Jl. Ganeca 10, Bandung, West Java - Indonesia

3rd SPE Guest Lecture “Unconventional Reservoir”

 In this occasion, SPE ITB SC had a special guest to be a speaker of SPE guest lecture, he was Mr. Tarek Ahmed.   A well-known person as an expert in reservoir engineering.  Here is his short biography.


Tarek Ahmed is currently writing his new book and he is also a reservoir engineering advisor with Anadarko Petroleum. He was previously a Professor and Chairman of the Petroleum engineering department at Montana Tech of the University of Montana. He has written numerous SPE technical papers and four textbooks including Hydrocarbon Phase Behavior, Reservoir Engineering Handbook, Advanced Reservoir Engineering, and Equations of State and PVT Analysis. Dr. Ahmed holds a B.Sc. in Petroleum Engineering from Faculty of Petroleum and Mining in Egypt, M.S. in Petroleum Engineering from University of Missouri-Rolla, and a Ph.D. in Petroleum Engineering from University of Oklahoma.

SPE Education & Workshop Division proudly present this lecture so that all student can feel experience directly to be lecture by a well-known professor who has created a lot of widely used reservoir handbook.  Once Ahmed Tarek has come to ITB Petroleum Engineering Building, he was first welcome by Mr. Utjok Siagian as head of Petroleum Engineering Department, Dicky Andhika as President of SPE ITB SC, and Aldia Syamsudhuha as Head of Education & Workshop Division.  After that, the lecture session was directly began by the opening speech by head of PE Department.

In the beginning of his lecture, he talked about his experience living in Bandung.  He was a little tired after doing some business in Jakarta, He was very excited to spend a little time to give a short lectures about unconventional reservoir. Before He went to the main topic of conversation, He shares about his little experience in Bandung. He said that he was very happy in Bandung because the atmosphere is very comfortable, cool and yet the cuisine is very tasty and varied.

And after that, he began to talk about unconventional reservoirs. He said that exploration for conventional gas has been almost the sole focus of the oil and gas industry since it began nearly 100 years ago. Conventional gas is typically “free gas” trapped in multiple, relatively small, porous zones in various naturally occurring rock formations such as carbonates, sandstones, and siltstones. However, most of the growth in supply from today’s recoverable gas resources is found in unconventional formations. Unconventional reservoirs are essentially any reservoir that requires special recovery operations outside the conventional operating practices. Unconventional reservoirs include reservoirs such as tight-gas sands, gas and oil shale, coal-bed methane, heavy oil and tar sands, and gas-hydrate deposits. Shale is the earth’s most common sedimentary rock that mad of mud. Shale is everywhere but it contains so much gas. How to frack it? Without fracking it, we can’t produce anything from it. These reservoirs require assertive recovery solutions such as stimulation treatments or steam injection, innovative solutions that must overcome economic constraints in order to make recovery from these reservoirs monetarily viable. To help improve well economics in unconventional reservoirs it is important to evaluate wellbore architecture – including the cement sheath – as integral to well performance and total recovery.

This event is proved to be successful as shown by large number of participants and their interest to the topic presented by Mr. Tarek Ahmed. The participants were very active even though the topic is still new for us. He explained the topic using words that are easy to understand. But still, most of us are still difficult to understand because the topic is very advanced. We showed our curiosity by asking a lot of questions and an intensive interaction formed between Mr. Ahmed and the participants. The problems during this event is the room capacity could not accommodate the number of participants which is exceeded our estimate and there is no session where we provide the plaque in appreciation for being a speaker because the plaque has been lost. When we want to replace the plaque with certificate, the event has finished and Mr. Ahmed has come home. Therefore we give the plaque along the certificate on the next day. But overall, I think this lecture was very useful because we have learned something new that related to our professionalism as a petroleum engineer. This event was also conducted successfully and should be continued in the future as a regular event.

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by : Alpin Arief

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