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Project Objectives 

Develop and implement a new curriculum programme in the field of Gas and Oil Engineering

The new curriculum is in perfect alignment with the with Bologna process requirements.

Address the main issues that the Lebanese society and the Lebanese Higher educational system are facing: Energy problems, Gas and Oil offshore recently localised in Med. Sea, boost the recently established Chemical and Petroleum engineering departments

Provide qualified professional resources capable of sustaining and managing the gas and oil industry development: students will learn new and advanced tools for gas and oil processing and environmental sustainability.

GOPELC graduates will be in position to best serve the Partner country in developing the newly established oil and gas industry which will serve the Lebanese people in particular and the people in the surrounding countries.

Keeping aware all stakeholders concerning the implementation of a new Master on GOP will foster its sustainability: dissemination activities such as information days, new master program launching,…

Partners

UNIVERSITATEA PETROL SI GAZE PLOIESTI (coordinator) 
Prof. Avram Lazar lavram@upg-ploiesti.ro (coordinator)

Notre Dame University - Lebanon 
Dr Pierre Gedeon pgedeon@ndu.edu.lb)

KUNGLIGA TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLAN- Sweden
Dr Bassam Kayal bassamk@kth.se

UNIVERSITY OF BALAMAND- Lebanon
Dr Nesrine El Hassan nissrine.hassan@balamand.edu.lb

ECOLE NATIONALE SUPERIEURE DES 
MINES DE SAINT-ETIENNE- France       
 Jean Michel Herri herri@emse.fr

Beirut Arab University- Lebanon
Dr Sobhi Bou Chahine soubhi63@gmail.com

Lebanese University- Lebanon
 Prof. Clovis Francis cfrancis@ul.edu.lb

Directorate General of Higher Education- Lebanon
Dr Ahmad Al Jammalajammal@higher-edu.gov.lb

Activities

Inception meeting

Objectives
  The inception meeting will give start to the GOPELC project, reference number 561530-EPP1-2015-1-RO-EPPKA2-CBHE-JP.
     The objectives of the inception meeting are: 
Boards constitution and appointment of roles
 Partners presentation
Workplan review and agreement
Quality and administrative procedures presentation
Project management process presentation
Approval of the Deliverable 1 “Assesment of existing similar curricula” ·        Presentation of the first draft of the Master Course on Gas and Oil Processing.

Brief introduction of Higher Educational System in the Lebanese universities in terms of:
1) programme’s norms and requisites; 
2) Accreditation procedures of the master courses at local and National level; 
3) Procedures for enrolment of the students in the master courses at local and National level;
4) Quality procedures for training programmes at local and National level;
5) Organisation of the academic year; 
6) Training methodologies;
7) Procedures for assessment of the students;
8) Procedures for thesis’ elaboration, discussion, and assessment;
9) Implementation of the Bologna process (Level of implementation of a three-cycle structure compliant with the Bologna Process; Level of implementation of the Learning Outcomes concept; Level of implementation of the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System; 10) Academic staff that will be involved in the teaching activities of the new Master that will be implemented during the project 
11) Presentation of the existing curricula related to GOP in the Lebanese universities (undergraduate and master programs)

First Project Management Board

Objectives   
 The objectives of the First PMB meeting are
 Decision making on project activities including corrections of activities time-table
Conflict resolution mechanism for any issue that may arise
Quality control management
Continuous communication on running project's activities
Revision of deliverables of the project
 Approval of all project results and changes in activity plan.

Day2:November,10 2016 

Day1:November,9 2016 

9:00 Opening session: 
     Welcome Word from NDU Representative
     A message from the General Director of Higher Education in Lebanon
     PMB Summary by the Project Coordinator (approval of the agenda,                     minutes and recording of actions)
9:20 State of the art of Work packages (by lead partners)
9:20 WP1 Preparation (UOB P6) 
9:40 WP2 Development (EMSE P3)
10:00 WP3 Quality Plan (KTH P2)
10:20 WP4 Dissemination and exploitation (P4 LU) 
10:40 WP5 Management (P1 UPG)
11:00 Coffee Break
11:30-13:00Workplanfollow up: running activities and deliverablesreports -       Design of the new Master programme(activity 2.1.1, deliverable 2.1) by LU -        Training of the PC teaching staff by workshops and webinars (activity 2.3.2) 
            o   Preliminary programme of the workshop 3  by KTH
            o   Preliminary programme of the workshop 4 by UPG
            o   Preliminary programme of the workshop 5 by UPG 
            o   Preliminary programme of the webinar 1 by EMSE
            o   Preliminary programme of the webinar 2 by KTH 
13:00: Lunch break   
 14:00-15:00 Workplanfollow up: running activities and deliverablesreports (Ct’d)                 -       Course material development (activity 2.3.1, deliverable 2.3) by LU
           -       Quality procedure handbook (activity 3.1.3) by KTH    
15:00-15:30 Administrative and financial procedures by UPG 
15:30 Overall discussion – Any Other Business
16:00 End of the meeting

