Overview

 INTRODUCTION

The Department of Petroleum and Chemical Engineering is the most recent addition to the School of Engineering, at the University of Nairobi.  The Department was started as a program under the Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering in the year 2014 which led to the admission of the first cohort of students in 2015.

The Petroleum Engineering undergraduate program is primarily concerned with the training on how to engage in economic extraction of oil and gas natural resources from the earth. Producing oil and gas is accomplished through the exploration, design, drilling and operation of wells and well systems, and the integrated management of the underground reservoirs in which the resources are found. A minor emphasis of the petroleum engineering program at the University of Nairobi will be the study of transportation of crude and refined petroleum products as well as downstream activities such as storage and distribution of petroleum products.

The curriculum is tailored to give the students a solid scientific foundation from the start, where in the first year of study, courses in mathematics, physics, chemistry, computer programming are taught, as well as other courses in the humanities such as communication skills, philosophy and HIV/AIDS. These courses are common to other disciplines of engineering.

The second and third year of the program are used to prepare the students in the engineering sciences such as Geology, Fluid Mechanics, Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer, Mechanics of Machines, Systems and Controls, Engineering Communication as well as Mathematics.

In the Fourth and Fifth years of study, the students study specialized courses in reservoir engineering, well drilling technology, the evaluation of petroleum formations and production systems, and production enhancement. In these senior years, students also are expected to study broad subjects such as engineering management. In the final year of study, students work on an engineering project that could be experimental or design-based and this exposes them to the design process from concept to the final product, emphasizing effective communication and presentation skills.

First Year

Course

Code

Course

Title

Semester I

Hours

Semester II

Hours

Credit Hours

FPE 111

Physics I

60

 

4

FPE 112

Physics II

 

60

4

FPE 151

Chemistry I

60

 

4

FPE 152

Chemistry II

 

60

4

FPE 161

Engineering Drawing I              (Manual Drawing)

60

 

4

FPE 162

Engineering Drawing II (Computer Aided Drawing)

 

60

4

FPE 165

Communication Skills (CCS004)

45

 

3

FPE 168

Elements of Philosophy (CCS008)

 

45

3

FPE 169

Emerging Health & Social Challenges HIV/AIDS (CCS 010)

45

 

3

FPE 171

Calculus I

45

 

3

FPE 172

Calculus II

 

45

3

FPE 173

Engineering Mechanics I (Statics)

45

 

3

FPE 174

Engineering Mechanics II (Dynamics)

 

45

3

FPE 181 Computer Science 1   45 3

FPE 182

Computer Science II

 

45

3

TOTAL

360

360

48

 

Second Year

Course

Code

Course

Title

Semester I

Hours

Semester II

Hours

Credit Hours

FPE 201

Introduction to Physical geography & Geology

45

 

3

FPE 202

Introduction to Petroleum Engineering

 

45

3

FPE 211

Solid and Structural Mechanics I

45

 

3

FPE 212

Solid and Structural Mechanics II

 

45

3

FPE 221

Thermodynamics I

45

 

3

FPE 222

Thermodynamics II

 

45

3

FPE 231

Fluid Mechanics I

45

 

3

FPE 232

Fluid Mechanics II

 

45

3

FPE 242

Non Destructive Testing (NDT)

 

45

3

FPE 251

Engineering materials science I

45

 

3

FPE 262

Sustainable Development

 

45

3

FPE 271

Calculus III

45

 

3

FPE 272

Linear Algebra

 

45

3

FPE 292

Electrical Circuits

 

45

3

TOTAL

360

360

48

 

Third Year

Course

Code

Course

Title

Semester I

Hours

Semester II

Hours

Credit Hours

FPE 311

Engineering Mechanics III (Dynamics)

45

 

3

FPE 322

Petroleum Drilling Systems

 

45

3

FPE 324

Reservoir Fluids

 

45

3

FPE 331

Formation Evaluation

45

 

