"I am so thrilled to realize that our center has grown today with roughly a hundred smart-talented people from many parts of the world."
"I must express my gratitude and appreciation to my academic advisor and ANPERC faculty for all the help and support during this exciting journey."
MS Student - ERPE
"I must acknowledge and thank my advisor, ERPE faculty, and all my colleagues at ANPERC who in one way or another contributed to my work. KAUST is a unique and diverse world-class research environment, and I'm happy to continue my research here as a PhD student in Prof. Hoteit's group."
MS Student - ERPE
ANPERC Iftar Dinner
Yesterday (April 11th, 2022) a wonderful Iftar dinner at one of the restaurants of Bay la Sun Hotel in KAEC (King Abdullah Economic City).
Milestone achieved: First KAUST-JAMSTEC research cruise in the Red Sea
All ANPERC Meeting - March 2022
SINOPEC, SAUDI ARAMCO and KSLP Leaders visited ANPERC
ANPERC Graphics Competition
Show us your artistic side and win prizes!
ANPERC presents at IPTC 2022
From 21 to 23 February, ANPERC and CCRC Centers represented KAUST at IPTC 2022. The three days conference focused on the energy of the future.
Perhaps as much as 50% of the oil-in-place in carbonate formations around the world is locked away in the easy to bypass microporosity. If some of this oil is unlocked by the improved recovery processes focused on tight carbonate formations, the world may gain a major source of lower-rate power over several decades. Here, we overview the Arab D formation in the largest oil field on earth, the Ghawar. We investigate the occurrence of microporosity of different origins and sizes using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and pore casting techniques. Then, we present a robust calculation of the probability of invasion and oil saturation distribution in the nested micropores using mercury injection capillary pressure data available in the literature. We show that large portions of the micropores in Arab D formation would have been bypassed during primary drainage unless the invading crude oil ganglia were sufficiently long. We also show that, under prevailing conditions of primary drainage of the strongly water-wet Arab formations in the Ghawar, the microporosity there was invaded and the porosity-weighted initial oil saturations of 60–85% are expected. Considering the asphaltenic nature of crude oil in the Ghawar, we expect the invaded portions of the pores to turn mixed-wet, thus becoming inaccessible to waterflooding until further measures are taken to modify the system’s surface chemistry and/or create substantial local pore pressure gradients.