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Shale, Tight & Unconventional Gas Fundamentals
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Shale, Tight & Unconventional Gas Fundamentals

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Key Learning Objectives

  • Understand geologic definitions and reservoir characteristics of shale and tight
  • Explore various concepts, terminology, oil and gas composition and processing
  • Compare and contrast conventional and unconventional reservoirs
  • Review the 10 key US developments that have allowed unconventional to exceed conventional
  • Assess the impacts of unconventionals on global markets and activity
    Comprehend the reasons why shale and tight rock had been overlooked for so long
  • Appreciate lessons from Australia CSG that apply to shale development
  • Discover 7 critical issues for evaluating development potential in new areas
  • Identify the equipment and services required for shale and tight rock reservoirs
  • Understand well design options and issues
  • Analyse methods and tests to calculate oil and gas volumes and forecast production rates
  • Review hydraulic fracturing, its design features and environmental issues

About the Course

This 2-day introductory course explains what is unique about developing oil and gas from shale and tight rock reservoirs.

Several examples and videos will also be presented to help provide an overview of the fundamental terms and concepts applied in developing oil and gas reservoirs. This course is most appropriate for those involved with the oil and gas industry who would like more information about the terminology and technical aspects of development, and possible environmental issues such as fracking, without digging deeply into the technical details normally reserved for specialists.

The demand for this course has been driven by the huge recent success in extracting both oil and gas from these abundant, though complex reservoirs. The success has disrupted local and global energy markets and forecasts and has significantly changed the essential training requirements for companies, universities and individuals.

Who Will Benefit

This course will benefit all industry stakeholders who require basic knowledge of the technical and operational issues involved with shale gas, shale oil or tight reservoir development.

  • Oil and gas industry participants
  • Investors and industry analysts
  • Service and equipment providers
  • Regulators
  • Support staff (accountants, IT, human resources, administrative, procurement, legal and land representatives, etc.)


“Expert knowledge, open nature and willingness to answer any questions asked. Great course which was thoroughly informative and the presenter was excellent.”
Policy Officer, Department of Industry

Terms & Conditions

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Course Outline


  • Industry terminology
  • Rock characteristics
  • Unconventionals versus conventionals
  • Emergence of unconventionals
  • Development keys
  • Development team members
  • Well design
  • Artificial lift features and options
  • Terminology review

Hydrocarbon fundamentals

  • Natural gas processing
  • Oil processing
  • Natural gas valuation
  • Oil valuation
  • Source rock
  • Petroleum systems

Hydraulic fracturing

  • Frac overview
  • Frac equipment
  • Frac mechanics
  • Design issues
  • Application options
  • Frac fluids
  • Water quality and treatment
  • Monitoring methods
  • Flow back
  • Environmental issues

Drilling and completions

  • Vertical well options
  • Horizontal well basics
  • Verticals versus horizontals
  • Advances in horizontal well completions
  • Drilling challenges


  • Process basics
  • S1
  • Gas content
  • Adsorption defined

Electric logging

  • Basic measurements
  • Objectives

Holes versus wells

  • Objectives
  • Characteristics
  • Site selection
  • Other abused terms

Unconventional versus conventional reservoirs and global trends

  • Exploration
  • Team member characteristics and skills
  • Development approach
  • Australia opportunities and activities
  • Global activities and trends

Production forecasting

  • Forecasting basics
  • Forecasting options
  • Geologic, hydrocarbon and mechanical influences


  • Terminology
  • Reserve categories
  • Economic analysis basics
  • Commercial considerations

Environmental impacts and challenges

  • Spills and emissions
  • Safety issues
  • Surface impacts
  • Social impacts
  • Comparisons to other energy sources
  • Variable perspectives

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Sushil Kunwar
Training Consultant
+61 (0)2 9080 4395

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