Distinguished Lecturer Presentation : Sameeh Batarseh
Laser Technology in Petroleum Engineering-It is Time to Bring Lab Success Downhole
When: Thursday, March 10, 10:30 AM (social hour at 10:00am)
Where: One Hampshire Street, Schlumberger - Doll Research, Cambridge, MA, 02139
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The oil and the gas industry has attempted for many years to find acceptable non-damaging alternatives in well completion and stimulation to maximize well productivity and overall reserve recovery. Researchers have been targeting high power laser technology for its potential to revolutionize the industry in many of the upstream applications providing non-damaging alternative to conventional downhole technologies.
Laboratory research has proven the applicability of using high power lasers to drill through all types of rocks under simulated reservoir conditions and at high efficiency. Many objectives related to improvement in fluid flow and production, faster drilling and enhanced perforations among others can be achieved using this technology. Although it has been demonstrated that high power lasers can efficiently drill through rock formations at various surface and in-situ conditions, there are several challenges that should be evaluated and overcome before in-situ lasing becomes economically viable. One of the major challenges is conveying high power laser energy from the surface to a downhole target via fiber optics. Transmitting high power laser beam energy into long distance entails large energy losses due to attenuation and thermal accumulation.
Saudi Aramco has developed an R&D roadmap with a commitment to provide the industry with promising technology that is technically viable, economically attractive and environmentally friendly. This presentation will cover past, present and future of the project.
Sameeh earned the first PhD in this discipline from the Colorado School of Mines. Currently he is leading unconventional research team and heading high power laser research at Exploration and Petroleum Engineering Center - Advanced Research Center (ARC) of Saudi Aramco in Dhahran Saudi Arabia. He led a research team on high power laser technology in petroleum engineering at different organizations researches several applications for high lasers since its inception, including perforation, fracturing and drilling with an emphasis on unconventional reservoirs. Batarseh served in different SPE sections including SPE executive advisory committee, SPE program committee member, session chair and officer/board member of the San Joaquin California Section. He has 42 publications, holds 13 patents (8 in progress), and has conducted and organized several SPE technical workshops.