Turning offshore oil and gas production more sustainable
Production of oil and gas is what fuels societies and economies and will despite the increasing focus on renewable energy production and sustainability maintain this position in a substantial transition period. Therefore, there is a need to make oil and gas production more sustainable, optimize the recovery and separation processes involved using less chemicals and less energy for reducing the environmental impact and increasing cost efficiency.
Choosing the Chemical Engineering master programme at AAU Esbjerg with specialization in Oil and Gas Technology you will learn all aspects related to topside unit operations and process technology as well as safety related to oil and gas production. You will focus on the processing of the production fluids above the seabed and the separation of the oil and gas from the significant and increasing amounts of water produced from the subsurface. You will learn the processes used to purify the oil and gas products and the treatment of the produced water. The holistic focus of your education will be to increase the sustainability of the production by optimizations and introduction of new processes and concepts aimed at better separation, reducing the use of chemicals, reducing the need of flaring and increasing the level of produced water treatment and preventing discharge of chemicals to the sea.
You become a highly skilled technical expert, and you learn to consider the importance of economic and environmental aspects. You learn to work, collaborate and navigate in an international academic environment often in close collaboration with industry. The programme give you the skill set for working in a globalised world and you will be exposed to different cultures and ways of collaboration that will prepare you to life after graduation. You will gain knowledge about the oil and gas production industry and consultancy and how its organized and operates. In well-equipped labs you will be able to tests your ideas and concepts and you will learn to develop mathematical models of the processes you are investigating and to apply different types of software for simulation and optimisation.
Through extensive project work, you will have plenty of opportunities to test you own ideas and theories and possibly in cooperation with Danish or international companies. This provides you with insight into the world outside of the university and with a professional network that you can use for future job opportunities.
This is a full-time study programme, which is characterised by problem based project work in groups. You will be working closely with other students most of the time, and you are required to be present at the university on a daily basis and spend a vast majority of your day there. The Master’s programme entitles you to the designation Master of Science (MSc) in Engineering (Chemical Engineering – specialization in Oil and Gas Technology).
Job opportunities in the offshore or onshore oil and gas industry are good, when graduating from the Chemical Engineering programme. Your future workplace could be a consultancy, within an operator or one of the many companies supplying knowledge, skills, competences and materials to the sector.