"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
Saudi Aramco’s EXPEC ARC Dhahran head office visited the ANPERC labs.
On Thursday (Jan. 20th) five visitors from Saudi Aramco’s EXPEC ARC Dhahran head office visited and toured the ANPERC labs.
Future Investment Initiative
The 5th edition of the Future Investment Initiative was held in Riyadh from 26th to 28th October. During the event, PhD student Natalia Odnoletkova participated in a panel discussion session on "Preparing cities for a warmer climate".
ANPERC Open Doors (KROW)
ANPERC opened its doors on December 1st from 2 - 4 pm for the entire KAUST community to get to know its facilities and its great student projects.
ANPERC End of Year Party
On November 25th, the entire ANPERC team and their families had an enjoyable evening at the department's end-of-year party.
Natalia Odnoletkova was selected to represent Saudi Arabia at COP26
On November 4th, we had the pleasure of being by AEON Strategy to participate in a panel at COP26.
COP26 regional report and J. Carlos Santamarina
COP26 has highlighted the critical role of the Arabian Peninsula in addressing climate change towards a net-zero future. Professor J. Carlos Santamarina together with other professors contributed to the development of the regional profile for the region ahead of the conference.
We propose three idealized hydraulic fracture geometries (“fracture scenarios”) likely to occur in shale oil reservoirs characterized by high pore pressure and low differential in situ stresses. We integrate these geometries into a commercial reservoir simulator (CMG-IMEX) and examine their effect on reservoir fluids production.
Our first, reference fracture scenario includes only vertical, planar hydraulic fractures. The second scenario has stimulated vertical natural fractures oriented perpendicularly to the vertical hydraulic fractures. The third fracture scenario has stimulated horizontal bedding planes intersecting the vertical hydraulic fractures. This last scenario may occur in mudrock plays characterized by high pore pressure and transitional strike-slip to reverse faulting stress regimes. We demonstrate that the vertical and planar fractures are an oversimplification of the hydraulic fracture geometry in anisotropic shale plays. They fail to represent the stimulated volume geometric complexity in the reservoir simulations and may confuse hydrocarbon production forecast. We also show that stimulating mechanically weak bedding planes harms hydrocarbon production, while stimulated natural fractures may enhance initial production.
Our findings reveal that stimulated horizontal bedding planes might decrease the cumulative hydrocarbon production by as much as 20%, and the initial hydrocarbon production by about 50% compared with the reference scenario. We present unique reservoir simulations that enable practical assessment of the impact of varied hydraulic fracture configurations on hydrocarbon production and highlight the importance of constraining present-day in situ stress state and pore pressure conditions to obtain a realistic hydrocarbon production forecast.