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.

2015 UPES SPE Festival

Sami Alhameedi, President of SPE-KFUPM at the UPES Festival. (14th February 2015)
Sami Alhameedi, President of SPE-KFUPM at the UPES Festival. (14th February 2015)

SPE-KFUPM attends the 2015 UPES Festival in Dehradun, India.

The UPES SPE Fest 2015 aims to inspire multidisciplinary and transformative ideas in line with the principles of UPES SPE Student Chapter. With modern advances in technology, improved tools for design and transformation in the notions that circulate in the industry, the former technological, geographical, perceptual and social boundaries that used to constrain exploration and development possibilities are dissolving rapidly.

More on UPES SPE @ http://www.upesspe.org/

Schlumberger Day

Schlumberger Day
KFUPM students pose for a photograph with Mr. Ghassan Mirdad, VP & General Manager of Schlumberger Saudi Arabia & Bahrain.

On the 17th of February 2015, Mr. Ghassan Mirdad, Vice President and General Manager of Schlumberger Saudi Arabia & Bahrain, delivers a very insightful and inspiring talk to the students of KFUPM.

Ghassan graduated in 1996 with a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals, soon after joined Schlumberger as a Field Engineer.

Ghassan has over 18 professional years of experience with Schlumberger, with 13 years of international assignments across Egypt, Bolivia, Brazil, Pakistan, Dubai, Malaysia and Paris, including assignments in his home country of Saudi Arabia. During his career in Schlumberger, Ghassan has held several significant positions in the field, line management, operations and HR.

He is currently the Vice President & General Manager of Schlumberger’s Arabian Market, covering Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the Partition Zone.


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