MOOC Oil and Gas

From exploration to distribution

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4 weeks

2-3 hours of work per week

Interactive games: learn whilst having fun!

Certificate of achievement

October 30, 2017

Dear all, 

Inscriptions to the 2017 edition of our MOOC on the Oil & Gas chain: "From exploration to distribution" are closed. 

More than 24,300 people from 151 countries participated in this third edition. 

On behalf of the MOOC team, thank you very much for your interest in our MOOC program, we will inform you for the future.

Best regards,

Prof. Jean-Pierre Deflandre

Project leader

Program of the MOOC

  • After successfully completing this course, participants will be able to:

          Describe the international energy scene and the issues at stake in the oil and gas industry – i.e. consumers, producers, main actors and prices

          Describe the main processes and techniques of oil and gas exploration and production – i.e. geosciences, drilling and production – and describe their cost structure and their legal framework

          Describe the main operations in refining, petrochemistry and gas processes and assess the diversity of products and the interactions between those three industries

          Describe the specificities of the marketing and distribution of oil and gas and their products.

  • Get ready for the 2nd generation MOOC!

    IFP School is a unique graduate university which promotes “learning by doing”.

    Benefiting from our first MOOC experience, we will make optimal use of our know-how in creating MOOCs specialized in Oil & Gas.

    All the evaluation quizzes will be replaced by interactive games. You will experience a new way of learning. You will have the opportunity to apply your knowledge to real cases!                    

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  • You will explore the international energy scene and the global economic environment, resulting in a better understanding of the major oil and gas issues. Then you will analyze the parameters which influence prices of crude oil and understand the hedging techniques available.

    You will learn about source rock formation, the maturing of organic matter and hydrocarbon migration and underground trapping . You will understand what we mean by conventional and unconventional hydrocarbon resources and you will then be able to understand the challenge of changing resources into reserves.


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  • You will discover petroleum geosciences : from sedimentary basin assessment, seismic imaging and reservoir characterization, prospect definition to discovery evaluation and reservoir appraisal

    You will then gain a better understanding of the reserve estimate and development strategy of an oil or gas field: especially the principles of reservoir characterization and engineering including reservoir modeling and development.

  • Then you will review drilling operations, well architecture and equipment. Finally, you will learn about the challenges of designing surface facilities with a special focus on offshore production.

    The next part will be dedicated to Exploration and Production rules and players and the future technological challenges.

    You will learn about the main refining processes and their operating characteristics and understand the relation between quality requirements, processes used and composition of final products. Then you will learn the basic knowledge of gas production and treatment.

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  • You will discover the petrochemical and plastic industries and more specifically all the processes to transform naphta and gas into petrochemical bases and polymers and, afterwards, the various types of plastics and polymers.

    Then you will understand the interactions between refining, petrochemistry and the gas industry.

    Finally, you will learn about oil logistics, gas logistics and all the specificities of marketing and distribution of oil and gas products.


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Presentation of the faculty

  • Arash Farnoosh is the program supervisor of the Master in Petroleum Economics and Management, Supervisor of the Executive Master of Management in Energy and Executive Master of International Oil and Gas Leadership. He gives and coordinates courses on power generation, techno-economics in the energy sector and utility management. His main areas of expertise are energy economics and power generation from both conventional and renewable resources and their associated markets. More information on Arash Farnoosh
    Arash Farnoosh 

    Sidney Lambert-Lalitte is a lecturer specialized in economics and the environment and, in particular, in the tools used to reduce CO2 emissions (carbon markets, environmental tax systems…). His main areas of study are Energy Economics and Climate Change and also Business Models for populations at the bottom of the economic pyramid. More information on Sidney Lambert-Lalitte
    Sidney Lambert Lalitte 

  • Jean-Claude Heidmann is the Director of the Center for Exploration-Production. In this capacity he is responsible for all the IFP School programs pertaining to the upstream oil and gas sector. Previously he has held various leadership responsibilities in a major oil company in the field of exploration and especially in new ventures. More information on Jean-Claude Heidmann
    Jean-Claude Heidmann 

