Team

Prof. Ken Sorbie (FAST co-PI)

Ken Sorbie is the Cairn Energy Professor of Petroleum Engineering at Heriot-Watt University. He has a first degree in Chemistry from Strathclyde University and a DPhil in Theoretical Chemistry/Applied Mathematics from the University of Sussex. Following this, he did postdoctoral research at Cambridge University working on theoretical aspects of semi-classical molecular quantum theory. He has worked in oil related research for over 36 years, firstly with the Department of Energy (now DECC) laboratory at AEA Winfrith where he led a group working on improved oil recovery, flow through porous media and reservoir simulation and, since 1988, at Heriot-Watt University. His current research is in three main areas: (i) on the fundamentals of multi-phase flow through porous media, and (ii) on oilfield chemistry, particularly mineral scale formation and control, and (iii) in Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) both by gas injection (WAG) and chemical methods such as injection of polymer, surfactant etc. He has published over 350 technical papers and a book titled Polymer Improved Oil Recovery. In 2004 Ken was awarded the Society of Core Analysts (SCA) Technical Achievement Award in 2008, he was awarded the SPE IOR Pioneer Award for his contributions to Improved Oil Recovery and in 2013 he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from The Royal Society of Chemistry (Speciality Chemicals) for his contribution to Oilfield Chemistry research and teaching.
Ken Sorbie

Prof. Eric Mackay (FAST co-PI)

Eric Mackay holds the Foundation CMG Chair in Reactive Flow Simulation in the Institute of Petroleum Engineering at Heriot-Watt University and is a Co-Principal Investigator for the Flow Assurance and Scale Team (FAST) Joint Industry Project. His research interests include the study of fluid flow and geochemical reactions in porous media.  He has over 200 publications related primarily to inorganic scale management and to Carbon Capture and Storage.  He was appointed SPE Distinguished Lecturer on the topic of Scale Management during 2007-2008. Eric has taught Reservoir Simulation at Heriot-Watt University since 1990.  He holds a BSc in Physics from the University of Edinburgh and a PhD in Petroleum Engineering from Heriot-Watt University.  Eric is a member of SPE.
Eric Mackay

Prof. Anne Neville (FAST co-PI, University of Leeds partner)

Anne Neville is the RAEng Chair in Emerging Technologies and Deputy Head of the School of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Leeds. She gained a BEng (1st Class Hons) and a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Glasgow, and was awarded the Goudie Prize for Thermodynamics. Between 1995 and 2003 she worked at Heriot-Watt University before taking up the Chair in Tribology and Surface Engineering at the University of Leeds. During 2003 – 2011 she was the Founding Director of the Institute of Engineering Thermofluids, Surfaces and Interfaces, and leader of the Corrosion and Surface Engineering Research Group at the University of Leeds. Her research work is focused on corrosion and tribo-corrosion, lubrication and wear, mineral scaling, and surgical technologies. Anne received the MacDougall Brisbane Prize from the RSE, the Guy Bengough Prize for a series of corrosion papers, and in 2011 the Royal Society Research Merit Award.

Mike Singleton (FASTrac manager)

Mike Singleton is a Senior Research Fellow at Heriot-Watt University, where his research interests include mechanisms of oilfield scale formation, its prevention and the chemical interactions that take place during fluid flow through porous media. He is an active member of the Flow Assurance and Scale Team (FAST) joint industry project (JIP) and is also responsible for the group’s consultancy activity (FASTrac).
Mike joined the FAST group in 2004 following 10 years of service with Baker Petrolite, Liverpool, UK. During this time Mike was involved in the manufacture and testing of many oilfield service chemicals, ranging from demulsifiers to scale, wax and corrosion inhibitors.
From 1997-98, he was seconded to Heriot-Watt University to study the molecular structure/activity relationship for a proprietary Baker Petrolite scale inhibitor and received an MPhil. degree for his work in this area.
In 1999, Mike returned to the Institute of Petroleum Engineering to lead a 5 year joint Baker Petrolite/Heriot-Watt University research project into the area of Chemical Water Control, investigating the mechanisms of Relative Permeability Modification (RPM), the development of suitable RPM chemistries and the design and deployment of these chemistries in the field. Mike also holds a BSc. Degree in Chemistry from Salford University, UK (1991). Mike has authored/co-authored 8 publications and in excess of 50 consultancy research reports.
Mike Singleton

Alan Beteta is a Senior Laboratory Technician in the Flow Assurance and Scale Team (FAST) and the associated Research and Consultancy activity (FASTrac) in the Institute of Petroleum Engineering at Heriot-Watt University, where he has worked since 2012. His research area is Chemical EOR with a focus on Polymer Flooding. He is the Technical Lead for the Polymer EOR Team in FASTrac, responsible to the Project Lead for coordinating the laboratory studies. His technical expertise includes Rheology, Polymer Stability and Coreflooding. These technical skills have been applied on-site at various field trials. He has co-authored over 20 consultancy reports on Polymer EOR and has been involved in the design stages of projects in the North Sea and further afield. He holds an MChem in Chemistry from Edinburgh University.  Alan is a member of SPE.