9:00 Welcome New course implementation: Certification of the New Master Programme (activity 2.2.1), equipment’s update (activity 2.3.4), Selection of students (activity 2.3.5), new Master program implementation
                         9:00 LU 
                         9:30 NDU
                         10:00 UOB 
                         10:30BAU
11:00 Coffee break
11:30-12:30 Organisation of the infoday events (activity 4.3.1)
                          11:30 LU
                          11:45 NDU
                          12:00 UOB
                          12:15 BAU
12:30 Overall discussion – Any Other Business
13:00 End of the meeting
13:00 Lunch

Scond Project Management Board

Objectives    
The objectives of the Second PMB meeting are
  Discussing deeply the internship issue and the related activities
Decision making on project activities including remaining workshops and corrections of activities time-table
 Quality control management
 Continuous communication on running project's activities
 Revision of deliverables of the project
Conflict resolution mechanism for any issue that may arise
 Approval of all project results and changes in activity plan.

Day1:March, 8 2017 

Day2:March, 9 2017 

9:00 Opening session:
  - Welcome Word from BAU Representative 
  - PMB Summary by the Project Coordinator (approval of the agenda, minutes
 and recording of actions)
9:20 State of the art of Work packages (by lead partners) 
          - 9:40 WP2 Development (EMSE P3) 
          - 10:00 WP3 Quality Plan (KTH P2) 
          - 10:20 WP4 Dissemination and exploitation (P4 LU) 
          - 10:40 WP5 Management (P1 UPG)
10:45-11:15:Coffee Break    
11:15-12:00 Training of the PC teaching staff by remaining workshops and webinars (activity 2.3.2) 
          o   Upstream workshop 4 by UPG
          o   Workshop 5by KTH
          o   Preliminary programme of the webinar 1 by EMSE
          o   Preliminary programme of the webinar 2 by KTH 
12:00-12:30: Quality handbook (activity 3.1.3) and Quality procedures by KTH
12:30-13:00: Administrative and financial procedures by UPG
13:00-13:20: Coffee Break
13:20-14:30: Intermediate report by UPG
14:30-15:00: Discussion and closing of the first day meeting      
Late lunch/Early dinner   

9:00 Welcome New course implementation: Certification of the New Master Programme (activity 2.2.1), equipment’s update (activity 2.3.4), Selection of students (activity 2.3.5), Internships 
                   9:00 LU
                   9:30 NDU
                   10:00 UOB
                   10:30 BAU
11:00 Coffee break
11:30-12:30 Organisation of the infoday events (activity 4.3.1)
                   11:300 LU
                   11:45 NDU
                   12:00 UOB
                   12:15 BAU
12:30 Overall discussion – Any Other Business
13:00 End of the meeting    
13:00 Lunch    
Tour visit: Jezzine and Saida Castle

Third Project Management Board

 Objectives

Questionnaires Results’ Processing and Interpretation resulted from the workshops, internships, external experts etc.
State of the art of Work packages
New course implementation: Certification of the New Master Programme, equipment’s update, Selection of students, new Master program implementation
Organisation of the infoday events/ Special events regarding project dissemination
Discussions regarding new perspectives of future projects based on GOPELC findings

Day1:March, 26 2017 

Day2:March, 27 2017 

09:30 Arrival and Visit of Chemical Engineering labs. 
10:30 Opening session: 
              - Welcome Word from UOB Representative 
              - A message from the General Director of Higher Education                       in Lebanon 
              - PMB Summary by the Project Coordinator (approval of the                     agenda, minutes and recording of actions)    
11:00-12:30 WP2 Development (by Lebanese partners) to report on:                 - Certification of the GOPELC Master Programme
               - Equipment’s update
               - Selection of students 
               - Courses implementation , including (a) framework of the      master programme, (b) syllabus of each course, (c) time schedule of each course, (d) name and qualifications of the professors of each course, (e) grades to the students for the courses already completed
                - Students internship in EU labs
                - Students internship in Lebanese Universities and                                  companies
                - Master thesis and final exams      
P4 LU
P5 NDU
P6 UOB
12:30-14:00: Lunch break
14:00-14:30 WP2 Development (by Lebanese partners) P8 BAU
14:30-15:00 WP2 Development (by European universities) to report on: 
         -Students internship in EU labs lessons learned and future                        opportunities     
                     P1 UPG 
                     P3 EMSE     
15:00-17:00 WP3 Quality control (by P2 KTH) 
                    - Meetings survey and results
                    - Workshops survey and results
                    - Webinars survey and results 
                    - Teaching material review process : Internal and external feedback                             and reports 
                    - Teaching material review process: students feedback reports
                    - Internships evaluation: students feedback reports
                    - State of the art on the deliverables issued within WP3

