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Glossary of Oil and Gas Terms

Glossary of Oil and Gas Terms

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  • Alkylation
  • Aromatics
  • Associated Gas
  • Benzene
  • Butane (C4H10)
  • Carbon
  • Carbon Monoxide (CO)
  • Chlorofluorocarbon (CFC)
  • Coal
  • Condensate
  • Drilling Mud / Fluid
  • Drilling Mud Nomenclature
  • Dry gas
  • Esters
  • Ethanol
  • Ethene
  • Gasoline
  • Greenhouse Gases
  • Halons
  • Heavy oil
  • Hexane
  • Hydrogen (H)
  • Hydrogenation
  • Light oil
  • Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG)
  • Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS)
  • Mercaptans
  • Methane (CH4)
  • Natural Gas
  • Natural Gas Liquid (NGL)
  • Oil
  • Olefins
  • Ozone
  • Pentane
  • Petrolatum
  • Petroleum
  • Petroleum products
  • Propane (C3H8)
  • Sour gas
  • Synthetic Natural Gas (SNG)
  • Wet Gas
  • Environment
  • Environmental controls
  • Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)
  • Generic Hazard
  • Reasonably Practicable
  • Risk Management
  • Air gun
  • Annulus
  • Appraisal drilling
  • Appraisal well
  • Bottom-hole assembly
  • Capping
  • Casing
  • Choke
  • Circulation
  • Coiled tubing
  • Compensator
  • Conductor
  • Deep-Water Discovery
  • Derrick
  • Discovery well
  • Drill bit
  • Drill collars
  • Drill cuttings
  • Drilling Muds / Fluid
  • Drill-string
  • Dry Hole
  • Farm-in
  • Geophysics
  • Gravity surveys
  • Kick
  • Killing a well
  • Liner
  • Plugging
  • Rotary Drilling
  • Rotary Table / Drilling Table
  • Round trip
  • Seismic surveys
  • Shale shaker
  • Sidetrack Drilling
  • Spud
  • Suspended discovery
  • Three-dimensional Seismic / 3-D Seismic
  • Top drive
  • Upstream
  • Well completion
  • Well Nomenclature (E&A)
  • Wildcat
  • Anticline
  • Aquifer
  • Capillaries
  • Carboniferous
  • Cretaceous
  • Devonian
  • Fault
  • Formation Pressure
  • Geology
  • Igneous rocks
  • Impermeable
  • Magma
  • Mature
  • Miocene
  • Oligocene
  • Permeable
  • Permian
  • Plate Tectonics
  • Play
  • Pleistocene
  • Pliocene
  • Precambrian
  • Quaternary
  • Sedimentary rock
  • Source rocks
  • Stratigraphic traps
  • Subsalt
  • Tertiary
  • Timescale
  • Trap
  • Triassic
  • Annex B
  • BNOC
  • Continental Shelf Act
  • DG
  • DTI
  • EU
  • Framework Convention on Climate Change
  • Gas Act 1995
  • Licence Nomenclature (UK Onshore)
  • Licence Nomenclature (UKCS)
  • Licensee(s)
  • Operator
  • PEDL
  • Petroleum (Production) Act 1934
  • UKCS Key Dates
  • Unitisation
  • Abandonment / Decommissioning
  • Acid stimulation
  • Acoustic log
  • Air injection
  • Artificial lift
  • Blow-down
  • Casing perforation
  • Cathodic protection
  • Closed-in
  • Commingling
  • Deviated well
  • Development
  • Development well
  • Dual Completion
  • Enhanced reach
  • Field
  • Field Nomenclature
  • Flare Stack
  • Gas Cap
  • Gas/Condensate field
  • Gas gathering system
  • Gas Injection (GI)
  • Gas lift
  • Gas Oil Ratio (GOR)
  • Gas Treatment
  • Gravity Structures
  • Horizontal well
  • Marine Riser
  • Module
  • Multilateral well
  • Odorant
  • Offshore Oil Loading Nomenclature
  • Oil in Place (OIP)
  • Piling
  • Pipeline
  • Plateau
  • Platform Nomenclature
  • Preventative maintenance
  • Produced Water
  • Production Drilling
  • Production Installation
  • Recovery Factor
  • Redetermination
  • Reserves: Possible
  • Reserves: Proven
  • Reservoir
  • Reservoir drive
  • Satellite Installation
  • Secondary Recovery
  • Slug catcher
  • Sub-sea wellhead
  • Substructure
  • Tension Leg Platform
  • Tertiary Recovery
  • Tubing
  • Topsides
  • Water Injection (WI)
  • Well Nomenclature (Field)
  • Workover
  • Accident
  • Blow-out Preventers (BOPs)
  • Danger
  • Dangerous occurrence
  • Fatal Accident Frequency Rate (FAFR)
  • Fatality
  • Flash Point
  • Gas Detector
  • Hazard
  • Incident
  • Injury Frequency (IF)
  • Injury Rate (IR)
  • Injury Severity Rate (ISR)
  • Lost Time Injury (LTI)
  • Near miss / accident
  • Permit-to-Work (PTW)
  • Personal Protection Equipment (PPE)
  • Risk
  • Risk Assessment
  • Barge
  • Drill Ship
  • Floating Vessel Nomenclature
  • Jack-up Rig
  • Lay barge
  • Lightering
  • LNG Carrier
  • Semi-submersible Rig
  • ULCC
  • VLCC


Alkylation Refining process for converting light, gaseous olefins into high-octane gasoline components (reverse of cracking). Aromatics Class of hydrocarbons that have at least one benzene ring as part of their structure. Generally describes benzene and benzene derivatives. Associated Gas Natural gas associated with oil accumulations, either dissolved in oil or found as a cap of free gas above oil in reservoir.

