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Advanced Reservoir Modeling & Simulation Group


The KAUST SPE PetroBowl team qualified in the 2018 MENA (Middle East North Africa) competition to participate in the PetroBowl Finals held during the September 2018 SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition in Dallas, Texas, USA. In the PetroBowl competition SPE Student Chapter teams play against each other in a series of quick-fire rounds, answering technical and non-technical gas and oil-industry related questions. The PetroBowl competition has grown in size and popularity over the years and 2015 saw the introduction of six regional qualifier contests. The top 32 teams are invited to the PetroBowl Championship at the SPE Annual Conference.

The KAUST SPE has already established remarkable milestones in its short existence, winning the 1st place in the MENA region in 2015 and participating in the global finals in Houston in the same year. In addition, in 2017 the KAUST team won 3rd place worldwide in the online Geo-quiz competition, and this year our students won the first place in the SEG ChallengeBowl Middle East competition. These results reflect the growing reputation of KAUST students for academic and research excellence, strengthening the university's recognition within the global petroleum engineering community.

We congratulate our SPE Student Chapter on this significant achievement and we hope to see the PetroBowl cup coming to KAUST in September! 

For more information about the participating students click here
Dr. Victor Torrealba from the Hoteit group presented a technical paper on the use of microemulsion technology for conformance improvement application at the 2018 SPE Annual Technical Symposium and Exhibition in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. 

At the conference, which took place April 23-26, Dr. Torrealba also spoke on a young professional's panel about how young professional can maximize their contributions in STEM careers. During this panel, he emphasized ANPERC's efforts in training a diverse workforce in petroleum engineering, and his group's involvement in mentoring gifted high school students as part of the SRSI program.

Additionally, KAUST PhD student Wardana Saputra, a member of the Patzek group, presented results from his internship experience with Saudi Aramco on validating a generalized scaling curve method for EUR predictions in unconventional oil reservoirs.

Deemah AlAshban, who completed a six-week SRSI internship supervised by Prof. Hussein Hoteit in 2017, has qualified for the prestigious INTEL ISEF Science Fair in Pittsburgh, USA. The prestigious Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) is the largest pre-college scientific research event in the world. Each year in May, more than 1500 students from roughly 70 countries and territories compete in the Fair for scholarships, tuition grants, internships, scientific field trips and college scholarships.

AlAshban: "I was selected, among the 18 representatives, to be part of the Saudi team in the INTEL ISEF in Pittsburg. Students worldwide compete in local science fairs; the winners of these events go on to participate in regional fairs. After intense and enriching workshops, the winning projects win the opportunity to participate in Intel ISEF. In ISEF, we are to be judged by doctoral level scientists, and they will review our work."

AlAshban's research project, "Storing CO2 in Unconventional Gas Reservoirs through the Development of an Optimum Hydraulic Fracturing Design," is a continuation of the project she investigated at ANPERC.

Alashban explains: "The primary motivation of my research is to utilize the unused resources of gas, which will be a major relief to reduce the current high usage of crude oil. The objective of this project is to use the depleted gas reservoir for CO2 storage, by optimizing gas from the unconventional gas well and estimating the volume of CO2 that can be stored in the depleted reservoir. Storing CO2 in the subsurface of unconventional shale gas reservoirs reduces greenhouse emissions and maintains the underground pressure."

AlAshban's work with Prof. Hoteit at ANPERC exposed her to information about hydraulic fracturing, a process that produces ruptures in rock formations to stimulate the flow of natural gas.  "I came to the conclusion that the optimum design was 25 hydraulic fractures, each  with a half-length of 250 ft. and a height of 120 ft. In addition, it was proven that the depleted reservoir could accommodate approximately the same volume of CO2 as for shale gas."

Congratulations to Deemah! What an achievement! We wish you all the best in the competition. Good luck!


Professor Hussein Hoteit will represent ANPERC at the AIEC 2018, 5th Ajman International Environment Conference on Climate Change and Sustainability. He will be speaking on March 6, from 1pm to 3pm. In his talk he will give an assessment of CO2 Emissions from major industries in Saudi Arabia.