3

FPE 332

Process Principles

 

45

3

FPE 342

Exploration Geophysics

 

45

3

FPE 343

Management & Business for Engineers

45

 

3

FPE 344

Law for Engineers

 

45

3

FPE 351

Engineering  Materials Science II

45

 

3

FPE 353

Reservoir Petro-physics

45

 

3

FPE 362

Well Performance

 

45

3

FPE 371

Calculus IV

45

 

3

FPE 372

Mathematical Methods

 

45

3

FPE 391

Analogue & Digital Electronics

45

 

3

TOTAL

315

315

42

 

FPE 399 Petroleum Engineering Field Assignment   8 weeks = 320 Hours (Equivalent to 110 hours of Instruction or 7 credit hours)

At the end of 3nd Year, students proceed for Practical Field Assignment for a period of 8 weeks.

Fourth Year

Course

 Code

Course

Title

Semester I

Hours

Semester II

Hours

Credit Hours

FPE 412

Drilling Engineering

 

45

3

FPE 413

Well testing and production logging

45

 

3

FPE 414

Petroleum Chemistry

 

45

3

FPE 421

Heat Transfer

45

 

3

FPE 431

Production Engineering

45

 

3

FPE 432

Reservoir Models

 

45

3

FPE 444

Engineering Project Management

45

 

3

FPE 452

Entrepreneurship for Engineers

 

45

3

FPE 461

Integrated Reservoir Design I

60

 

4

FPE 462

Integrated Reservoir Design II

 

60

4

FPE 471

Statistics for Engineers

45

 

3

FPE 472

Numerical Methods for Engineers

 

45

3

FPE 491

Electrical Machines (DC & AC)

45

 

3

FPE  492

Instrumentation & Control

 

45

3

 

TOTAL

330

330

44

 

Industrial Attachment

FPE 499 – Industrial Attachment

At the end of 4th Year, students proceed for Industrial Attachment for a period of 12 weeks.

 

Fifth Year

Course

Code

Course

Title

Hours

Semester I

Hours

Semester II

Credit

Hours

FPE 503

Advanced Production Engineering

45

 

3

FPE 511

Advanced Drilling Engineering

45

 

3

FPE 521

Petroleum Production Systems

 

45

3

FPE 522

Petroleum Refining

 

45

3

FPE 531

Reservoir Simulation I

45

 

3

FPE 532

Reservoir Simulation II

 

45

3

FPE 542

Downstream Operations

 

45

3

FPE 543

Hydrocarbon Phase Behaviour

45

 

3

FPE 544

Production Enhancement

 

45

3

FPE 551

Petroleum Economics

45

 

3

FPE 561

Engineering Project I

60

 

4

FPE 562

Engineering Project II

 

60

4

FPE 5XX

Elective I

45

 

3

FPE 5XX

Elective II

 

45

3

 

TOTAL

330

330

44

Admission Requirements for BSc Petroleum Engineering

Candidates shall be eligible for admission into the Bachelor of Science degree in the School of Engineering in the following categories.

KCSE Candidates

The basic admission requirement shall be the minimum requirement set for entry into Public Universities which is a mean grade of at least C+ in Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE). In addition, candidates shall have obtained at least C+ in each of the four cluster subjects from any of the following alternative clusters. However, a cut-off grade higher than C+ in each cluster subject shall be preferred if limitations of the number of places available for each degree programme versus the number of qualified candidates so demand. The said cut-off grades shall be determined and implemented by the School Board.