Benzene An aromatic hydrocarbon present to a minor degree in most crude oils. (Products manufactured from benzene include styrene, phenol, nylon and synthetic detergents.) Butane (C4H10) Either of two saturated hydrocarbons, or alkanes, with chemical formula. In both compounds carbon atoms are joined in an open chain. Carbon Atomic number is 6; element is in group 14 (or IVa) of periodic table. Carbon content of a hydrocarbon determines, to a degree, hydrocarbon's burning characteristics and qualities. Carbon Dioxide (CO2)

Colourless, odourless, and slightly acid-tasting gas, sometimes-called carbonic acid gas, molecule of which consists of one atom of carbon joined to two atoms of oxygen. Carbon dioxide in atmosphere tends to prevent escape of outgoing long-wave radiation from Earth to outer space; as more heat is produced and less escapes, temperature of Earth increases. Most important man-made greenhouse gas in UK accounting for 81% of direct global warming potential from national greenhouse emissions in 1990. Carbon Monoxide (CO) Chemical compound of carbon and oxygen. Chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) Synthetic chemical that is odourless, non-toxic, nonflammable, and chemically inert. Released into atmosphere, chlorine-containing chemicals rise and are broken down by

sunlight, whereupon chlorine reacts with and destroys ozone molecules. Coal During Carboniferous period much of world was covered with vegetation growing in swamps. This vegetation died and became submerged under water. As decomposition took place, vegetable matter lost oxygen and hydrogen atoms, leaving a peat deposit with a high percentage of carbon. As time passed, layers of sand and mud settled from water over some of peat deposits. Pressure of these overlying layers, as well as movements of earth's crust and sometimes volcanic heat, acted to compress and harden deposits, thus producing coal. Condensate Liquid mixture of pentane and higher hydrocarbons.

Drilling Mud Nomenclature Oil Based Mud (OBM). Ethanol Chemical formed by fermentation or synthesis. flushing rock cuttings from bottom of well bore to surface.Drilling Mud / Fluid Mixture of base substance and additives used to lubricate drill bit and to counter act natural pressure in formation. Drilling mud provides circulation. Dry gas Or Lean gas is natural gas composed mainly of methane. Esters Compounds formed by combination of acids and alcohols. . Water Based Mud (WBM). Pseudo Oil Based Mud (POBM).

It is slightly soluble in water and is produced in commercial amounts by cracking and fractional distillation of petroleum and from natural gas. Ethylene is a colourless. by thermal or catalytic decomposition of petroleum or its fractions. . Produced by fractional distillation of petroleum. by condensation or adsorption from natural gas.Ethene Or Ethylene simplest member of class of aliphatic organic compounds called alkenes. by hydrogenation of producer gas or coal. Gasoline Mixture of lighter liquid hydrocarbons used chiefly as a fuel for internal-combustion engines. which contain at least one carbon-carbon double bond. slightly sweet-smelling gas of formula H2C=CH2. or by polymerisation of hydrocarbons of lower molecular weight.

Halons Halogenated carbon compounds used in fire extinguishing equipment and contributing to stratospheric ozone depletion. water vapour. Heavy oil Long chains of hydrogen and carbon atoms. CFCs. methane. carbon dioxide. halons and ozone). nitrous oxide. Being phased out under Montreal Protocol. Hydrocarbons . Hexane Petroleum liquid found in small amounts in condensates.Greenhouse Gases Gases that alter thermal properties of atmosphere (for example.

Lightest of all gases. colourless. hydrogen combines with carbon to form a variety of gaseous.Family of organic compounds. composed entirely of carbon and hydrogen (for example. liquid and solid hydrocarbons. Light oil Shorter chains of hydrogen and carbon atoms. coal. odourless. and tasteless gaseous element with atomic number of 1. Element is usually classed in group 1 (or Ia) of periodic table. usually in presence of a catalyst. crude oil and natural gas). Hydrogenation Reacting coal with hydrogen at high pressures. Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) . Hydrogen (H) Reactive.

such as propane. hydrogen and sulphur found in oil and gas.Gas. Mercaptans Strong-smelling compounds of carbon. pentane. liquefied under pressure and low temperature. butane. . Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) Issued by manufacturer of chemical substances that sets out hazards likely to be encountered by those who come into contact with substance. Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) Pressure or refrigeration liquefies lighter hydrocarbons. Added to natural gas for safety reasons. and mixtures of these gases. mainly methane.

