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GSU3 International Oil and Gas Logistics

GSU3 International Oil and Gas Logistics

Course code: 
GSU3
Course name: 
International Oil and Gas Logistics
Program of study: 
Master of Science in Sustainable Energy Logistics
Course name in Norwegian Bokmål: 
International Oil and Gas Logistics
Course name in Norwegian Nynorsk: 
International Oil and Gas Logistics
Campus: 
Moscow
Credits: 
5
Level of study: 
Master
Teaching semester: 
2017 Spring
Assessment semester: 
2017 Spring
Language of instruction: 
English
Language of examination: 
English
Language of litterature: 
English
Recommended previous knowledge

Equivalent to requirements for the MSc program in logistics

Course content

The aim of the course is to study main logistics issues for crude oil exporting countries and their companies, and study specific items concerning the international flows of hydrocarbon raw materials and petroleum products. It covers points of origin of crude oil and petroleum products (mainly maritime ports and their characteristics), final points of destination (ports, refineries), pipeline systems in different regions in the world for crude oil, petroleum products and natural gas. The course describes and analyses three main oil and gas supply chain blocks – marine terminals, oil depot, and pipelines. Several forms of industrial companies are presented including vertical integrated oil companies and independent companies. The course deals with the world tanker fleet and conditions of transportation (freight, price formation, types of tankers and their use for different routes etc.), both for oil, petroleum products and liquefied natural gas. It considers logistics costs including transportation, storage, cargo transshipment, pumping etc. Several technological issues (characteristics of refineries, conditions of transportation of oil and petroleum products using tankers or via pipeline etc.) will be discussed from the logistics point of view.
The main topics of the course are:

  • World resources of oil, gas and coal and their location, and their evaluation in terms of transport accessibility.
  • Organizational form of oil and gas companies, vertically integrated oil and gas companies, independent oil and gas producers, service oil and gas companies;
  • Means of delivering oil, oil products, and liquefied natural gas to the world markets.
  • Infrastructure for transportation of hydrocarbons. Transportation and storage of oil, gas and petroleum products, and their place in petroleum supply chain. Characteristics of global network of maritime oil and liquefied natural gas transportation.
  • Maritime terminals, their role as logistics centers. Operations at the independent offshore crude oil and petroleum product terminal for bunkering trade. Measurement and calculation of cargo (Gross Volume, Net Volume). Draft survey. Use of trade information systems for managing sales operations;
  • Oil depot as an object of dispatch control, its operations divided into transshipment, distribution, and technological units. Main depot operations: receiving, storage, rental, metering and accounting. Operations management;
  • Control of operating modes of trunk oil and petroleum products pipelines. Tasks dispatching services at various levels of management and the order of interaction between them. Technical documentation dispatchers. Procedure for acceptance of operations in the pipeline system. Record of the number and definition of quality of oil. System changes in the quantity and quality parameters of oil. Scheme of normal (technological) oil traffic.
  • Main routes of oil and petroleum products supply. Problems of hydrocarbon flow transit. Overview of the major maritime routes, and the largest transport companies. Energy security and transport routes.
Learning outcome

After the completing the course students will get in-depth knowledge of main world oil and gas sources location (as a starting points in supply chain) and main destination points, world transport system, transport expenses in different regional of oil and gas markets. Students will also know managerial processes in frame of oil and gas supply chain, specific problems and solutions associated to the management of logistics activities and significant points like supply management of oil and gas depot, maritime ports depot, supply of refineries, distribution of products in relation to petroleum logistics, basics of calculation of capacities, transportation possibilities.

Working and learning activities

Two weeks of intensive teaching, 15 hours of lectures per week.

Curriculum

Relevant litterature:

Oil and gas production handbook: An introduction to oil and gas production, transport, refining and petrochemical industry, ABB oil and Gas, 2013.
Burns, M.G., Port Management and Operations, CRC Press, 2014.
Valois, P. Tankers: An Introduction to the Transportation of Oil by Sea, Witherby, 1997.
Crude Oil Tanker Basics, Witherby, Seamanship International, 2009.
Miesner, T.O., Leffler, W. L., Oil & Gas Pipelines in Nontechnical Language, Penwell, 2006.

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