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Sediments, Liquid Fuels and Energy Security - GEOS309

This units focuses on developing an advanced level of understanding of sedimentary rocks, oil and gas. The latter are a major and key component of Australia's energy supply, but have significant negative impacts on our environment. To refine the balance between fossil fuel exploitation and negative environmental impacts, it is important to understand how oil and gas are formed, how they are discovered and recovered, and how they can be utilised in less environmentally harmful ways. This unit combines geological and geochemical approaches to investigate exploration and production methods for crude oil, natural gas, coal bed methane and shale gas. The key components of the petroleum system from source rocks formation through generation, expulsion, migration, accumulation and alteration in reservoirs are studied, as are mechanisms for oil and gas production from conventional and unconventional reservoirs. Geothermal energy is also assessed. Similar technologies are also utilised for geosequestration of CO2 from burning coal ('clean coal'), and the opportunities for this in Australia are assessed. Many geological jobs are available in the oil and gas industries, and it is clear that in the next 10 years there will be a surge in jobs related to unconventional energy such as geothermal, coal bed methane, shale gas, and the geosequestration of CO2 from burning coal.

Credit Points: 3
When Offered:

S2 Day - Session 2, North Ryde, Day

S2 External - Session 2, External

Staff Contact(s): Professor Simon George

GEOS206 and GEOS226 Prerequisite Information


3cp from GEOS units at 300 level

Unit Designation(s):


Unit Type:
Assessed As: Graded
Offered By:

Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences

Faculty of Science and Engineering

Timetable Information

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