Introduction to Reservoir Engineering

Adetokunbo Denloye, Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering
University of Lagos


This course introduces students to the sustainable exploitation of natural gas and oil resources. Students are introduced to the structure of a petroleum reservoir and factors that assure the safe and sustainable exploitation of resources. Students gain an understanding of the challenges involved in exploring and exploiting petroleum resources for the benefit of man

Course Size:

Course Format:
Lecture only

Institution Type:
University with graduate programs, including doctoral programs

Course Context:

This course is an elective, an introductory course with no electives. This course is open to students in the Faculties of Science as well as Engineering. 80% of the class are Engineering majors

Course Content:

Students are introduced to the following
Nature of a Petroleum reservoir
Geophysical techniques for exploring for petroleum resources
Drilling for oil and gas
Recovery of petroleum resources
Health Safety Environmental and Security issuesstudents
Challenges of sustainability

Course Goals:

Students will have an understanding of the technical as well as economic and social issues involved in the sustainable exploitation of petroleum and natural gas resources

Course Features:

instruction is mainly by lectures supplemented by video presentations and class tutorials. Students in a group of 4 address the feasibility of proposed projects in different settings?

Course Philosophy:

This course is designed to kindle an interest in reservoir engineering to other students not studying geo--sciences


The assessment is done in 3 ways
  1. A final exam
  2. Assessment of group project
  3. Assessment of tutorials/essaysPetroleum Reservoir


Teaching Materials:

References and Notes:

Petroleum Reservoir Engineering practice by Nnaemeka Ezekwe
Standard Handbook of Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering
Lyons and Plisga
Natural gas Engineering handbook
Go andGhalambor