Lorraine Boak is currently Research Fellow/Laboratory Manager in the Flow Assurance and Scale Team (FAST) and the associated Research and Consultancy activity (FASTrac) in the Institute of Petroleum Engineering at Heriot-Watt University, and has been with the group since 1993 in a number of different roles. Her research interests include oilfield scale surface nucleation and growth inhibition, and chemical analysis techniques – ICP and wet chemical methods. Health and Safety and PhD student supervision are also key aspects of Lorraine’s role. She has authored/co-authored numerous research and consultancy reports and over 25 technical conference/journal papers. Lorraine became a Heriot-Watt University Career Coach in 2011. She holds a BSc (Hons) in Chemistry and both MPhil and PhD degrees in Petroleum Engineering, all from Heriot-Watt University.  Lorraine is a member of SPE.

Tom Clark is a Senior Mechanical Technician in the Flow Assurance and Scale Team (FAST) and the associated Research and Consultancy activity (FASTrac) in the Institute of Petroleum Engineering at Heriot-Watt University. He has nearly 40 years’ experience in the design and manufacture of bespoke equipment for research and commercial applications within oil related industries. Responsibility for the calibration of instrumentation and the general maintenance of lab equipment are two other aspects of his role within the team. He holds a City and Guilds qualification in Fabrication Engineering from Telford College and a City and Guilds qualification in Mechanical Engineering from Bathgate College. He served his apprenticeship in Cameron Iron Works, Livingston.

Ivan Davis is a Scientific Officer in the Flow Assurance and Scale Team (FAST) and the associated Research and Consultancy activity (FASTrac) in the Institute of Petroleum Engineering at Heriot-Watt University.  Ivan joined FAST in February 2006 having worked in industry for one year, and currently undertakes coreflooding experiments and designs LabView applications for recording instrumentation for both FASTrac and FAST.  He holds a BEng (Hons) in Chemical Engineering from Heriot-Watt University and is currently an associate member of the Institute of Chemical Engineers.

Alexander Graham is a Research Associate in the Flow Assurance and Scale Team (FAST) and the associated Research and Consultancy activity (FASTrac) in the Institute of Petroleum Engineering at Heriot-Watt University. His research encompasses many aspects of oilfield chemistry and flow assurance, and his primary focus is on the formation and inhibition of sulphide scales in static and dynamic systems. This has included the development of practical and analytical techniques to determine the reaction mechanisms and to minimise the related HSE implications of working with H2S. Alexander joined FASTrac in 2012, working on low salinity Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR). He has subsequently carried out various high-value projects for international oil companies looking at the factors affecting the formation of sulphide scales, and has contributed to the design of equipment to examine H2S interactions in porous media. He has also contributed to the supervision of two PhD students working in the area of sulphide scale formation/inhibition since 2014, and has helped to define the work undertaken and presented to the FAST joint industry project (JIP). Alexander holds a BSc (Hons) in Pharmaceutical Chemistry from the University of Dundee and a PhD in Inorganic/Physical Chemistry from The University of Edinburgh.

Oleg Ishkov is a Research Associate in the Flow Assurance and Scale Team (FAST) and the associated Research and Consultancy activity (FASTrac) in the Institute of Petroleum Engineering at Heriot-Watt University. He has worked at the interface between reservoir simulation and geochemistry for over 9 years. Oleg performs mathematical modelling of chemical processes and oilfield mineral scale reactions in the reservoir. His research interests include predicting scale risk at production wells, interpreting produced water compositional data, and reservoir simulation history matching using natural tracers. He has over 10 years’ experience in the oil industry working in consulting roles at the Yukos R&D department, and most recently performing consultancy studies in the Flow Assurance and Scale Team. Oleg holds an MSc in Information Technologies (Optimization Algorithms and Methods) from the Tomsk Polytechnic University, Russia and a PhD in Petroleum Engineering from Heriot-Watt University.

Wendy McEwan is a Laboratory Technician in the Flow Assurance and Scale Team (FAST) and the associated Research and Consultancy activity (FASTrac) in the Institute of Petroleum Engineering at Heriot-Watt University. Wendy provides analytical support for the team, primarily by ICP-OES.  She holds a BSc (Hons) in Chemistry from Strathclyde University. 