8:30-9:45WP4 Dissemination and exploitation (by Lebanese partners) 
               - Dissemination Activities
               - Exploitation activities 
               - Info days 
               - P4 LU
               - P5 NDU
               - P6 UOB
               - P8 BAU    
Final road show and other dissemination activities at local level by P4 LU
Design and realisation of the project book by P4 LU
9:45-10:15WP5Project Management by P1 UPG
               - Overview
               - Instructions for the Final Technical Report
10:15-10:45 Review and approve the budget to date of the project                            (by P1 UPG)
                 - Review and approve the accounts to date of the project                       (by P1 UPG)    
10:45-11:15 Coffee Break
11:15-12:00 Discussions regarding new perspectives of future projects based on GOPELC findings 
Pr. ChaficMokbel (Head of the Erasmus+ HEREs in Lebanon and member of the Erasmus+ HEREs advisory committee)from UOB will join the discussion       
12:00 End of PMB meeting    
12:00-14:00: Lunch   

First & Second Field Monitoring visit

   The First FMV will address the following issues related to GOPELC’s Implementation:   
  The organisation of the project team(s) within the partnership 
Presentation of the activities carried out and results achieved.
Impact (/visibility) of the project in the partner country institutions

Second Field Monitoring Visit, March  27 , 14:00-17:00
University Of Balamand, Main Campus, El Koura, Lebanon

14:30 Meeting with the NDU Representative:
14:45 GOPELC Overview by P4 (LU)
15:00-16:15  State of the art of Work packages
                       - 15:00 WP1 Preparation (UOB P6)
                       - 15:15 WP2 Development by P5 (NDU)
                       - 15:30 WP2 Development: Training of Trainees by EU                                                 partners by P8 (BAU)
                       - 15:45WP3 Quality Plan by P2(KTH)
                       - 16:00 WP4 Dissemination and exploitation (P4 LU)
                       - 16:15 WP5 Management (P1 UPG) The participation                                                   of  the coordinating University is highly                                                                       appreciated.    
16:30 Coffee Break
16:45-17:15Meeting with the Faculty members and students
17:150: Closing Discussion and recommendations  

November 11, 2016

14:00:              - Meeting with UOB representatives
                         - Address of the Lebanese National Erasmus Plus                                     Officer
                         - Address of GOPELC’s Coordinator 
14:15 - 15:45 GOPELC Implementation and progress: (WP2 + WP4)                               - Certification of the GOPELC Master Program 
                         - Equipment’s update
                         - Selection of students
                         - Courses implementation , including (a) framework of                              the master programme, (b) syllabus of each course,                             (c) time schedule of each course, (d) name and                                       qualifications of the professors of each course, (e)                                 grades to the students for the courses already                                         completed 
                         - Students internship in EU labs
                         - Master thesis and final exams
                         - Info days 
                         - Dissemination activities
P4 LU case
P5 NDU case
P6 UOB case
P8 BAU case
15:45- 16:00: Coffee Break
16:00-16:30: WP3: Quality Control by P2 KTH
16:30-17:00: WP5: Management procedures
17:00 concluding remarks by the Lebanese National Erasmus Plus Officer.

Information Day

Development

First Workshop

Location: 
Petroleum-Gas University, Ploiesti, ROMANIA
Period
June 27 – July 3 

June 27

8.30-12.30 GOP_04: Drilling Engineering: Present and future! - Prof. Lazar AVRAM
12.30-13.30 Lunch
13.30-17.30 GOP_04: Production and completion engineering: Present and future!– Assoc. Prof. Mariea Marcu

June 28
8.30-12.00 GOP_05Injection and extraction into the underground natural gas storage - case study – Assoc. Prof. Ion PANA
12.30-13.30 Full activity report concern GOPELC project progress (presented by each Lebanese partner) – first part
13.30-14.30 Lunch
14.30– 17.30 VISITS
Laboratories    

