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Post-Publication Author Questionnaire: Alireza Bahadori
Fluid Phase Behavior for Conventional and Unconventional Oil and Gas Reservoirs, by Alireza Bahadori, Research staff member, School of Environment, Science, and Engineering, Southern Cross University, Lismore, NSW, Australia
- What is your particular area of expertise?
- Natural gas production and processing,
- Petroleum production and processing
- Applications of machine learning, predictive analytics, and other artificial intelligence-based technologies in the oil, gas and chemical industries.
- Applications of mathematics in oil, gas and chemical engineering
- Simulation, optimization and decision making in oil and gas processing
- What first inspired you to study your area of expertise?
I believe the main aim of modelling, simulation and optimization in the oil and gas industries is to improve utilization of the capacity of oil, gas production and processing plants to get higher throughput. The idea is to operate the plant, at every instant of time, as near optimum as possible. While this goal is shared with most of the other process industries, optimizing production in the oil and gas industry presents some very peculiar aspects. In addition to the production optimization of processing plant, we need to consider operational costs, hardware abrasion, process plant performance, environmental requirements and operational difficulties within each sector and/or topside. To further complicate the optimization task, the distinctive challenges change over time. This first inspired me to study my area of expertise.
- Why would readers want to read your book?
Phase Behaviour (PVT) analysis needs to be performed on representative fluid samples collected at the earliest opportunity, normally during the drilling of the first exploration well and certainly before the reservoir is put into full production. This highly specialized form of analysis delivers results for reservoir engineering purposes and also supports the design and optimization of processes and facilities. My book offers in depth and comprehensive range of cutting edge and latest information regarding PVT to suit reader’s needs.
We know, petroleum reservoir fluids are naturally occurring mixtures of gas and oil that exist at elevated pressures and temperatures. Reservoir fluid compositions typically include hundreds or thousands of hydrocarbons and a few nonhydrocarbons, like nitrogen, carbon dioxide and hydrogen sulfide. The physical properties of these mixtures depend primarily on composition, pressure, temperature and volume (PVT) conditions. Accurate data for the phase behavior of these hydrocarbon mixtures is needed to improve oil recovery. Sometimes, experimental PVT data is available, but not many measurements are carried out for a given mixture; furthermore, it is expensive to investigate the full range of phase behavior that can occur during a recovery process or a separation chain. In the absence of PVT laboratory data, predictions of the reservoir fluid behavior can be obtained by using a well-established equation of state to compute the phase behavior and a correct representation of the composition of the reservoir fluid. Therefore, reservoir engineers must rely on characterization schemes and thermodynamic models to calculate the missing data. The objective of my book is to show how reservoir characterizations and PVT analyses can be carried out for both conventional and unconventional reservoirs.
- What subject areas and industries does this book directly relate to?
This book is suitable for all petroleum engineers, chemical engineers, such as:
- Reservoir Engineers
- Graduate/Post-graduate students in Oil and Gas, and related Engineering and Sciences
- Oil and Gas Consultants
- Petroleum engineers
- Shale oil and gas Manager/Directors
- Oil and Gas Engineer/Personnel
- Petroleum production engineers
- Heavy oil Production/Process Head/Director/Manager
- Lead Reservoir engineers
- Research and Development
- Gas reservoirs development manager
- What problems/challenges does this book address and what problem does it solve for your readers?
This book presents the methods for obtaining values of reservoir fluid properties from laboratory data and correlations. Chemical properties of hydrocarbons, conventional laboratory PVT (Pressure-Volume-Temperature) tests and quality control will also be covered. Readers will learn about phase diagrams, mixing rules, EOS, EOS tuning, and fluid properties. The book covers examples and problems to solve.
This book will help participants gain a better understanding of the reservoir fluids and how to manage problem concerning reservoir fluid properties with increased confidence.
To my knowledge this is the 1st book that covers reservoir fluids characterization for both conventional and unconventional reservoirs.
- What topics and subjects does this book uniquely address and what value does it add to the industry?
This book is unique. Because it covers fluid characterization for unconventional shale oil and shale gas resource. Organically rich shale gas and liquid reservoirs, once ignored by operators seeking easier plays and faster returns on investments, are attracting increasing attention as potential sources of significant natural gas and liquid reserves.
Moreover this book presents the latest developments in both conventional and unconventional fluid characterization and PVT analysis.
- What do you think will be the next big discovery or development in your field?
Unconventional oil and natural gas activity is revolutionizing world’s energy future and generating enormous economic benefits. As oil and gas production from resource plays continues to expand, substantial growth is expected in capital expenditures and industry employment to support this activity, generating millions of jobs and billions in government receipts. Even for the US, this represents almost 100 years of supply. The discovery of unconventional gas and, in particular, ‘Shale Gas” is perceived by many to be a game changer.
- Why did you choose Elsevier to publish this work?
I chose Elsevier because it is the largest global publisher of science, technology, especially in the oil and gas area. They offer unique, trusted partnership and spreading my books and promoting them worldwide. The acquisition editor Ms. Katie Hammon is very experienced and knowledgeable editor who aims at long term partnerships which extend beyond the first publication. I am really impressed with her professionalism and performance. Also, Elsevier is set up to provide a fast and easy road to a very wide distribution of my books. Elsevier key value proposition is to offer an open and always-available communication channel to me and they have a successful marketing team. Elsevier is always on top of my list for publication of my books.
About the book
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- Provides tactics on reservoir phase behavior and dynamics with new information on shale oil and gas hydrates
- Helps readers Improve on the effect of salt concentration and application to C02-Acid Gas Disposal with content on water-hydrocarbon systems
- Provides practical experience with PVT and tuning of EOS with additional online excel spreadsheet examples
You can read chapter 1 Oil and Gas Properties and Correlations for a limited time here:
About the Author
Alireza Bahadori, PhD, CEng, MIChemE, CPEng, MIEAust, RPEQ, NER is a research staff member in the School of Environment, Science and Engineering at Southern Cross University, Lismore, NSW, Australia, and managing director and CEO of Australian Oil and Gas Services, Pty. Ltd. He received his PhD from Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia. During the past twenty years, Dr. Bahadori has held various process and petroleum engineering positions and was involved in many large-scale oil and gas projects. His multiple books have been published by multiple major publishers, including Elsevier. He is Chartered Engineer (CEng) and Chartered Member of Institution of Chemical Engineers, London, UK (MIChemE). Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng) and Chartered Member of Institution of Engineers Australia, Registered Professional Engineer of Queensland (RPEQ), Registered Chartered Engineer of Engineering Council of United Kingdom and Engineers Australia’s National Engineering Register (NER).
Oil & Gas
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