21 November, 2017

EAGE visit to KAUST to strengthen cooperation

The EAGE regional manager Middle East, Ms. Emily Bell, recently paid a visit to KAUST to discuss EAGE's developing role in the Middle East with a strong emphasis on students and their future progression within the industry. Ms. Bell invited to make a presentation to the Earth Science and Engineering Department and was kindly hosted by ANPERC's Senior Research Scientist, Dr. Thomas Finkbeiner.

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16 November, 2017

New members join ANPERC lab team

Since its beginning in 2015 the ANPERC lab team has been growing steadily. Over the past few months two more lab technicians joined our team, which now consists of four people.

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06 November, 2017

Safeguarding the Environment: New Research at ANPERC Focuses on Storing and Trapping CO2 in the Subsurface

The world heralds the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as one of the most important producers of the hydrocarbons that power modern life. But can the Kingdom also be one of the primary drivers in addressing the environmental challenge?

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31 October, 2017

Welcome to ANPERC Dr. Torrealba!

October saw the arrival of our new Postdoctoral Fellow Dr. Victor Torrealba. Torrealba got his Bachelor's and Master's Degree in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering at the Pennsylvania State University and at the same university, he was awarded his Ph.D in 2017.

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29 October, 2017

EGEL-group hosts three guests from the American University of Beirut

The EGEL-group of Professor Carlos Santamarina hosted Professor Mazen El Ghoule, Professor Salah Sadek and Associate Professor Shadi Najjar from the American University of Beirut, Lebanon from October 22-23, 2017.

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18 October, 2017

ANPERC welcomes two new members

ANPERC welcomed two new members last month. Both Ahmed Albalawi and Ahmad Alabdulghani come from Saudi Arabia and started their new careers in September.

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15 October, 2017

ANPERC signs Memorandum of Understanding with Montan University

KAUST and Montan University Leoben from Austria recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding to allow extensive collaboration between the two universities. The Memorandum was signed Professor Jean Fréchet, Senior Vice President - Research, Innovation and Economic Development and will serve as an opportunity for ANPERC to connect with the department of Petroleum Engineering of MUL and set up various potential collaboration projects such as a student exchange or collaborative research fundings.

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08 October, 2017

PhD student Ahmed Saad was selected to participate in the 2017 SEG/Chevron Student Leadership Symposium (SLS)

PhD student Ahmed Saad was selected to participate in the SEG/Chevron Student Leadership Symposium (SLS) in Houston, Texas. Participants for the SLS undergo a rigorous selection process as only 50 students from all over the world get accepted.

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27 September, 2017

ANPERC at the ATCE2017 conference in San Antonio

ANPERC will be attending the SPE’s annual meeting of members which will take place from the 9th to the 11th of October 2017 in San Antonio, Texas, USA. The Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition features groundbreaking papers and special technical events designed to accelerate the application of innovations in every technical discipline. Visit our ANPERC booth and get more information about our research and academic programs. Faculty, scientists and staff will be available to answer your questions and to discuss the opportunities of learning and working at ANPERC. Our ANPERC booth (1075) is located in Exhibit Hall 2 of the Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center.

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30 August, 2017

Meet our new students

At the beginning of the new semester, four new Ph.D. students joined our center. This year they come from multiple countries and exciting backgrounds. Let's meet our new reinforcements!

Natalia Odnoletkova comes from Russia and earned a Bachelor's Degree in Petroleum Engineering at the Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and Gas. She then moved to Sweden for her Master's Degree in Sustainable Energy Engineering at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. When she is not studying, Natalia enjoys playing tennis and swimming. Natalia will be working with Professor Patzek.

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28 August, 2017

Professor Hosung Shin visits EGEL

It was a pleasure to welcome back Professor Hosung Shin from the University of Ulsan, Korea for 10 days during August. Dr Shin is an expert in the field of numerical modelling of rock fractures and collaborated closely with Professor Carlos Santamarina.

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22 August, 2017

Researching the Red Sea Subsurface

This summer Murtadha Al-Mallalah completed a research internship in the Energy GeoEngineering Laboratory or EGEL-group, led by Professor Carlos Santamarina. Al-Mallalah, who went to local high school in Saudi Arabia's Eastern Province, was admitted in the KAUST Gifted Student Program (KGSP) because he achieved the top 1% of high school students nationwide. The KGSP grant, established by KAUST in 2008 to create a pool of highly gifted Saudi students in STEM fields, gives the students the opportunity to complete a Bachelor's degree at premier institutions in the USA before returning to KAUST to start a M.S. or Ph.D. degree program.

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13 August, 2017

Interview with SRSI students Zainab Al-Abdullatif and Deemah AlAshban

Young and ambitious Deemah AlAshban and Zainab Al-Abdullatif are completing their 6-week SRSI internship at ANPERC. The 11-grade students, who both hail from Saudi Arabia's Eastern Province, belong to the country's top students, sitting through tough exams in order to win the Saudi Research Science Institute (SRSI) grant. The SRSI grant is a summer research program and aims to support and inspire the next generation of Saudi Arabian scientists

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11 July, 2017

Meet ANPERC’s intern from the KGSP!

Murtadha Al-Malallah who recently joined EGEL team as an intern from the KAUST Gifted Student Program. He is currently completing his Bachelor's Degree in Geosciences at the University of Arizona and will stay with us until August.

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17 June, 2017

Interview with Professor Volker Vahrenkamp

Dr. Volker Vahrenkamp joined ANPERC as Professor of Practice in Geology after many years of experience in the petroleum industry with Shell E&P companies and also as a Managing Director at NordicGeothermal in Dubai. In a recent interview with Professor Volker we learned more about his education and professional experience, his research and also his expectations as a professor in KAUST.

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12 June, 2017


We want to thank all of the 2017 EAGE visitors to ANPERC’s booth! Here you can find a few convenient links for our EAGE visitor who may want to know more about ANPERC and KAUST.

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08 June, 2017

ANPERC is attending 2017 EAGE Conference & Exhibition in Paris

Are you attending 2017 EAGE Conference & Exhibition, June 12-15 in Paris? Stop by and visit ANPERC’s booth to learn more about our research and academic programs!

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06 June, 2017

​ANPERC is looking for a Postdoc!

ANPERC is looking for a postdoc. The successful applicant will be part of the Carbonate Reservoirs Geology group (Caress), affiliated to the Ali I. Al-Naimi Petroleum Engineering Research Center (ANPERC) at KAUST.

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01 June, 2017

Baker Hughes donates software to ANPERC to advance research and real-world training for students

ANPERC is proud to announce that Baker Hughes Incorporated (NYSE:BHI) donated valuable technical software to King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia. This donation is part of the company’s ongoing support of education initiatives to develop the next generation of innovators.

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28 May, 2017

A Core That Rocks for Research – ANPERC Obtains Arab-D Core Samples

Over the past year, ANPERC has placed a great deal of effort and time to building and equipping a world-class petroleum and geoscience research laboratory facility. Although the center continues to add unique new equipment each day to complete the labs, principle research investigations have already begun in wide range of areas. Among these is the investigation of rock properties from oil and gas reservoirs in the Kingdom and throughout the Middle East. The availability of rock and core material is a critical prerequisite for the success of these research efforts.

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