 

Alternative A:

Physics

Chemistry

Mathematics

Biology or Geography or any Group IV Subject

 

Alternative B:

Physical Sciences

Biological Sciences

Mathematics

Geography or any Group IV Subject

 

Group IV Subjects:

Home Science Building Construction

Art and Design Power Mechanics

Agriculture Electricity

Woodwork Drawing and Design

Metalwork Aviation Technology

 

A-Level Candidates

A-level candidates with 2 principals in Mathematics and Physics and a subsidiary level pass in Chemistry with Credit pass in English at O level

KNEC Higher National Diploma (HND) or Equivalent

Candidates with Higher National Diploma in the following broad areas of study:

    1. Agricultural Engineering

    2. Civil engineering

    3. Electrical engineering

    4. Mechanical engineering

    5. Geospatial Engineering

    6. Any other approved subject area.

 

Ordinary KNEC Diploma or equivalent (with credit pass)

    1. Agricultural Engineering

    2. Civil engineering

    3. Electrical engineering

    4. Mechanical engineering

    5. Geospatial Engineering

    6. Any other approved subject area.

Diploma from Science/Technical Teacher Training Colleges

Candidates with a Diploma in Mathematics and Physics from recognized teacher training colleges.

 

B.Sc/B.Ed (Science) degrees from Universities or any other relevant degrees

Candidates with a Bachelor of Science in Geology/geological petro-science and chemistry or Education degree in Physics and Mathematics from recognized institutions or any other relevant degree from a recognized institution.

 


in technologies for the upstream sector of the industry. The three broad thematic areas are as follows:

  1. Exploration and Drilling
  2. Reservoir Engineering
  3. Production Engineering

These are described in some detail below:

Exploration and Drilling

This thematic area consists of three focus areas:

 

  1. Exploration geo-physics

This focus area dwells on technologies and methods for geophysical surveys including magnetic, gravity, seismic refraction, seismic reflection, electrical resistivity, natural potential and, ground penetrating radar.

 

  1. Drilling and completions

This focus area dwells on technology development for drilling, well completions, and rock mechanics. Topics include well bore stability, high-temperature/high-pressure properties of drilling fluids, fracture gradients and pore pressure quantifications.

 

 

 

Reservoir Engineering

This thematic area consists of three focus areas:

  1. Reservoir Science

This focus area dwells on topics such as how to extract oil and gas efficiently from reservoirs taking into account geology, well locations, well type, well performance, injection and production strategies, production history, reservoir characteristics, fluid characteristics, data analytics, economics and many other factors.

  1. Reservoir Simulation

Reservoir simulation research focuses on development and application of reservoir simulators for various oil and gas recovery processes. The major development and application in this area have been concentrated on development and application of compositional reservoir simulators for enhanced oil recovery processes.

  1. Formation Evaluation

Formation evaluation research understands and characterizes the physical properties of reservoir rocks and distribution of fluids and pores within them. We investigate these properties through a variety of computational, laboratory, and down-hole techniques that combine fundamental physics and chemistry with petro-physical principles and measurement technology.

  1. Integrated Reservoir Characterization

Integrated Reservoir Characterization research focuses on: 1. providing practical approaches for assessing and managing geologic and flow related uncertainty using improved physical and stochastic models, and 2. providing insights into the physics of fluid flow through multi-scale heterogeneous media.

Production Engineering

This thematic area consists of two focus areas:

 

  1. Production technologies

This focus area dwells on a wide range of interests while presenting front-end technologies and meeting current industrial demands. Subjects include matrix acidizing, acid fracturing, fluid diversion, intelligent completion, and unstable displacement in porous media.

 

  1. Enhanced Oil Recovery

This focus area dwells on methods for enhancing oil recovery. It applies a number of methods to investigate process mechanisms, optimization and development of new chemicals, new models to design and predict field performance taking into account geology, geochemistry, petro-physics and reservoir engineering factors.

