Undergraduate prospectus

Course Information

Processing, Storage and Transportation of Oil and Gas; Alternative Sources of Energy

Module summary

Module code: OTEC1015
Level: 7
Credits: 15
School: Engineering and Science
Department: Applied Engineering and Mgt.
Module Coordinator(s): Babak Jafarizadeh


Pre and co requisites



This course aims to provide the student with the knowledge and practice of extraction, processing, storage and transportation methods and logistics of the principal sources of energy, with emphasis on oil and gas. Upon completion of this course, the student will therefore be able to critically evaluate and compare the
technologies and economics relating to the alternative options available in the supply chain for fuels and energy from the stages of extraction to final transportation and delivery to consumers. As oil and gas are usually transported over long distances by sea or land, an in depth understanding of the crude oil and products tankers, LNG and LPG carriers and pipelines and land networks becomes essential. However, as liquid fossil fuels become scarce commodities in the long run of global evolution, this course includes an overview of the alternative energy sources currently available and growing in importance and contribution to the markets with emphasis on renewable sources.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course a student will be able to:
Learning Outcome

1 Critically understand the methods of extraction, processing and storage of oil and gas and the risks to the environment that these operations imply.

2 Develop a critical understanding of the transport logistics of crude and processed oil and gas and the markets relating to the oil and products tankers, LNG and LPG carriers and pipelines and land networks.

3 Reflect on the alternative energy sources for the future with particular emphasis on renewables.

Indicative content

1. Processing of Oil & Gas
 Exploration
 Methods of extraction: Drilling, Shale Oil, Off-shore etc.
 Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) vs Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG): chemical properties and market importance
 Fracking: the new opportunities
 Oil & Gas Specifications: Basic Chemistry and Energy Conversion
 Refining, Purification and Liquefaction
 Environmental Impact

2. Storage of Oil & Gas
 Oil Storage
 Natural Gas Storage
 Oil Port & Terminal Facilities
 Gas Port & Terminal Facilities
 Tankers and Gas Carriers as Storage Facilities

3. Transportation of Oil & Gas
 Introduction to Transport Logistics
 By sea: Tankers, LNG & LPG Carriers: Shipping Markets and Costs
 By Land: Pipelines and land transportation networks: Economics and Geopolitical Risks

4. Alternative Sources of Energy
 Coal
 Nuclear
 Energy from Water (Hydroelectric, Tidal, Ocean Currents, Waves) Solar
 Wind Geothermal Biomass
 Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC)

Teaching and learning activity

Teaching is by formal lectures, tutorials and seminar discussion. Special guest lectures and industry visits as appropriate.


Methods of SUMMATIVE Assessment: Essay.
Outcome(s) assessed by summative assessment:1-3.
Weighting % 60%
Pass Mark 40%
50% overall
Word Length 3,000
Outline Details: Essay submission assignment consisting of case study based reflection - on (a) Processing; (b) Storage; (c) Transportation for the Oil and Gas.

Methods of SUMMATIVE Assessment: Exam.
Outcome(s) assessed by summative assessment:All.
Weighting % 40%
Pass Mark 50%
Word Length n/a
Outline Details:Closed exam.

Are students required to pass all components in order to pass the course? Yes.