    Jean-Pierre Deflandre is a Professor in the Center for Exploration-Production. He covers unconventional hydrocarbons and CO2 management and has been in charge during the last six years of European R&D projects on CO2 geological storage at IFP Energies nouvelles (CO2ReMoVe and CO2CARE). He has a 30-year experience in different R&D domains.
    Jean-Pierre is a member of GEP-AFTP in charge of the CO2 think tank. He is also an active member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, having served as the 2011-2013 section officer for France. He is now the SPE Faculty Advisor for IFP School and is member of the board of the French section. He wrote more than 70 publications and 7 patents. Jean-Pierre is the project leader of the Oil & Gas MOOC: from exploration to distribution. More information on Jean-Pierre Deflandre
    Jean Pierre Deflandre 

    Anne Jardin is a Professor in Petroleum Geosciences in the Center for Exploration-Production. Formerly, as a research geophysicist, she was specialized in seismic imaging methods for complex geological zones and seismic inversion (tomography and stratigraphy). Presently at IFP School she teaches seismic interpretation and reservoir geophysics and develops integrated case studies in reservoir exploration and development. More information on Anne Jardin
    Anne Jardin

    Carla Castillo joined IFP School in 2016 after several years of industrial experience in Venezuela and France. She is Program Supervisor for the Master in Reservoir Geoscience and Engineering. Her main technical interests are in integrated reservoir studies, reservoir monitoring and simulation.. More information on Carla Castillo
    carla castillo

    Jean-Marie Voirin has been involved in IFP School activities since 2007,his main field of expertise is Reservoir Engineering. Previously, he held several Reservoir Engineering and managerial positions in upstream affiliates of a major oil company.  
    Jean Marie Voirin

    Isabelle Rey-Fabret is the Deputy Director of the Center for Exploration-Production, she is also Associate Professor playing an active part in the production management course. She holds a PhD on neural networks and signal processing. Her specialty is well performance. She has been previously involved in several projects, which have resulted in the publication of many papers and patents. More information on Isabelle Rey-Fabret
    Isabelle Rey Fabret

  • Jean-Luc Monsavoir is the Director of the Center for Refining Petrochemicals, Gas. His expertise includes: design of new and revamps of refining units, troubleshooting, operational and maintenance support, safety and environmental issues of operating plants and terminals, project execution and benchmarking. More information on Jean-Luc Monsavoir
    Jean Luc Monsavoir

    Michel Duc is a specialist in petrochemical products & processes. He works for Total's Strategy, Research & Innovation in Paris and is an occasional lecturer at IFP School. More information on Michel Duc
    Michel Duc

    Céline Pierre is the Program Supervisor of the Master in Processes and Polymers. She holds a PhD On Rheology of heavy crudes. She has previous work experience as a process engineer in radical emulsion polymerization and polycondensation. For four years she was in charge of the following assignments: pilot tests, interface between R&D teams and industrial plants during the industrialization of new products, troubleshooting at the plants, best practices discussion with industrial sites. More information on Céline Pierre
    Celine Pierre

    Olivier Bernaert is a lecturer in the Center for Refining, Petrochemicals and Gas. After years of experience in refineries and refining including a post as head of a process department, he now gives lectures on various topics such as sweetening units, technical assistance in refineries (troubleshooting and unit debottlenecking), energy efficiency in process and physicochemical properties of oil cuts. More information on Olivier Bernaert
    Olivier Bernaert

    Christine Travers is the Dean of IFP School. She holds a PhD in Petroleum Sciences. In addition to lecturing in Catalysis and Refining, in France and abroad, she has filed 66 patents, written 58 publications and has participated in the writing of 2 books.
    Chritine Travers

  • Ludivine Pidol holds a PhD in Chemistry. She is a professor in the Centre of IC Engine and Hydrocarbon Utilizations. She coordinates several teaching units within various programs such as Powertrain Engineering. She also gives lessons on Motor Fuels and Lubricants. Her research experience focuses on matching Engines and Fuels in the field of Biodiesel and Biokerosene. More information on Ludivine Pidol
    Ludivine Pidol

Testimonial 1st edition

  • "I have already finished the course. Last 4 week have been very interesting, thank you so much IFP School and TOTAL for sharing so interesting material!"

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  • "Hi Unow, First I'll like to commend IFP and Total for this excellent idea and initiative. The idea is just as excellent as the opportunity it has clearly offered participants."

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  • "Par ailleurs, je tenais a remercier sincèrement l'équipe qui a préparé un superbe cours et s'est toujours montrée très réactive face aux revendications des nombreux étudiants!"

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