Natural Gas Liquid (NGL) Liquid hydrocarbons found in association with natural gas. gas composed of carbon and hydrogen.Methane (CH4) Also marsh gas. often found in association with oil. Natural Gas Gas. Oil and gas production accounted for 2% of national emissions in 1990. first member of paraffin or alkane series of hydrocarbons. occurring naturally. Nitrous Oxide (N2O) . Methane contributed 12% (counting both direct and indirect global warming effects) of UK national greenhouse gas emissions in 1990.

commonly used to manufacture plastics and gasoline. Ozone formed in atmosphere from nitrogen oxides and organic gases emitted by automobiles and industrial sources. Oil Mixture of liquid hydrocarbons of different molecular weights. Ozone Allotropic form of oxygen having three atoms in each molecule. . Examples are ethylene and propylene. formula O3.Nitrous Oxide contributed 5% of direct global warming potential from UK national greenhouse gas emissions in 1990. Olefins Basic chemicals made from oil or natural gas liquids feed stocks.

obtained as residue from petroleum after lighter and more volatile components have been boiled off. NGLs. Petroleum Generic name for hydrocarbons. known as mineral oil. greasy substance. Petrolatum Odourless. including crude oil. known as petroleum jelly in form of a clear to faintly yellow liquid. natural gas and their products. . tasteless. Purified residue is obtained in form of a yellowish or decolourised semisolid. such as propane and butane.Pentane One of lighter hydrocarbons. and mixtures of these gases are liquefied and employed as fuels.

odourless gas of alkane series of hydrocarbons. It occurs in crude oil. in natural gas. and as a by-product of petroleum refining. kerosene. and paraffin consist principally of mixtures of paraffin hydrocarbons. Sour gas Natural gas containing significant quantities of hydrogen sulphide. Sulphur Dioxide (SO2) . heavy fuel oil. which range from lighter liquid members to solid members.Petroleum products Gasoline. petroleum jelly. lubricating oils. Propane (C3H8) Colourless.

unlike greenhouse gases. Synthetic Natural Gas (SNG) Gases made from coals and other hydrocarbon-containing substances. Environmental Air Emissions .Acts as a precursor in formation of sulphate aerosols which. Wet Gas Natural gas having significant amounts of heavier hydrocarbons in gasoline range. have a net negative radiative forcing effect and tend to cool Earth's surface.

including living systems therein. vapours and small particles released into air.Waste gases. Environment External surroundings and conditions in which a company or an individual operates or which may effect. Environmental Management Systems (EMS) . Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Part of project management concerned with identifying through a formal written technical evaluation likely impact (positive and negative) of a proposed development or activity on natural and man-made environment. Environmental controls Put in place to meet or exceed legal requirements and to minimise impact on environment.

physical effect. Generic Hazard Hazard which may be generally present throughout an operation or industry. depending on specific site characteristics. or a condition with potential to harm persons. Reasonably Practicable Risk reduced to levels such that further risk reduction measures would be so disproportionate to probability and consequence that it would be objectively unreasonable to implement them. Hazard Object. . but which may have widely different levels of risk. property or environment.A process that examines environmental factors and activities or processes that industry uses.

Risk Management System that eliminates or mitigates threat from hazards.Risk Measure of likelihood of occurrence of an undesirable event and of potentially adverse consequences. Potential effect of each hazard. Exploration Aero-magnetic surveys . should be considered to determine effort required to make site as safe as reasonably practicable. how serve it might be and likelihood of it occurring. Risk Assessment Careful consideration by competent persons of hazards associated with a task.

Air gun Air gun array is most common technique used for seismic surveying offshore.Magnetometers. Annulus Appraisal drilling Drilling to determine physical extent. reserves and likely production rate of a reservoir. help to detect magnetic anomalies or to distinguish geologic features that might appear similar from seismic data alone. Appraisal well A well drilled as part of an appraisal drilling programme. Compressed air is released from a chamber to produce shock waves in earth. . towed by aircraft. together with properties of oil or gas.

drill pipe and ancillary equipment). Casing head . Casing Steel lining used to exclude unwanted fluids.top of casing set in well. Cement . support sides of well bore. part of casing that protrudes above surface and to which control valves and flow pipes are attached. drill collars. Casing Seat . that make up lower end of drill-string (drill bit.lowest point at which casing is set. control well pressures. Capping Tightly closing a well so that hydrocarbons cannot escape. together as a group.Bottom-hole assembly Components.

Choke Device to restrict rate of flow during testing of an exploratory discovery. Compensator Keeps drill-sting stationary while semi-submersible and derrick move. Coiled tubing Used to carry production tubing to bottom of well.Pumped into space between casing and well bore wall in order to hold casing in place. . Circulation Techniques for bringing cuttings from bottom of well bore to surface by continuously pumping drilling mud down through drill-string and up annulus during rotary drilling.

Conductor Wide-diameter pipe from drilling platform to sea-bed to guide drilling and contain drilling fluid. Derrick Elongated pyramid of latticed steel mounted over bore hole for suspending and rotating drill pipes. Down hole . Deep-Water Discovery An offshore discovery located in at least 200 metres of water. Discovery well An exploratory well that finds hydrocarbons.

