DGS March 2015 Dinner Meeting

"First Results from the APEX (Alpha - Lomonosov Ridge) Expedition to the North Pole" by Dr. Michael Kaminski. (DGS Monthly Dinner Meeting, 16th March 2015)
“First Results from the APEX (Alpha – Lomonosov Ridge) Expedition to the North Pole” by Dr. Michael Kaminski. (DGS Monthly Dinner Meeting, 16th March 2015)

On August 5, 2014, the KFUPM and Saudi flags flew over the North Pole, thanks to the participation of KFUPM scientist, Dr. Michael Kaminski from the Earth Sciences Department, onboard the ALEX (Alpha – Lomonosov Ridge) expedition from August – October 2014. Scientists from 10 countries representing 19 institutions set out on a 10-week expedition to the Arctic Ocean on board the German Icebreaker POLARSTERN. The expedition was led by Professor Ruediger Stein of the Alfred Wegener Institute in Bremerhaven, and was supported by major funding from the German National Science Foundation. The main goal of the expedition was to collect new geological and geophysical data that will allow us to obtain a more complete picture of the early history of the Arctic Ocean.

19th Middle East Oil & Gas Show and Conference

SPE-KFUPM at MEOS 2015 in Manama, Bahrain.
SPE-KFUPM at MEOS 2015 in Manama, Bahrain.

SPE-KFUPM Officers and members attend the 19th Middle East Oil & Gas Conference, and participate in the 2015 PetroBowl Middle East Regional Qualifier.

Inaugurated in 1979, MEOS is the most established exhibition of oil and gas products and services in the Middle East, attracting NOCs, IOCs and major operating companies. The conference, organised by the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), is the largest and best attended technical event of its kind in the region. At MEOS 2015 they combine to offer exceptional networking, business and educational opportunities to all professionals with an interest in the future of the Middle East’s hydrocarbon industry.

SPE-SAS March 2015 Dinner Meeting

Guests waiting for the talk to commence at the March 2015 Dinner Meeting.
Guests waiting for the talk to commence at the March 2015 Dinner Meeting.

On the 4th of March 2015, SPE-SAS held their 2nd dinner meeting of this year.  The title of the talk is “Geomechanical Challenges of Unconventional Gas Reservoirs”. Our speaker was Dr. Mark D. Zoback.

Dr. Mark D. Zoback is the Benjamin M. Page Professor of Geophysics at Stanford University and Director of the Stanford Natural Gas Initiative. Dr. Zoback conducts research on in-situ stress, fault mechanics, and reservoir geomechanics with an emphasis on shale gas, tight gas and tight oil production.

The talk commenced at 7:05PM. Mr. Mohammed Almuslem, an SPE-SAS Officer, began the event by highlighting the upcoming SPE-SAS events. He then turned over the stage to Mr. Salem Al-Dossary who introduced the speaker.

Dr. Mark D. Zoback began by giving an update on the current consumption and production of energy. He mentioned that, due to the rapid increase in the population by 2050, newer generations are going to have to provide twice as much energy that is currently being produced. The speaker then moved  on to talk about how Natural Gas is a much cleaner source of energy, and showed some statistics to prove it. Other topics discusssed include the pearmeability of unconventional shales, low recovery rates, and the cause of earthquakes due to injecting water into the reservoirs. Dr. Zoback mentioned “It’s not surprising that earthquakes do occur due to these processes, however it isn’t just fracking that is the sole cause.”

The talk concluded at 7:54PM. Questions were asked, pictures taken, gifts distributed, and then dinner was served!


Halliburton Base Visit

SPE-KFUPM members at Halliburton's Base.
SPE-KFUPM members at Halliburton’s Base.

On the 4th of March 2015, students participated in a trip to Halliburton’s Base. The students met up at around 8:00AM in the Petroleum Engineering Department to board the bus. Before they departed they were required to collect their Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) from Mr. Abdulsamad in Building 2. The students departed at around 8:15AM and returned to KFUPM at around 12:00 noon. Once again students were selected based on previous participation in SPE-KFUPM’s events and on a ‘first come-first serve’ basis.

Halliburton’s fascinating and proud history reveals a continuous focus on innovation and expansion that began with the company’s founder, Erle P. Halliburton. After borrowing a wagon, a team of mules and a pump, he built a wooden mixing box and started an oil well cementing business in Duncan, Oklahoma.

VReservoir Project

Illustration of the VReservoir Project.
Schematic illustration of the VReservoir Project.

The VReservoir Project is the PETE Club project that is currently being implemented by the students of the Petroleum Engineering Department at KFUPM. On the 3rd of March 2015 at around 4:30PM, the students met up at the department to discuss the project. Subjects discussed included the dimensions of the model reservoir, the capacity of the pumps, and the pressure that is going to be used to replicate the reservoir pressure. The students decided that a material known as poly-glass will be used as the walls of the model reservoir.

Baker Hughes Base Visit

SPE-KFUPM taken on a tour around the Baker Hughes shop
SPE-KFUPM taken on a tour around the Baker Hughes work shop.

On the 25th of February, SPE-KFUPM organises a field trip to Baker Hughes base in Abqaiq road. The team arranged for a bus to pick up the students from the University at 7:30AM, and the visit lasted from 8:00AM to 2:00PM. Selection of the students was based on recent activity and participation in SPE-KFUPM’s events, and was also based on ‘first come first serve’ basis.

In 1907, Reuben C. Baker developed a casing shoe that modernized cable tool drilling. In 1909, Howard R. Hughes, Sr. introduced the first roller cutter bit that dramatically improved the rotary drilling process. Over the ensuing eight decades, Baker International and Hughes Tool Company continued to lead the industry with innovative products in well completions, drilling tools and related services.

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