Thomas McGravie is a Senior Mechanical Technician in the Flow Assurance and Scale Team (FAST) and the associated Research and Consultancy activity (FASTrac) in the Institute of Petroleum Engineering at Heriot-Watt University. He has nearly 25 years’ experience in the design and manufacture of bespoke equipment for research and commercial applications within oil related industries. Responsibility for the calibration of instrumentation and the general maintenance of lab equipment are two other aspects of his role within the team. He holds an HNC in Engineering Design/Manufacture from Jewel & Esk Valley College.

Katherine McIver is a Laboratory Technician in the Flow Assurance and Scale Team (FAST) and the associated Research and Consultancy activity (FASTrac) in the Institute of Petroleum Engineering at Heriot-Watt University.  Katherine provides technical, laboratory and analytical support for a number of ongoing research projects as well as performing static and dynamic scale inhibitor performance testing. She trains new laboratory personnel in a number of the practical techniques used within the group and has commissioned equipment manufactured for external clients. Katherine holds a BSc in Chemistry from the University of Edinburgh.

Heather O’Hara is a Senior Administrative Assistant in the Flow Assurance and Scale Team (FAST) and the associated Research and Consultancy activity (FASTrac) in the Institute of Petroleum Engineering at Heriot-Watt University. Her role involves coordinating and providing administrative support to the staff and students of the team for research, teaching/training and consultancy activities. Heather is the primary contact for all sponsor and outside enquiries.

Robin Shields is a Research Fellow in the Flow Assurance and Scale Team (FAST) and the associated Research and Consultancy activity (FASTrac) in the Institute of Petroleum Engineering at Heriot-Watt University.  He is the Project Leader for the Polymer EOR Research Team in FASTrac, working with oil companies and polymer manufacturers to achieve successful implementation of polymer EOR projects.  He has 16 years’ experience working within the industry and his research interests include EOR, water shut-off, scale, sand control, water management and rheology.  Robin has authored and co-authored numerous conference and journal papers and has chaired and co-chaired SPE Technical Workshops committees.  He holds a BSc (Hons) in Chemistry from Heriot-Watt University.

Oscar Vazquez is an Assistant Professor in the Flow Assurance and Scale Team (FAST) and the associated Research and Consultancy activity (FASTrac) in the Institute of Petroleum Engineering at Heriot-Watt University, where his research interests include the modelling of all aspects of scale inhibitor squeeze treatments, with a particular interest in the automatic optimisation of squeeze designs, reservoir history matching using Produced Water Chemistry (PWC) as natural tracers, and the optimisation of Enhanced Oil Recovery techniques. He has contributed to more than 30 publications about scale inhibitor squeeze treatment modelling, improved reservoir history matching using PWC, and optimisation of EOR implementation. He holds a BSc in Mathematics from the University Autonoma of Madrid, an MSc in Mathematical Modelling from East Anglia University, and both an MSc in Information Technology and a PhD in Petroleum Engineering from Heriot-Watt University.   Oscar is a member of SPE.


Yaser Alduailej is a PhD student in the Flow Assurance and Scale Team (FAST) at the Institute of Petroleum Engineering at Heriot-Watt University, where he commenced his studies in September 2014. His research interests include fundamental and advanced interaction mechanisms of hydrogen sulphide and scaling cations, as well as sulphide scale inhibition and development of chemical analysis techniques. Yaser has more than 6 years of experience in Saudi Aramco, Saudi Arabia, specializing in production enhancement, well stimulation and formation damage mitigation. Yaser has published 7 technical papers and holds one granted patent.  He holds a BSc in Chemistry and an MSc in Petroleum Engineering from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Saudi Arabia.  Yaser is a member of SPE.

Bader Alharbi is a PhD student in the Flow Assurance and Scale Team (FAST) at the Institute of Petroleum Engineering at Heriot-Watt University, where he commenced his studies in September 2014. His current research interests include sulphide scale formation, inhibition and removal.  Before joining Heriot-Watt University he worked for Saudi Aramco from 2006 to 2014, and was involved in several projects including well stimulation and condensate banking removal.   He holds a BSc in Chemical Engineering and MSc in Petroleum Engineering from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM).  Bader is a member of SPE.

Mandhr Al Kalbani (aka Munther) is a PhD student in the Flow Assurance and Scale Team (FAST) at the Institute of Petroleum Engineering, Heriot Watt University, where he commenced his studies in January 2017. His research interests include simulation of chemical EOR, particularly Alkaline-Surfactant-Polymer (ASP) flooding in carbonate lithology, with optimization with respect to oil recovery, scale damage and cost. He holds a BSc in Petroleum Engineering from University of New South Wales, Australia and an MSc in Reservoir Evaluation and Management from Heriot Watt University. Mandhr is a member of SPE.