Drill bit Located at end of drill-string cutting head is generally designed with three cone-shaped wheels tipped with hardened teeth.A term to describe tools. equipment and instruments used in well bore. out through nozzles in drill bit. mud is constantly circulated down through drill pipe. Drill collars Heavy pipe-sections that put weight on drill bit. Drill bits used for extra-hard rock are studded with thousands of tiny industrial diamonds. and then up to surface through space between drill pipe and well . To facilitate removal of cuttings. Drill cuttings Lifted continually to surface during drilling by a circulating-fluid system driven by a pump.

bore through earth (diameter of bit is somewhat greater than that of pipe). Exploration Search for hydrocarbons by Geological and Geophysical (G&G) surveys that may be followed by exploration drilling. drilled without finding commercial quantities of hydrocarbons. Dry Hole Unsuccessful well. Drilling Muds / Fluid Drill-string Series of connected 9 metre length drill pipes (joints). Exploration well .

Geophysics Branch of science that applies physical principles to study of planet earth. Gravity surveys Measure density variations in local rock masses.Drilling to determine whether hydrocarbons are present. Surveys are based on use of a gravimeter down bore holes. Farm-in Transfer of part of an oil or gas interest in consideration for an agreement by transferee(s) to meet certain expenditure that would otherwise have to be undertaken by licensee(s). Horizontal Drilling .

Technique for cutting a bore hole in geological strata in a horizontal, rather than normal vertical, direction. (see also Horizontal well) Kick Back pressure in well from invading oil / gas / water. Killing a well Filling bore with drilling mud of suitable density to stop flow of oil / gas. Liner Small diameter casing extending into producing layer from just inside bottom of final string of casing cemented in a well. Modular formation dynamics tester

Measures fluid pressures and collects small samples in a well. Plugging Process whereby a well that is no longer needed is filled with concrete and abandoned. (see PA). Rotary Drilling Being coupled to rotating table on derrick floor rotates drill-string. Rotary Table / Drilling Table Turning device on derrick floor in which drill-string is held and rotated. Round trip Complete process of pulling out and running in drill-string.

Seismic surveys Measurements of seismic-wave travel. Seismic exploration is divided into refraction and reflection surveys, depending on whether the predominant portion of the seismic waves' travel is horizontal or vertical. Refraction seismic surveys are used in exploration. Seismic reflection surveys detect boundaries between different kinds of rocks; this detection assists in mapping of geologic structures. (See also 3DSeismic.) Shale shaker Drilling mud passed over to sieve out cuttings. Sidetrack Drilling A remedial operation that results in creation of a new section of well bore for purpose of detouring around "junk", redrilling a lost hole or straightening crooked holes.

Spud Commencement of drilling operations. Suspended discovery An oil or gas field identified by a discovery well but not being produced or developed. Three-dimensional Seismic / 3-D Seismic Three-dimensional images created by bouncing sound waves off underground rock formations; used to determine best places to drill for hydrocarbons. Top drive Powerful electric motor that rotates whole drill-string from top down. Tripping in / out

Re-insertion of drill-string / Withdrawing drill-string. Upstream Well completion Well Nomenclature (E&A) Appraisal (APP) Deviated (DEVW) Discovery (DISC) Exploration (EXP) Junked & Abandoned (JA) Plugged & Abandoned (PA) Re-entry (RE) Suspended (SP) Testing (TE) Tight Hole (TIGHT) .

exploitation and appraisal of licence areas not yet under development or in production. Shot wildcats were hung on oil derricks. where in early 1920s drilling crews encountered many wildcats as they cleared locations for exploratory wells. . (Term wildcatter comes from West Texas.Wildcat Exploration well drilled in an unproven area. Appraisal expenditure Costs incurred in survey. and wells became known as wildcat wells.) Fiscal Abandonment Allowance (AA) A 100% allowance for expenditure incurred in respect of abandoning a field.

Development expenditure All costs including financing costs. E&A expenditures incurred in bringing a field to commercial production and is defined as tangible assets. or expects to have. Cross Field Allowance (CFA) An element (up to 10%) of immediate relief for qualifying field development costs where a participator on a new taxable development has. . Conveying & Treating (C&T) Services provided by a field to other fields in vicinity.Commercial field Field judged to be capable of producing sufficient net income to be worth developing. PRT profits in another taxable field.

Exploration expenditure All costs.Discount rate Used to convert future income / expenditure to its present day value. drilling of exploratory wells and other costs incurred in evaluating commercial viability of geological entities. should technical or economic conditions change. such a field may become commercial. Marginal Field A field that may not produce enough net income to make it worth developing at a given time. associated with acquisition of new acreage. Mineral Extraction Allowance (MEA) . including premium payments.

Expenditure on mineral exploration and access and certain costs in acquiring mineral assets may be relieved by way of MEA. Net present value (NPV) Discounted value of future cash flow. but cannot be used to create a tax loss. Oil Taxation Act Came into force in 1975. Oil Allowance A gross production relief that reduces effective PRT rate. . introducing PRT Petroleum Revenue Tax (PRT) Applies to UK oil production and associated profits of licensees. Only to fields where Annex B consent was first given before 18 March 1993.

Royalty payments As part of some early UKCS licence round conditions there was an obligation to pay a royalty on "value of the petroleum" which is deductible in computing PRT and CT .Research expenditure allowance (R&D) Relief makes allowable against a participator's liability for any field. Revenue expenses General and administrative (G&A) costs of a revenue nature and intangible development drilling costs are usually deducted in full as incurred. R&D costs that do not became allowable in a particular field within three years of being incurred. Scientific research allowances (SRA) .