1. Regional Centre For The Determination Of The Characteristics And Monitoring Of The Technical State of OCTG – Oil Country Tubular Goods including: the mechanical processing laboratory; the laboratory for complex mechanical testing of OCTG; the command and data acquisition laboratory; the scientific research laboratory for the intelligent control of petroleum tubular; the mobile laboratory.
2. Simulator PIPE SIM, OFM 2006 
June 29
8.30-10.30 GOP_04 Petroleum Economics and Management – Prof. Catalin POPESCU
10.30-12.30 Full activity report concern GOPELC project progress (presented by each Lebanese partner) – Part two
12.30-13.30 Lunch
13.30- 17.30 GOP_04 Petroleum Economics and Management – Prof. Catalin POPESCU 
June 30
9.00-17.30 SITU VISITWorking visit Dambovita County, Production Asset VI Muntenia Central
July 1
9.00- 12.30 Final remarks. Conclusions
12.30-13.30 Lunch
13.30-15.30 Discussions related to the future activities for GOPELC project 
July 2 
9.00-13.00Exploratory visit to Slanic Prahova’ salt mine

Second Workshop

Monday 10 
8h30-11h30 then 13h30-16h30;  at Computer Room D1.18) and Tuesday11 
(8h30-11h30 at Room D1.18) : GP12Reactor control "instrumentation and control methodologies", to be delivered by Philippe Breuil, a professor of School of Mines of Saint-Etienne  

Tuesday 11 afternoon : visit St-Etienne school of Mines, meeting with personalities, then moving to  LYON-CITY and dinner.

Wednesday 12 (8h30-11h30  at Room C1.15 ; 13h30-16h30 at Room D1.18) and Thursday 13 (13h30-16h30- at Room D1.18) : GP12  Reactor design Homogenous and Heterogenous Reactors", to be delivered by Jan Verstraete, from IFPEN, who delivers this course to our master 2 degree level and students of the school of Mines.

Thursday 14 (8h30-11h30  at Room D1.18)  and Friday (8h30-11h30 then 13h30-16h30;  at Room D1.18) : GP14  Oil Refining "Refining processes / Gas Plant Optimisation", to be delivered by Baptiste Bouillot, a professor of School of Mines of Saint-Etienne

 Objectives
GP12 Reactor control "instrumentation and control methodologies", to be delivered by Philippe Breuil, a professor of School of Mines of Saint-Etienne 
GP12  Reactor design Homogenous and Heterogenous Reactors", to be delivered by Jan Verstraete, from IFPEN, who delivers this course to our master 2 degree level and students of the school of Mines
GP14  Oil Refining "Refining processes / Gas Plant Optimisation", to be delivered by Baptiste Bouillot, a professor of School of Mines of Saint-Etienne

Third Workshop

January 30
8.30-12.30 GOP_14: Refining processes - Prof. Ion ONUŢU
12.30-13.30 Lunch
13.30-15.30 GOP_14: Refining processes - Prof. Ion ONUŢU
15.30-17.30 GOP_14: Industrial Catalytic Processes - Prof. Dorin STANICĂ EZEANU

January 31
8.30-12.30 GOP_03: Industrial Catalytic Processes - Prof. Dorin STANICĂ EZEANU
12.30-13.30 Lunch
13.30-15.30 GOP_03: Industrial Catalytic Processes - Prof. Dorin STANICĂ EZEANU
15.30-17.30 GOP_03: Chemistry and Technology of Lubricants – Prof. Diana CURSARU

February 01
8.30-12.30 GOP_15: Chemistry and Technology of Lubricants – Prof. Diana CURSARU
12.30-13.30 Lunch
13.30-17.30 GOP_12:Advanced process design (adapted content) - Prof. Dragos CIUPARU

February 02
8.30-10.30 GOP_12:Advanced process design (adapted content) - Prof. Dragos CIUPARU
10.30-12.30 GOP_13: Polymer engineering - Prof. Dorin BOMBOŞ
12.30-13.30 Lunch
13.30-17.30 GOP_13: Polymer engineering - Prof. Dorin BOMBOŞ

February 0
38.30-12.30 GOP_11 Petrochemical synthesis - Assoc. Prof. Daniela MOVILEANU
12.30-13.30 Lunch
13.30-17.30 SITU VISIT: Working visit LUKOIL REFINERY Ploiesti
February 04
9.00- 10.30 Final remarks. Conclusions
10.30-15.00 Exploratory visit to Prahova Valley and Sinaia

