ATCE Announces R&D Competition Winners

By SPE Staff 30 Oct 2014

Vaibhav Bahadur, Blake Teipel, and Omar Laghrouche took the top three spots in the Research and Development Competition at SPE's Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition in Amsterdam. Bahadur won first place and USD 30,000 for his research proposal Electrical Mitigation of Hydrocarbon Fouling for Reduced Chemical Inhibitor Utilization. In second place, with an award of USD 20,000, were Mustafa Akbulut and Cenk Temizel presented by Teipel with their proposal, Stimuli-Responsive Supramolecular Assemblies as Displacement Fluids in EOR. Laghrouche took third place and USD 10,000 with Multi-Wavelength Sized Finite Elements for Efficient Subsurface Imaging

The oil and gas E&P industry faces big challenges to meet the world’s growing energy needs. For that reason, SPE held a Research and Development Competition specifically to encourage researchers from the basic sciences and other engineering disciplines to engage in our challenges. The competition focused on six Grand Challenges identified by the SPE R&D Committee:

Increasing recovery factors from oil and gas fields
In-situ molecular manipulation
Carbon capture, storage, and sequestration
Produced water management 
• Higher-resolution subsurface imaging of hydrocarbons (PDF)
• Minimized environmental impact (PDF)

The competition was open to academia, research institutes and organizations, companies, and individual investigators. The top six finalists competed at ATCE in Amsterdam on 27 October, where they presented their proposals in a special session to a panel of industry judges. The six 2014 finalists and their research proposals were:

• Cenk Temizel, Stimuli-Responsive Supramolecular Assemblies as Displacement Fluids in EOR
• Vaibhav Bahadur, Electrical Mitigation of Hydrocarbon Fouling for Reduced Chemical Inhibitor Utilization
• Omar Laghrouche, Multi-Wavelength Sized Finite Elements for Efficient Subsurface Imaging
• Mark McHugh, Supercritical Water Oxidation of Fracking Water—Maximizing Recycle and Reuse
• Christos Tsakiroglou, Assessing the Capacity of Nanofluids to Enhance Residual Oil Recovery
• Robert K. Perrons, Learning from Platform Leaders: How Collaboration Models Used by Intel and Microsoft Can Help With Carbon Capture and Sequestration