Whether of a capital nature or otherwise (costs of exploration work) qualifies for full write-off as incurred. Tariff Payments made by fields to other fields that provide transportation and / or processing of production. Tariff Receipt Allowance (TRA) Participators in owner field share an allowance equivalent to 250.000 tonnes of throughput per chargeable period for each taxable user field. Spot market International market in which oil or oil products are traded for immediate delivery at current (spot) price. Value Added Tax (VAT) .

Geological Anticline Fold in layered rocks originating below surface in form of an elongated dome. cracks or pores in rock through which hydrocarbon fluids move in response to natural forces. Capillaries Minute spaces. Cap Rock . Aquifer Underground zone of permeable rock saturated with water under pressure.Introduced at 8% on UK domestic fuel and power in April 1994.

Carboniferous Period of geological time about 400 .Impervious layer which overlies a reservoir rock preventing hydrocarbons escaping.65 million years ago. Cretaceous Period of geological time about 144 .300 million years ago.300 million years ago. Fault A line of fracture along which one body of rock or section of Earth's crust has been displaced relative to another. . Devonian Period of geological time about 400 .

and processes that are acting and have acted on it. Geology Field of science concerned with origin of planet Earth. Jurassic .Formation Pressure Water underlying gas and oil in formation. Impermeable Fluids cannot flow through rocks (clays. Igneous rocks Formed from solidification of molten magma. cemented sandstone or salt) where cracks and pore spaces are very small or are blocked by mineral growth. its shape. materials forming it. its history.

144 million years ago. Oligocene Third division of Tertiary period spanning an interval from about 40 to 25 million years ago.Period of geological time about 213 . Miocene Fourth division of Tertiary period spanning a time interval from 26 to 12 million years ago. Mature When source rock starts to generate hydrocarbons. Magma Molten material that makes up Earth's crust. Pay Zone .

Plate Tectonics Earth's solid crust is broken up into about a dozen semirigid plates.Stratum of rock in which hydrocarbons are found. Permeable Cracks and pore spaces between the rock particles (such as porous sandstone or fractured limestone) are interconnected and are large enough to permit fluid movement. boundaries of which are zones of tectonic activity. . Play Group of fields with similar trap structures / reservoir rock.248 million years ago. Permian Period of geological time about 285 .

Seal or Cap . Pliocene Fifth and most recent division of Tertiary period on geologic time scale from about 12 million to 2 million years ago. also known as Ice Age.Pleistocene Division of Quaternary period.64 million years ago. Earliest division of time for which rock strata are recognised. Quaternary Period of geological time about 1. Precambrian Rocks older than 600 million years.

Source rocks Rocks containing sufficient organic substances to generate hydrocarbons. and other materials. Sedimentary rock Formed by consolidation of deposits formed by settlement of sand. silt. Structural traps . Stratigraphic traps Originate where suitable combination of rock types is deposited in a particular environment. clays or cemented sandstone) in right shapes and relative positions to form traps.Rocks (salt.

. Tertiary Period of geological time about 65 . Timescale Trap Geological structure in which hydrocarbons build up to from an oil or gas field.Formed by Earth movements that fold rocks into suitable shapes or juxtapose reservoir and sealing rocks along faults. horizontal layers of salt.64 million years ago.1. These rock formations may contain hydrocarbons. Subsalt Refers to rock formations lying beneath long. Traps may also form when rocks are domed over rising salt masses.

Legislation Annex B Development plan approval to develop and produce from a commercial field. BNOC British National Oil Corporation set up 1976 abolished 1985.213 million years ago.Triassic Period of geological time about 248 . Consortium .

DTI Energy Charter Treaty (ECT) . XI Environment.Energy). III . for example.A group of unrelated companies acting together in a specific venture (Licence application). Continental Shelf Act Passed by UK Parliament in 1964 DETR DG Directorate General (department of EU Commission with responsibilities in a certain field. II Economic and Financial Affairs. XVII .Industry.

agreed to return its emissions of greenhouse gases to 1990 levels by 2000 . EU European Union Framework Convention on Climate Change UK signed Framework convention at Rio in 1992 and.a necessary first step. along with other developed countries. Gas Act 1995 Enabled final liberalisation of gas market by creating licensing framework for new entrants into domestic UK market. Portugal on 17 December 1994. Licence .Signed by 45 governments and EU in Lisbon.

Right to explore for and exploit hydrocarbon reserves within a defined area. Licence Nomenclature (UK Onshore) Appraisal Licence (AL) Development Licence (DL) Mining Licences (ML) PEDL Production Licences (PL) Supplementary Seismic Licence (SSSL) Exploration Licences (XL). Licence Nomenclature (UKCS) Licence (P) Licence Round .

Period during which Government offers and then allocates a number of specified areas (Blocks or part Blocks) within its national boundaries. New single licence came into effect in 1995 (Seventh Round) for onshore UK Licensing. either on its own behalf. PEDL Petroleum Exploration and Development Licence. . development or production). or. Operator Company which operates a Licence. on behalf of Licensees. Licensee(s) Companies that Government believes are capable of satisfying various conditions of a Licence. Takes primary responsibility for day-to-day operations for an activity (exploration. if a member of a consortium.