Fourth  Workshop

March 27
8.30-12.30 GOP_06: Offshore Technology - Prof. Lazar AVRAM
12.30-13.30 Lunch
13.30-15.30 GOP_13: Offshore Technology - Prof. Lazar AVRAM
15.30-17.30 GOP_01:Petroleum Economics and Management II - Prof. Catalin POPESCU
March 28
8.30-12.30 GOP_9: EOR and Reservoir Characterization - Assoc. Prof. Mihai Eugen IONESCU
12.30-13.30 Lunch
13.30-17.30 GOP_9: EOR and Reservoir Characterization - Assoc. Prof. Mihai Eugen IONESCU
March 29
8.30-12.30 GOP_8: Well Testing – Dr. Doru STOIANOVICI
12.30-13.30 Lunch
13.30- 17.30 GOP_8: Well Testing – Dr. Doru STOIANOVICI
March 30
8.30-12.30 GOP_07: Reservoir simulation - Eng. Marian BĂDIN, Geo Class Co.
12.30-13.30 Lunch
13.30-17.30 GOP_07: Reservoir simulation - Eng. Marian BĂDIN, Geo Class Co.
March 31
9.00- 10.30 Final remarks. Conclusions 
10.30-16.30 SITU VISIT: Working visit Production Asset – OMV Petrom/ ROMGAZ
April 01
10.00-15.00 Exploratory visit to Brasov and Bran Castle/ Rasnov Citadel

Fifth Workshop

10th May, 2017
9:00-10:00 Welcome
10:00- 11:00 Need for environmental planning for oil and gas industries, Prof. Joydeep Dutta
11:00-12:30  Modern methods of water cleaning-1, Prof. Joydeep Dutta Dr.Abdussalam Uheida Dr. Karthik Laxman
12:30- 14:00 Lunch
14:00-15:30  Modern methods of water cleaning-1, Prof. Joydeep Dutta Dr.Abdussalam Uheida Dr. Karthik Laxman
15:30-17:30  Analysis, Joydeep Dutta
11th May, 2017
9:00-11:00    Water –why it is important to consider?, Prof. Prosun Bhattacharya 11:00- 12:30 Prof. Prosun Bhattacharya
12:30- 14:00 Lunch
14:00-15:00  Water, Energy and Disruptive Innovation Dr. David Nilsson 
15:00-17:30  Discussion, analysis Prof. Prosun Bhattacharya Dr. David Nilsson Prof.Joydeep Dutta
12th May, 2017
9:00-11:00 Discussions on technical topics Prof. Prosun Bhattacharya Prof. Joydeep Dutta
11:00- 12:30 Nanotechnology- in oil and gas Prof. Joydeep Dutta
12:30- 14:00 Lunch
14:00-17:30 hrs Open House-Nanotechnology Laboratory facility Prof. Joydeep Dutta Dr.Abdussalam Uheida Dr. Karthik Laxman Dr. Yi Fei

New curriculum

Objectives

  This new curriculum programme in the field of Gas and Oil Engineering is introduced by a joint effort between the EU and the Lebanese Universities within the framework of the Erasmus Plus Capcity Building project GOPELC561530-EPP-1-2015-1-RO-EPPKA2-CBHE-JP. This new programme will address the main issues, that the Lebanese society and the Lebanese Higher educational system are facing in the field of Gas and Oil processing. The new Master programme contents will provide qualified professional resources capable of sustaining and managing the gas and oil industry development in Lebanon and abroad. Students will learn new and advanced tools for gas and oil processing and environmental sustainability. The new curriculum graduates  will be fully acquainted with all contemporary issues of gas and oil  Engineering, in which researchers and practitioners  community are currently involved and are practicing. The graduates will be in position to best serve their country in developing the newly established oil and gas  industry which will serve the Lebanese people in particular and the people in the surrounding countries.

GOP_01: Petroleum Economics and Management (7.5 ECTS) Introduction to financial reporting for oil companies. Capital budgeting: Cash flow analysis. Risk analysis: Probability theory and methods. Reserve estimation. Market theory: Supply and demand, oil price models, product prices, profit maximization, inflation and depreciation. The main geopolitical characteristics of the Energy Industry in the Gulf and Levant regions. Oil field project (Upstream and Downstream) management topics: project planning and scheduling techniques, project monitoring and control techniques. Overview of the factors that affect states’ failure and success in management of petroleum resources. General knowledge of the regulation of pollution control.    

GOP_02: Geology &Reservoir Engineering (7.5 ECTS) Basic concepts of rock classification, geological processes, and depositional environments. Overview of petroleum geology processes (emphasizing hydrocarbon sources, migration, and accumulation). Fundamentals of reservoir characteristics and fluid properties. Exploration methods and tools, covering well logging methods and interpretation of well logs for the purpose of formation evaluation. Reserves Estimates and Resource Classification. Drive mechanisms and recovery methods (covering primary, secondary and tertiary recovery). Introduction to well testing including Pressure Transient Testing. Practical understanding of oil and gas reservoir fluids behavior and PVT analysis. Reservoir modeling.

