Petroleum Engineering is the practical application of physics, mathematics, chemistry and geology, combined with economic principles, to the recovery of petroleum.
Our Petroleum Engineering research is strongly guided by real-world industry needs. We focus on water-flooding, reservoir simulation, and enhanced oil and gas recovery for conventional and unconventional resources. Our work is particularly relevant to:
- oil and gas service companies
- chemical suppliers
- environmental industries
- geothermal energy
- industrial waste disposal
- aquifer contamination
- vadose zone engineering.
We are working to optimise and develop many aspects of the petroleum industry through our Petroleum Engineering research. This includes:
- recovery from mature water-flooded reservoirs
- low-salinity water injection
- stochastic processes simulation and data analysis
- tight sands wettability alteration
- flow-back recovery
- fracture roughness impacts on fracture propagation
- coal-seam gas productivity and onset production prediction methods for well stimulation in CSG fields
- energy recovery from geothermal fields
- oil and gas field behaviour prediction and exploration planning
- aquifer contamination laboratory-based modelling
- drilling fluids particle sizing.
Our findings are frequently adopted and adapted across industry to produce competitive advantage through enhanced processes and cost-efficiency. For example, our:
- gas-inflow profile determination method is used by Beach Energy and Santos in shale-gas and coal-seam-gas fields
- low-salinity water flooding analytical models are used by Wintershall (Germany) to plan and design enhanced oil recovery projects
- lab-based fines migration prediction method is used by Chevron for well management in the Gulf of Mexico
- three-point-pressure formation-damage assessment method is used by Petrobas.
Also of note, we have:
- carried out several integrated reservoir simulation studies for oil companies
- developed biosurfactant for microbial enhanced oil recovery
- helped develop highly advanced simulation software.
We consult to industry and government, providing guidance, insight and leadership in many forms, including:
- integrated reservoir study
- hydraulic fracturing design and simulation
- short courses in fractured reservoir simulation, hydraulic fracturing, well testing, and reservoir engineering
- well log and well test interpretation
- laboratory testing of reservoir rocks to estimate gas and oil well productivity
- oil recovery design in specific oil and gas fields
- unconventional energy sources planning and design, including field studies and reservoir simulation
- practical training in reservoir, drilling and production engineering
- simulation of conventional and unconventional oil and gas.
We have expertise across a wide range of areas. Many of our researchers are available to assist with research project supervision for Master of Philosophy and Doctor of Philosophy students.
|Professor Pavel Bedrikovetski||Enhanced oil and gas recovery; Transport and thermodynamics in porous media; Two-phase multi-component flows of nanofluids, suspensions and colloids|
|Associate Professor Manouchehr Haghighi||Recovery from unconventional reservoirs; Reservoir simulation; Enhanced oil recovery|
|Dr Abbas Zeinijahromi||Formation damage; Fines migration; Low salinity waterflooding|
|Dr Alireza Salmachi||Unconventional resources; Production data and rate transient analysis; Drilling and well completion|
|Mary Gonzalez||Production technology; Reservoir engineering; Hydraulic fracturing|
|Dr Mohammad Sayyafzadeh||Field development and reservoir flooding optimisation; History matching and uncertainty quantification; Coalbed methane production modelling and simulation|
|Dr Alexander Badalyan||Suspension flow in porous media; Characterisation of porous solids; Thermophysical fluid properties|
|Dr Themis Carageorgos||Oilfield scaling; Suspension-colloidal-nano transport in porous media; Laboratory studies on oil recovery visualisation|
|Dr Zhenjiang You||Modelling of transport phenomena in porous media; Enhanced oil and gas recovery; Formation damage|