Measurement API gravity . UKCS Key Dates Unitisation When licensees of oil and/or gas reserves pool their individual interests in return for an interest in overall unit. Occurs where a field lies under different licences with differing equity interests.Petroleum (Production) Act 1934 Onshore legislation which vested in Crown ownership of all petroleum (oil and natural gas) existing in natural conditions in strata in Great Britain. which is then operated by a single company on behalf of group.

bcf Billion Cubic Feet (One bcf = 0.3 bbls = One tonne: 6. 1. Higher API gravity.176 Mboe) bcm . At sea level approx. lighter oil.013 bars. Bar One bar = 100 kPa Barrel (bbl) 7. Atmospheric pressure Weight of atmosphere on surface of Earth.Scale used to express specific gravity of oils.29 bbls = One cubic metre: One bbl = 159 litres approx.

83 MToe) Billion One thousand million (109) Block UKCS acreage one thirtieth of a quadrant (approx. 200 250 sq. Generally defined in terms of latitude and longitude.Billion Cubic Metres (One bcm = 0. bopd / boe bbls of oil per day / bbls of oil equivalent. Brent blend International marker for crude oil pricing based on a blend of North Sea crudes. British Thermal Unit (BTU) . kms). at one-degree intervals.

400 MJ Candela SI unit of light intensity defined as 1/60 of the light radiated from a sq.0283 cubic metres). cm of a blackbody. one million tonnes of oil = 40 x 1012 BTUs = 40.One BTU or Btu = 1.293 watt-hour Calorific equivalents One cubic foot of gas = 1000 BTUs = 1055. Cubic foot Standard unit used to measure quantity of gas at atmospheric pressure (One cubic foot = 0.06 kJ Approx. a perfect radiator that absorbs no light.05506 kJ = 0. . held at the temperature of freezing platinum.

Cubic metre SI unit used to measure quantity of gas at atmospheric pressure (One cubic metre = 35. Dead Weight (dwt) Difference between loaded and unloaded weights of a ship. Joule (j) .31 cubic feet). Gas Oil Ratio (GOR) Volume of gas at atmospheric pressure produced per unit of oil produced. Exposure Measurement of time during which subject is at risk from a hazard.

Gigajoule = One million joules = 278 kWh. Kilopascal (kPa) Defined as pressure of 0.412 BTU = 860 kcal = 0.0102 kg / sq. cm Kilowatt-hour (kWh) One kWh = 3. Kilogram (kg) SI unit of mass. Kilocalorie (kcal) One thousand calories.6 MJ = 3.Derived SI unit of work or energy. One thousand grams.0949 cubic metres of gas) m / mcf Thousands / Thousands of Cubic Feet (of Gas) .

mm / M Millions mmbbls / mmboe Million bbls / Million bbls of oil equivalent mmscf / mmscfd Millions of Standard Cubic Feet (of Gas) / Millions of Standard Cubic Feet per Day (of Gas) MtC Million tonnes of carbon MtCH4 Million tonnes of methane MtCO2 .

. ppb / ppm parts per billion / parts per million psi Pounds per square inch One psi = 6.89 kPa Quadrant UKCS acreage one degree by one degree. 30 Blocks to Quadrant.Million tonnes of carbon dioxide Mboe / MToe Million bbls of oil equivalent / Million tonnes of oil equivalent Oil Equivalent Method of assessing work of calorific value of different sources of energy in terms of one tonne of oil.

now employed for all scientific and most technical purposes. kms / Km2) 1000 metres x 1000 metres. SI unit Self-consistent system of measurement units based on the MKS (metre-kilogram-second) system. Square kilometres (Sq.3861 sq. Adopted for international use under Le Système International d'Unités.590 Km2 .Specific Gravity Ratio of density of a substance at a particular temperature to density of water. miles Square Miles One Sq Mile (640 acres) = 2. One Km2 (100 hectares) = 0.

Kilowatt (kW) = One kW = 1000 watts. Gigawatt (GW) = Thousand megawatts. Megawatt (MW) = One million watts.tcf Trillion (a million million) Cubic Feet (of Gas) Tonne (t) Metric tonne = 1000 kilograms Watt (W) Power which in one second gives rise to energy of one joule (j). production and transportation facilities and restoration of depleted . Production Abandonment / Decommissioning Process of dismantling wellhead.

Acoustic log Record of time taken by a sound wave to travel over a certain distance through geological formations. Acid stimulation Form of hydrochloric acid is pumped down well hole to enlarge pore space in oil bearing rocks to increase flow and recovery.producing areas in accordance with licence requirements and /or legislation. Annulus . Air injection An enhanced recovery technique in which air is injected into hydrocarbon formation to increase reservoir pressure.

installations offshore. for example. Blow-down Condensate and gas produced simultaneously from outset of production.Artificial lift Any techniques. for bringing oil to surface. Cathodic protection Method used to minimise rate of electrochemical corrosion of structures. pipelines and storage tanks. Christmas tree . other than natural drives. Casing perforation Holes made in liner of a finished well to allow hydrocarbons to flow into production tube.

but is not currently producing.Branching series of pipes. gauges and valves on top end of each production well to control flow of oil or gas. Delineation well . Coiled tubing Used to carry production equipment to bottom of well. Closed-in Descriptive of a well that is capable of producing. or where product of two or more fields is transported via a common pipeline. Commingling Producing oil and gas from two or more reservoirs at different depths.

