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Energy Transition for Petroleum Professionals

Rajan Chokshi, PhD

INSTRUCTOR: D. Nathan Meehan, PhD, PE
DISCIPLINE: Engineering, Geoscience
COURSE LENGTH: 3 Days (Classroom) / 6 Half-Day Sessions (Live Online)
CEUS: 2.4
AVAILABILITY: Public, In-House, & Live Online

SAMPLE TOPIC FROM THE CLASS: "Energy Transition - The Next Step to Net Zero"

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: Reservoir engineers, petroleum engineers, production engineers, geologists, geophysicists, managers, independent operators, marketing personnel and anyone who needs a practical understanding of the energy transition and how it will affect future oil and gas activities and what the opportunities are to be “part of the solution.”

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course is designed for energy professionals with an understanding of oil and gas operations and activities but not necessarily any background in climate change, energy transition, life cycle analysis or alternative fuels. The course emphasizes the role of fossil fuels in a world with increasing drivers away from such fuels. Practical approaches to minimize the carbon impact of oil and gas operations are presented.


  • Understanding of key drivers for alternative energy and the energy transition.
  • Understanding of quantitative ways to evaluate carbon intensity of oil and gas operations and ways to lower that impact.
  • Understanding of key policy issues associated with the energy transition.
  • Understanding of carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) and other major opportunities to profit from the energy transition.


  • History of energy
  • Drivers for the transition
    1. Macroeconomics
    2. Climate change
    3. Governments and policy
    4. Technology and cost
    5. Differing regional baselines and transition pathways
  • Not all zero-carbon power comes from renewables, not all renewables are carbon-free.
  • Decarbonizing Oil and Gas
  • CCUS
  • Industry-specific issues
  • Case studies
  • The way ahead