GOP_03: Industrial Catalytic Processes (7.5 ECTS) This course covers the fundamentals of catalytic science: mechanisms and kinetics of catalytic reactions, catalyst synthesis by classical and advanced techniques, characterization of physico-chemical (textural, structural, etc) and mechanical properties of supports and catalysts, catalytic reactor design (rate data analysis, selection of reactors in laboratory and plants etc), and catalyst deactivation (changes in properties of catalysts after deactivation, methods for prevention of deactivationand deactivation rate estimation).

GOP_04: Drilling & Production Engineering (7.5 ECTS) Introduction to petroleum drilling systems, drilling rig components, drilling fluids, pressure loss calculations, casing, well cementing, and directional drilling. Overview of oil and gas production facilities;engineering design and operation of wells and processing equipment;well flow performance concepts; completion equipment; production logging; artificial lift; production optimization

GOP_05: Storage and Transportation of Oil & Gas(7.5 ECTS) Pipeline industry overview, types of pipelines pipe manufacture and coating; Fundamentals of pipeline design, pumps and compressors, prime movers; Construction practices and equipment; Welding techniques and equipment, operation and control; Metering and storage, maintenance and repair, inspection and rehabilitation; Pipeline regulation, gas gathering systems; Petroleum shipping: oil tankers (classification, general layout, construction, engines,

GOP_06: Offshore Technology(7.5 ECTS) Survey activities, Environmental and geotechnical assessment, Seabed geotechnics, Oceanographic data, Survey vessels; Drilling of offshore wells, Drilling rigs, vessels and processes; Managing offshore operations, The role of the Offshore Installations Manager, Platform supply vessels and their operation, Specialist vessels, Floating LNG (FLNG) and Floating Storage and Regasification Units (FSRUs); Offshore safety requirements, Offshore safety incidents, Safety case regulations, Certification, verification and classification, Environmental issues, Environmental legislation, Oil spills, Produced water discharges, Gas flaring, Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs), Decommissioning.

GOP_07: Reservoir simulation (7.5 ECTS) Solution of reservoir and production engineering problems using reservoir simulation software (Petrel, Eclipse…), using data commonly available in industry. Emphasis on reservoir description, reservoir model design and calibration, production forecasting and optimization. Mathematical description and physical understanding of the underlying equations. To learn about carrying out a simple reservoir simulation study (data input, history matching and production forecast with a black-oil model).

GOP_8: Well Testing (7.5 ECTS) Analysis of well performance under varied reservoir conditions including evaluation of university, pseudo-state and unsteady state flow, well testing methods used to determine well and reservoir parameters; applications to conventional and unconventional wells producing gas and/or liquids; fundamentals of preparing and operating well test equipment to monitor, measure and gather samples for evaluating well performance.

GOP_9: EOR and Reservoir Characterization (7.5 ECTS) Basics and principles of enhanced oil recovery; EOR methods used in the industry:steamflooding, hydrocarbon gasinjection, polymerflooding and surfactant flooding; determine the displacement performance, general geologic and fluid interpretation and its impact on recovery. Reservoir rock and fluid property evaluation by statistical methods and their spatial variations; application of geostatistics to reservoir characterization.

GOP 10: Sustainable Oil & Gas Production (7.5 ECTS) This course aims to present the environmental impacts of extraction, production, distribution and storage of products issued from oil and gas industry. Management strategies needed in such industry for protection of the ecosystem based on regulations will also be adressed. An emphasis on risk management and emergency responses to incidents constitutes an essential part of this course.

GOP_11: Petrochemical synthesis (7.5 ECTS) Raw materials used for organic and petrochemical synthesis, unit processes in organic chemical synthesis based on acetylene, ethylene, propylene, butadiene, petroleum aromatics, etc.; Synthesis applications of organic reactions: sulfonation, nitration, halogenation, oxidation, intermediate organic compounds. Production of chemicals from hydrocarbons; Alkylation of benzene with olefins, Alkylation of phenols with olefins; Oxidation of hydrocarbons, Hydration of olefins and saponification of alkyl chlorides, Synthesis based on CO and acetylene, Synthetic detergents from petroleum; Production of Inorganic chemical from petroleum.

GOP_12: Advanced process design (7.5 ECTS) Model and design reaction systems using a combination of theoretical knowledge and computational tools and techniques. Application of optimisation techniques for parameter estimation. Conceptual design methods for multiphase reactors. Selection of appropriate reactor types. Process modeling, instrumentation and control methodologies. Critical assessment of model predictions with respect to reality.   Process simulation via PRO II software Homogeneous Reactors Non Homogeneous Reactors (A voir avec Mines St. Etienne)

GOP_13: Polymer engineering (7.5 ECTS) Polymer synthesis and characterization. Dependence of properties on molecular structure & microstructure. Polymer rheology. Forming techniques and applications. Mechanical properties, degradation and failure modes. Have a general overview of the different polymer processing techniques: extrusion, injection, blow molding..., and get an experimental feeling on the proper control of such processes. Understand the methodology for selection of materials and processing technology for the development of a final product.