Development Phase on which a proven oil or gas field is brought into production by drilling production (development) wells. Deviated well Horizontal well drilled at an angle (over 80 degrees) to vertical.Drilled at a distance from a discovery well to determine physical extent. reserves and likely production rate of a new oil or gas field. Development well A production well drilled with intent of producing oil or gas from a proven field. Downstream .

Enhanced reach Deviated wells (over 65 degrees) from vertical and reach out horizontally more than twice vertical depth. Field Geographical area under which an oil or gas reservoir lies. Field Nomenclature Field ceased production (FCP) Field under development (FUD) Field in production (FIP) Flaring and venting .Dual Completion A well completed to produce from two separate reservoirs.

and its temperature and pressure change sufficiently for some of it to became liquid petroleum. Gas/Condensate field Reservoir containing both natural gas and oil. with greater proportion of gas. Flare Stack Steel structure on an offshore installation or at a processing facility from which gas is flared. Venting is release of gases to atmosphere. some gas will often collect at top of reservoir in a single deposit. Gas Cap In field containing both gas and oil.Flaring is burning of hydrocarbon gases for commercial or technical reasons. Condensate appears when gas in drawn from well. Gas field .

In this way rate of production of crude oil also can be increased. but no oil. Gas Oil Ratio (GOR) Gas Processing .Field containing natural gas. Production is then piped to central processing system onshore. Gas Injection (GI) Associated gas is pumped back into a reservoir to maintain reservoir pressure. Gas gathering system Central collection point for offshore gas fields. Gas lift Gas from same or nearby field is mixed with oil in tubing to lessen weight of liquid column.

and removal of impurities and NGLs from natural gas. Jacket .Separation of oil and gas. Horizontal well Used when reservoir permeability is low or hydrocarbons are being produced from vertical fractures in rock. hydrogen sulphide and NGLs from natural gas. Gravity Structures Either concrete or hybrid (concrete base and steel legs and superstructure) structures that due to weight rest on seabed or piled into it. condensate. Gas Treatment Removal of impurities.

Supporting (concrete base or steel legs) structure for an offshore installation. Module Self-contained box or package built with a specific purpose (for example. Marine Riser Pipe connecting offshore installation to a subsea wellhead or pipeline for drilling or production purposes. mud. filter and exhaust) located on production installations. Used to maximise number of wells that can be drilled from small installations. well head. diesel. Multilateral well More than one horizontal section drilled in one well. gas compression. . platform power generation. storage. oil and gas separation.

Higher value than recoverable reserves of reservoir. Oil in Place (OIP) Estimation of real amount of oil in a reservoir. Pig .Odorant Substance (for example mercaptan) added to odourless natural gas or NGLs to enable detection. Offshore Oil Loading Nomenclature Single buoy mooring (SBM) Single point mooring (SPM) Exposed location single buoy mooring (ELSBM) Spar Enables offshore loading with vessel swinging to present least resistance to prevailing wind or current conditions.

either onshore or offshore. Pipeline A pipe through which natural gas. crude oil or petroleum products are pumped between two points. (Intelligent pig . it is always followed by declining level of production.Device for cleaning a pipeline or separating two liquids being moved down pipeline.fitted with sensors to check for corrosion or defects in pipelines. Plateau Level of peak oil or gas field production. Platform .) Piling Long steel piles driven into the seabed to anchor fixed offshore structures solidly in place.

Fixed structure resting on seabed or piled into it. Platform Nomenclature Tension Leg Platform (TLP) Minimum Facility Platform (MINF) Not Normally Attended Installation (NNAI) Gravity based structures (GBS) Accommodation (ACCOM) Compression (COMP) Drilling (DRIL) Riser (RISE) Preventative maintenance Maintenance carried out prior to unit or system failure. Primary Recovery .

Production Drilling Drilling of wells in order to bring a field into production. Production String .Recovery of hydrocarbons from a reservoir using only natural reservoir pressure.) Produced Water Brines naturally present or injected into reservoir to enhance production. Production Installation An installation from which development wells are drilled and that carries all associated processing plants and other equipment needed to maintain a field in production. Produced along side oil production.(see also Secondary and Tertiary Recovery.

Determined by a various factors such as reservoir dimensions.) Redetermination Retroactive adjustment to relative percentage interests of joint venturers in a field. Recovery Factor Ratio of recoverable oil and / or gas to estimated oil and / or gas in place in reservoir. Reserves: Probable . (see also Primary. and development plan.Tubing or piping in a production well through which oil or gas flows from reservoir to wellhead. nature of hydrocarbons. Secondary and Tertiary Recovery. pressure. Reserves: Possible Reserves at present cannot be regarded as "probable".

