They say that Indonesia’s oil reserves will run out in 20 years. However, did you know that this statement is not entirely true? TM lecturers from the 70s and 90s, who have knowledge and experience in this field, also made similar claims. Moreover, data from BP MIGAS states that the oil reserves are estimated to last for that duration. Why is that?Even though petroleum is extracted from the earth’s crust, why remains the reserve constant? It is because oil reserves can change with the discovery of new reserves. You have probably heard that petroleum is formed from the remains of microscopic organisms that have been deposited for thousands of years beneath the earth’s surface. As long as there are living organisms that die and their remains are deposited, they will continuously undergo natural processes and transform into petroleum. It can be said that petroleum is a form of renewable energy, but because its formation process takes a long time, it is often categorized as non-renewable energy.

Research Topics
Studying in TM involves learning about oil, natural gas, and geothermal energy. These three natural resources are collectively known as hydrocarbons, with hydrogen and carbon as their main components. In this study program, you will learn essential aspects such as reservoirs, drilling, production, surface facilities, and comprehensive field management. Do not worry if these terms sound unfamiliar; you will learn them in detail.

A reservoir is a subsurface location where hydrocarbons are trapped within rock pores and adhere to the rock surfaces. Drilling is creating a hole from the surface to reach the hydrocarbon-bearing rock. Production involves the flow of hydrocarbons from the reservoir to the surface. Once it reaches the surface, the hydrocarbons are transported to surface facilities, including separators that separate oil, water, and gas. Afterward, the hydrocarbons are stored in primary storage tanks before being transported to refineries for further processing. You will also study the economic and management aspects of oil field management.

Dreaming of studying in the Petroleum Engineering (TM) Program at ITB? Prepare yourself for a fun and challenging learning experience! The Petroleum Engineering (TM) Program involves exploration and exploitation activities related to hydrocarbons, covering various fields of knowledge. You will take courses from other programs such as Geological Engineering, Geophysical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, and Computer Engineering. Not only that, but since you will be working in remote areas among communities, taking courses from the Socio-Technological (SOSTEK) department, such as Social Psychology, Semiotics Engineering, Communication, and Anthropology, is highly recommended. This will provide a good foundation for interacting with the surrounding communities.

In addition to academic activities, the Petroleum Engineering Program also facilitates non-academic student activities through the Petroleum Engineering Student Association “PATRA,” the SPE student chapter, and the IATMI student chapter.

Indonesia has the potential to increase its oil reserves in the future. Only about 30% of the country’s oil basins have been explored. Many basins remain untapped due to various factors, such as technological limitations, offshore locations, lack of economic value studies, and regulatory factors related to revenue sharing between the central and regional governments, tax incentives, and the percentage of production for domestic needs.

Career Prospects
After graduation, there are various attractive career prospects to choose from for our alumni in national or foreign oil companies such as Pertamina, Medco, CNOOC SES, Exxon, Chevron, Total E&P, and BP. Government positions are also an option, such as in BP MIGAS or the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources. Additionally, petroleum experts are needed in the banking and insurance sectors as risk analysts for credit and claims related to oil and gas exploitation activities. For those interested in the academic field, there are opportunities to apply for scholarships in our PE’s graduate program and at foreign universities to pursue further studies domestically or abroad and become researchers or lecturers. If you have an entrepreneurial spirit, many of our alumni start their businesses in the oil and gas industry after gaining work experience in other companies or even education, food, and beverages. Moreover, the connection between the Petroleum Engineering Program at ITB and its alumni is strong, with many alumni supporting the program, making it a robust TM program.

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