Fees Structure for Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering

  

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN PETROLEUM ENGINEERING - F22
Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering-Year 1 -14units      
   Semester 1   Semester 2   Yearly TOTAL 
TUITION               198,000          198,000                       396,000
MEDICAL FEE (PER YEAR)                    6,500                      -                              6,500
ICT SERVICES - (PER YEAR)                    7,000                      -                              7,000
ACTIVITY-( PER YEAR)                    2,000                      -                              2,000
CAUTION - (ONCE)                    5,000                      -                              5,000
REGISTRATION (PER SEMESTER@2250)                    2,250               2,250                            4,500
EXAMINATION (PER UNIT @1000)                    7,000               7,000                          14,000
ID CARD ( PER YEAR)                    1,000                      -                              1,000
STUDENT ORGANISATION(PER YEAR)                    1,000                      -                              1,000
LIBRARY (PER YEAR)                    4,000                      -                              4,000
TOTAL               233,750          207,250                       441,000
       
Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering-Year 2 -16units      
   Semester 1   Semester 2   Yearly TOTAL 
TUITION               198,000          198,000                       396,000
MEDICAL FEE (PER YEAR)                    6,500                      -                              6,500
ICT SERVICES - (PER YEAR)                    7,000                      -                              7,000
ACTIVITY-( PER YEAR)                    2,000                      -                              2,000
REGISTRATION (PER SEMESTER@2250)                    2,250               2,250                            4,500
EXAMINATION (PER UNIT @1000)                    8,000               8,000                          16,000
ID CARD ( PER YEAR)                    1,000                      -                              1,000
STUDENT ORGANISATION(PER YEAR)                    1,000                      -                              1,000
LIBRARY (PER YEAR)                    4,000                      -                              4,000
TOTAL               229,750          208,250                       438,000
Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering-Year 3 -14units      
   Semester 1   Semester 2   Yearly TOTAL 
TUITION               198,000          198,000                       396,000
MEDICAL FEE (PER YEAR)                    6,500                      -                              6,500
ICT SERVICES - (PER YEAR)                    7,000                      -                              7,000
ACTIVITY-( PER YEAR)                    2,000                      -                              2,000
REGISTRATION (PER SEMESTER@2250)                    2,250               2,250                            4,500
EXAMINATION (PER UNIT @1000)                    7,000               7,000                          14,000
ID CARD ( PER YEAR)                    1,000                      -                              1,000
STUDENT ORGANISATION(PER YEAR)                    1,000                      -                              1,000
LIBRARY (PER YEAR)                    4,000                      -                              4,000
TOTAL               228,750          207,250                       436,000
       
Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering-Year 4 -14units      
   Semester 1   Semester 2   Yearly TOTAL 
TUITION               198,000          198,000                       396,000
MEDICAL FEE (PER YEAR)                    6,500                      -                              6,500
ICT SERVICES - (PER YEAR)                    7,000                      -                              7,000
ACTIVITY-( PER YEAR)                    2,000                      -                              2,000
REGISTRATION (PER SEMESTER@2250)                    2,250               2,250                            4,500
EXAMINATION (PER UNIT @1000)                    7,000               7,000                          14,000
ID CARD ( PER YEAR)                    1,000                      -                              1,000
STUDENT ORGANISATION(PER YEAR)                    1,000                      -                              1,000
LIBRARY (PER YEAR)                    4,000                      -                              4,000
TOTAL               228,750          207,250                       436,000
Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering-Year 5 - 14units      
   Semester 1   Semester 2   Yearly TOTAL 
TUITION               198,000          198,000                       396,000
MEDICAL FEE (PER YEAR)                    6,500                      -                              6,500
ICT SERVICES - (PER YEAR)                    7,000                      -                              7,000
ACTIVITY-( PER YEAR)                    2,000                      -                              2,000
REGISTRATION (PER SEMESTER@2250)                    2,250               2,250                            4,500
EXAMINATION (PER UNIT @1000)                    7,000               7,000                          14,000
ID CARD ( PER YEAR)                    1,000                      -                              1,000
STUDENT ORGANISATION(PER YEAR)                    1,000                      -                              1,000
LIBRARY (PER YEAR)                    4,000                      -                              4,000
TOTAL               228,750          207,250                       436,000
Grand TOTAL            1,316,000

 

Department
MECHANICAL AND MANUFACTURING ENGINEERING