GOP_14: Refining processes (7.5 ECTS) This course presents the following topics: The atmospheric and vacuum crude oil distillation units, the light end units, the catalytic reforming process, the fluid catalytic cracking process, the distillate hydro- cracking process, the hydro-treating processes, the refinery gas treating processes, upgrading residues, and the handling of hazardous materials and safety.

 GOP_15:Chemistry and Technology of Lubricants (7.5 ECTS) 1- Principles of Lubrication, lubrication regimes: hydrodynamic lubrication, hydrostatic lubrication, elasto-hydrodynamic lubrication, mixed and boundary lubrication 2- Basic classes of lubricants and the selection of lubricant type based on the specific requirements, problems, particular components and complexities of machine 3- Properties of the lubricating oils: viscosity, compatibility, corrosion, deterioration, contamination 4- Aqueous lubricants: type, properties, chemistry and applications 5- Greases: type, properties, chemistry and applications 6- Solid and gas lubricants: type, properties, chemistry and applications 7- Lubricant additives: type, properties, chemistry and applications 8- Green and nano-lubricants: type, properties, chemistry and applications 9- Self-lubricating coatings: type, properties, coating techniques and tribological applications 10- Automotive, aero and marine lubrication and lubricants 11- Lubricant testing and specifications: bench tests, specification 12-Lubricant use, handling, storage, disposal, recycling, health and safety 13- Definition of tribology and its multidisciplinary nature, the structural and technological importance of tribology 14- System description and classification of tribological problems and tribological processes 15- Analysis of contacts in the tribological system, the processes of friction, wear and damage, tribological materials. .

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وجود النفط في لبنان لن يزيد فرص العمل في هندسة البترول (علي علوش) قد يظن البعض أن وجود البترول في المياه الإقليمية اللبنانية واحتمال البدء بالتنقيب عنه واستخراجه في وقت قريب سيخلق فرص عمل للبنانيين كثر، خصوصاً المتخصصين في هندسة البترول. لكن هذه الفرضية تعترضها حقيقة أن الشركات المُلّزّمة للتنقيب عن النفط واستخراجه هي شركات أجنبية. ما يرجّح احتمال أن تستعين هذه الشركات بموظفين أجانب، خصوصاً المهندسين منهم.

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Prof. dr.ing. Cursaru Diana Luciana is visiting the Faculty of Engineering.   Based on the collaboration between the Petroleum-Gas University of Ploiesti (UPG) from Romania and the Lebanese University and after a fruitful meeting during the third Erasmus Plus Capacity Building GOPELC workshop in whichProf. dr.ing. Cursaru Diana Luciana, were involved, the Faculty of Engineering invited Prof. Cursaruto visit the Faculty of Engineering of the Lebanese University as a visiting professor within the framework of the Erasmus + program for the period from 5 to l4 May 2017.   Prof. Cursarugave three lectures at the three section of the Faculty of Engineering of 3 hours each. The lecture covered the following topics: -       Chemistry and technology of Lubricating oils (lubricants functions, synthesis, characterization, classifications, type of lubricants) -       Biofuels and biodiesel (types, synthesis, characterization, pro and cons of oils substitutes).

Workshop on:GOPELC “Gas and Oil Processing, a European Lebanese Cooperation”Within the framework of    TheFirst International Conference on Energy, Power, Petroleum and Petrochemical Engineering (E3PE2017)
1- GOPELC presentation by Prof. Clovis Francis, Lebanese University   Energy problems play an important role in the global development of industrial and underdevelopedcountries. Energy issues are usually accompanied with the challenging trade off of energy productionand environmental sustainability. This problem is the biggest challenge facing the Lebanese society sinceit is negatively impacting the Lebanese people health, the Lebanese economy, and transforming theLebanese ecological system equilibrium.   Recently, an offshore reserve of Oil and Gas was localized in the Mediterranean Sea near the Lebanesecoast. The Lebanese Government set up a new “Gas and Oil Committee” belonging to the Water andEnergy Ministry. The goal of this Committee is to publish tenders for Gas and Oil Offshore inspection andexploitation. An increasing demand for Engineers in the field of new reservoir drilling and fuel rawmaterial processing is expected in the upcoming twenty‐five years.   The Lebanese Higher Education sector is a well‐developed one. This sector regroups one public University which is the Lebanese University (LU) and more than 50 private universities. All the Lebaneseuniversities’ curricula are one step behind in the field of Gas and Oil processing. This is due to the factthat the country is not a producer of this kind of raw material. Two refineries were present in the country before the civil war (1975‐1989). Those refineries were completely destroyed during the civil war and their actual role has been reduced to the imported fuel storage.   This project will address all the above problems by setting up a new teaching curriculum at the Lebaneseuniversities by a joint effort with the European universities members of the Consortium. This project willincrease the future engineer’s awareness to those issues. This project will also help in creating a network of the Lebanese and European universities promoting academic excellence through joint research, education, and exchange of experience. This will contribute in the sustainable development of the Lebanese higher educational system and in improving the career prospects of scholars in their homecountries. 

