainty & Contingency

    • Subsurface uncertainty
    • Reserves uncertainty
    • Cost contingency

    Project Cost

    • Cost development
    • Cost accuracy
    • Cost control
    • Operator’s reserve

    Project Case studies

    Course Curriculum

    Project Management in the Upstream Oil and Gas Industry 1 day, 11 hours

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    Esanda is an independent upstream oil and gas consultancy specialising in industry specific training and field development planning services. Our operations are supported by our UK and Australia offices. Our training providers are practicing industry specialists who develop our in house courses and work with clients to build bespoke training for their staff.We pride ourselves on being able to bring hundreds of man years of experience to the training sector and the positive feedback we receive from our satisfied clients.
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