TPG4245 - Production Wells


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment
Grade: Letters

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Exercises/project 40/100
Home examination 60/100 4 hours

Course content

The course is teaching a selection of topics in petroleum production engineering and skills needed for the planning, and operation of oil and gas wells and to understand, model and analyze their production performance. Topics typically covered in the course are: flow equilibrium, inflow performance relationship of radial and horizontal wells, inflow control, tubing performance of dry gas and multiphase flow, artificial lift and temperature calculations in pipes.

Learning outcome

Ingress: The students should understand the fundamentals of petroleum production engineering.

Knowledge: At the end of the term, students should understand the fundamentals of petroleum production engineering. Students should be able to describe the main components of the production system. Students should be able to describe the most common well completions, artificial lift methods and configurations of production systems. Students should be able to describe, understand and explain the functionality of the main components of a production system. Students should understand the factors involved in the planning and operation of oil and gas wells. The students should understand the inflow performance of a well, the fundamentals of flow equilibrium calculations and the flow performance of conduits. Students should understand and recognize the decision variables, objectives and constraints involved in well planning.

Skills: At the end of the term, the student should be able to perform production engineering calculations such as flow equilibrium in production systems, estimation of inflow performance relationship and capture the effect of depletion, tubing performance relationship, flow equilibrium calculations with gas-lift and electric submersible pumps. Computational tools typically used during the course are Excel, Excel VBA and Prosper, although other tools are sometimes employed.

The students should be able to be self-critical and quality control their results, analyze them and perform sensitivity studies. The students should be able to develop their own computational tools to study simple cases or to use wisely and critically premade routines and simulators.

General competences: The student should be able to learn to solve engineering problems and develop and practice engineering modeling and programming skills. The student should be able to develop critical engineering thinking. The student should be able to practice and develop written engineering communications skills.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, exercises and project work. The exercises and the project are compulsory and account for 40% of the final grade of the course.

During the course the students will develop computational workflows and routines (typically using Excel sheets). The students will also use some pre-made utilities and commercial simulators such as Prosper.

The course is taught in English.

A reference group will be established to evaluate the teaching activities.

Compulsory assignments

  • Exercises
  • Exercises

Further on evaluation

Portfolio assessment is the basis for the grade in the course. The portfolio includes a final written exam (60%) and evaluation of compulsory exercises/project (40%). The results for the parts are given in %-scores, while the entire portfolio is assigned a letter grade. There may be additional compulsory exercises not amounting to the final grade, conducted during the semester. The examination papers will be given in English only. Students are free to choose Norwegian or English for written assessments. If there is a re-sit examination, the form of assessment may be changed from written to oral examination. For a re-take of an examination, all assessments during the course must be re-taken.

Specific conditions

Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Course materials

Given at semester start.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
SIG4095 7.5
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2021

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Petroleum Engineering - Production Engineering
  • Technological subjects
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Geoscience and Petroleum


Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Exercises/project 40/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD Home examination 60/100





Room Building Number of candidates
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