2- Overview on Pertroleum Industry by Dr Rami Harkous, Beirut Arab University  The presentation briefly introduces the petroleum industry and petroleum engineering. Beginning by the origin, migration and accumulation of petroleum and how hydrocarbons are explored using some geophysical techniques. Some petrophysical properties will be then discussed in the reservoir engineering section. Finally, fundamentals of drilling and production operations will be mentioned.

3- The Most Important Processes in the Refining and Petrochemical Industry: An Overview on the Production and Use of Hydrogen by Dr Wael Hamd, Lebanese University   One of the most challenging issues in this century is energy. Compared to other sources, Oil will continue to be a hugely important energy source in the years to come, but it is now crucial to optimize the oil production technologies and the processes involved in the transformation of petroleum-based hydrocarbons into the chemicals that form the basis of the multi-billion dollar petrochemical industry. For instance, hydrogen consumed on-site in oil refining, and in the production of ammonia and methanol plays a key role in modern society because there are no natural hydrogen deposits. Currently the dominant technology for direct production of hydrogen from hydrocarbons is steam reforming, but its production through water splitting utilizing only fully renewable resources such as water and photons seems to be an appealing solution to durably store large amounts of energy. Herein, we describe the new process developments in the manufacture of petrochemicals, especially the progress in hydrogen production by steam reforming and water splitting.

4- Thioresistant Catalysts for Selective Ring Opening of Gas Oil (Diesel) by Dr SalimNasserddine, Lebanese University Tetralinhydroconversion over supported iridium catalysts has been investigated under pressure flowing in the presence of H2S. Decalin, naphthalene, one-ring-opening alkenes and one-ring-contraction bicyclic products are formed. The quasi absence of cracking products results in a high catalyst stability. The Ir on amorphous ilica-alumina (ASA) with intermediate concentration of silica (40 wt.%) exhibits an optimal acidity, leading to the highest thiotolerance and ring-opening selectivity. Then, the optimized catalysts were used to convert anhydrotreated gas oil and 2D GC-MS was used to identify the conversion products and to define a family of naphthenes representative of the impact of Ir catalysts on the selective ring opening reaction. 

5- Simulation of Industrial Processes by Dr Joyce Kheir Lebanese University The globalization of the economy, the constraints of environment and safety and the dynamics of the market require a very big rigor in the conception and the conduct of the processes. In the context, we have more and more often appeal to the computing to conceive quickly and economically of new more profitable, cleaner, safer and more flexible processes, and in other term “sustainable processes”. The simulation of processes allows the industrialists on one hand to analyze, to improve the efficiency of an existing process and on the other hand to model and to simulate a new production unit. This activity sector, indicated by the term “Computer-aided engineering of the processes”, knew a very important development in numerous sectors during the last years. So, the simulators of processes are the basic tools for the technicians and the engineers of processes, because they allow to design, to optimize and then to follow the performances of the majority of the existing industrial processes in various sectors: organic and mineral chemistry, from heavy to fine chemistry, the petrochemical processes, liquefaction/gasification of the coal, food-processing industry, the treatment of minerals and biotechnology. From the definition of the process components, the choice of the thermodynamic model adapted and the chemical reactions, the simulator allows to: Solve the heat and material balance of the processes Determine the equilibrium phase: liquid/liquid  and liquid/vapor Determine the characteristics (flow, composition, pressure, temperature) of the fluids which circulate between various devices of the process Sizing of equipments as for example the quantity of exchanged heat or the theoretical number of stages Estimate the cost of investment and functioning of processes, also the impact on the environment and the safety. Simulators allow establishing, in an effective and rigorous way, heat and material balance of the processes, so unloading the engineer of boring and repetitive calculations. We understand then easily why the simulators of processes constitute the basic tools for the conception of the processes.

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