Mohamed Arab is a PhD student in the Flow Assurance and Scale Team (FAST) at the Institute of Petroleum Engineering at Heriot-Watt University, where he commenced his studies in October 2014. His research interests include the phase behaviour of mutual solvents (MS: simple non-ionic amphiphiles), their transport through porous media, the modelling of MS phase behaviour and transport and the analysis of MS; all in the context of oilfield chemistry and scale inhibition via squeeze treatments. He holds a MEng (Hons) degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Nottingham and is an Associate Member (AMIChemE) of the Institute of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) and a member of SPE.

Khosro Jarrahian is a PhD student in the Flow Assurance and Scale Team (FAST) at the Institute of Petroleum Engineering at Heriot-Watt University, where he commenced his studies in February 2015. His research interests include surface chemistry applied in Petroleum Engineering, particularly the effect of surfactant adsorption on the wettability of reservoir rock, mechanistic studies of scale inhibitor retention by examining static adsorption/compatibility of scale inhibitors and using chemical analysis techniques such as Environmental Scanning Electron Microscope (ESEM), Energy Dispersive X-Ray Spectroscopy (EDX) and Particle Size Analysis (PSA).  He holds a BSc from Sahand University of Technology and an MSc in Chemical Engineering from Tarbiat Modares University, both in Iran.

Ayrton Ribeiro is a PhD student on dual degree PhD programme between Heriot-Watt University (HWU, United Kingdom) and Universidade Federal de Pernambuco (UFPE, Brazil) and currently studies in the Flow Assurance and Scale Team (FAST) at the Institute of Petroleum Engineering at Heriot-Watt University, where he commenced his studies in November 2014. His research interests include the study of multiphase flow and geochemical reactions in porous media. He holds a BSc in Physics from the Universidade Federal do Pará (UFPA, Brazil) and an MSc in Physics from Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio, Brazil). Ayrton is a member of SPE.

Hydra Rodrigues is a PhD student in the Flow Assurance and Scale Team (FAST) at the Institute of Petroleum Engineering at Heriot-Watt University, where he commenced his studies in August 2016. Her research interests include CO2-WAG injection, oilfield scale deposition in carbonate reservoirs, geological CO2 storage and uncertainties in reservoir characterization.  She holds a BSc in Petroleum Engineering from Federal University of Ceara (UFC), Brazil.  Hydra is a member of SPE.

Rozana Sazali is a PhD student in the Flow Assurance and Scale Team (FAST) at the Institute of Petroleum Engineering at Heriot-Watt University, where he commenced his studies in October 2013. Her research interests include silicate scale formation mechanisms and influencing factors of silica scale in ASP flooding with alkali; and prevention measures of ASP flooding. She holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical) from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), Malaysia and Master of Science in Process Integration from Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP), Malaysia.  Rozana is a member of SPE.

Duarte Silva is a PhD student in the Flow Assurance and Scale Team (FAST) at the Institute of Petroleum Engineering at Heriot-Watt University, where he commenced his studies in May 2013. His research interests include modelling of mineral scale in Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) processes and the study of fluid flow and geochemical reactions in porous media. He holds an MSc in Chemical Engineering from Instituto Superior Técnico, in Portugal.  During his MSc studies, he was an exchange student in Politecnico di Milano, in Italy, and in IFP Energies Nouvelles, in France.  Duarte is a member of SPE.

Alsu Valiakhmetova is a PhD student in the Flow Assurance and Scale Team (FAST) at the Institute of Petroleum Engineering at Heriot-Watt University, where he commenced his studies in January 2015. Her research interests include oilfield scale inhibitor performance by examining the fundamentals of scale inhibitor mechanisms and chemical analysis techniques.  She holds a BSc and an MSc in Chemical Engineering from Kazan National Research Technological University, Russia.  Alsu is a member of SPE.

Giulia Verri is a PhD student in the Flow Assurance and Scale Team (FAST) at the Institute of Petroleum Engineering at Heriot-Watt University, where she commenced her studies in February 2015. Her current research focuses on the study and prediction of iron sulphide scale applied to real field scenarios. Previously she worked for a chemical service company as Field Engineer, Production Chemist and Account Manager in Italy, San Juan Basin (USA) and North Sea (UK). She holds a BEng in Chemical Engineering from Bologna University (Italy) and an MSc in Advanced Chemical Engineering from Imperial College London (UK).  Giulia is a member of SPE.

Xu Wang is a PhD student in the Flow Assurance and Scale Team (FAST) at the Institute of Petroleum Engineering at Heriot-Watt University, where he commenced his studies in January 2014. His research interests include the study of produced water chemistry, scaling prediction and scaling management during unconventional production by analysis of field data and simulation of geochemical processes. He holds a BSc in Petroleum Engineering from China University of Petroleum (CUP), China and also an MSc in Petroleum Engineering from Heriot-Watt University, UK. Xu is a member of SPE.