Reserves: Proven Reserves which on available evidence are virtually certain to be technically and economically producible. Reservoir drive Powered by difference in pressures within reservoir and well. but are estimated to have a better than 50% chance of being technically and economically producible.Reserves not yet "proven". permeable rock formation in which hydrocarbons are present. Reservoir engineering model . Reservoir Subsurface. porous.

Used to predict reservoir behaviour during production to enable selection of most efficient method of recovery. Satellite Installation An offshore structure that depends on another installation for materials or services. (see also Primary and Tertiary Recovery.) Slug catcher Plant installed in a gas pipeline system to catch unwanted "slugs" of liquid. Secondary Recovery Recovery of hydrocarbons from a reservoir by increasing reservoir pressure by injecting gas or water into reservoir rock. Subsea manifolds .

etc. Substructure Support form of an offshore installation on which derrick. Cables dampen wave action to keep platform stationary. Terminal . are installed. Tension Leg Platform A floating offshore structure held in position by a number of tension-maintaining cables anchored to seabed. engines. helicopter pad. a floating production facility or land. Sub-sea wellhead A wellhead installed on the sea floor and controlled remotely from a platform. cranes.Allows wells to be put on production without need to build a platform to operate and maintain wells.

heating reservoir or enlarging pore spaces using chemicals. Topsides Top of an installation positioned on jacket.Onshore transit installation that receives oil or gas from offshore production facilities via pipeline and / or tankers. Plant and equipment designed to receive and process crude oil or gas to remove water and impurities. Tertiary Recovery Recovery of hydrocarbons from a reservoir by sophisticated methods. Upstream . (see also Primary and Secondary Recovery) Tubing Piping installed in wells for production of oil and gas. for example.

Well completion Well Nomenclature (Field) Development (DEV) Deviated (DEVW) Gas Injection (GI) Water Injection (WI).Water Injection (WI) Water is pumped into alternate wells in a field. Restoring well productivity by cleaning out . Pressure in reservoir as a whole can be maintained or increased and production can be maintained or increased. Workover Re-entry into a completed field well for modification or repair.

and / or loss. silt or other substances that clog production tubing. Competence . Blow-out Preventers (BOPs) High-pressure wellhead (top of casing) valves designed to shut-off flow of hydrocarbons to prevent blowouts (accidental escapes of oil or gas from a well). BRIGHT EYE Regular UKCS exercise to test search and rescue capability. and / or damage. Safety Accident Any event which results in injury.accumulations of sand.

Danger Risk of injury Dangerous occurrence Readily identifiable event with potential to cause an accident or disease to persons at work and public or of significant actual of potential material damage. Fatality Rate (FR) . Fatal Accident Frequency Rate (FAFR) Number of fatalities per 100 million man hours worked. Fatality Death due to work related injury / illness.Ability to perform particular job in compliance with performance standards.

Injury . Flash Point Lowest temperature at which vapour above a flammable liquid can be ignited. Hazard Incident An unplanned event or chain of events which has or could have caused injury or illness and / or damage or loss to environment. Gas Detector Instrument to detect presence of various gases. third parties or assets.Number of fatalities per 1000 employees.

Lost Time Injury Frequency (LTIF) .Physical harm or damage to a person resulting from traumatic contact between body of person and an outside agency. Injury Rate (IR) Number of injuries per one hundred employees. Injury Severity Rate (ISR) Number of days lost per one million man hours worked. Injury Frequency (IF) Number of injuries per million man hours worked. Lost Time Injury (LTI) Any work related injury or illness which prevents that person from doing any work day after accident. or from exposure to environmental factors.

Number of LTIs recorded for a group of workers. Reasonably Practicable . but which was avoided by circumstances. Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) Equipment / clothing which offers protection against risks to health and safety. Near miss / accident Any event which had potential to cause injury and/or damage and or/loss. per million hours worked by that group. Permit-to-Work (PTW) Formal written system used to control certain types of work which are identified as (potentially) hazardous.

Risk Risk Assessment Risk Management Vessels Barge Non-self-propelled marine vessel used as cargo tankers. crane platforms and support and accommodation bases in offshore drilling. as equipment and supply carriers. Crane Barge . and as submarine pipe-laying vessels.

Storage and Offloading Vessel (FPSO) Floating Production Vessel (FPV) Floating Storage Unit (FSU) Jack-up Rig Mobile drilling platform with retractable legs used in shallow waters less than 100 metres deep. Floating Vessel Nomenclature Floating accommodation for offshore personnel (Flotel).Vessel capable of lifting heavy equipment onto / off offshore installations. Floating Production. Drill Ship Free floating mobile drilling platform used in very deep waters. Positioned by dynamic positioning. .

LNG Carrier Tanker. Kept in position by anchors or dynamic positioning. Lightering Unloading cargo from large marine tankers into smaller tankers that can enter shallow-water ports. with insulated pressure tanks. designed to carry refrigerated LNG shipments. .Lay barge Vessel specially equipped to lay submarine pipelines. Semi-submersible Rig Mobile drilling platform with floats or pontoons submerged to give stability while operating. Used in deeper waters down to 360 metres or more.

Oil tanker over 200.TEMPSC Totally Enclosed Motor Propelled Survival Craft ULCC Ultra large crude carrier. Oil tanker over 300.000 tonnes dwt.000 tonnes dwt. . VLCC Very large crude carrier.

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