Focus on Heavy Oil and Natural Gas

Event Date(s): 25/03/2021

Location: Online

The UWI St. Augustine Campus invites you to attend the Virtual Professorial lecture by Professor of Petroleum Engineering, Raffie Hosein on the topic Trinidad and Tobago Heavy Oil and Natural Gas: Characterization Studies for Estimating Reserves and Production. The lecture takes place on Thursday, March 25, 2021 at 6:30 p.m.
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Trinidad and Tobago (T&T) has been producing oil in commercial quantities for over 110 years and natural gas for over 55 and is the leading producer of these resources in the Caribbean. It has a current production of about 555, 000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boe/d) (oil, gas and condensate fluids). As such the oil and particularly the gas sector has been the country’s economic driving force for the last 25 years or more, from the daily gas sales of over 3.0 billion cubic feet (500, 000 boe) in the form of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), ammonia, methanol and for power generation. Although other forms of energy are being examined, exploration and field development are required for meeting T&T energy and economic needs. In addition, the methods and data for quantification of reserves and production must be understood for maximizing recovery.  
As Professor of Petroleum Engineering my research has been in many disciplines. However, my area of special interest is in Reservoir Fluids Characterisation Studies from which composition and physical property data for calculating reserves and production for oil and gas are obtained. Such studies are very expensive and time consuming. Very often the data is unavailable and correlations are used to obtain estimates. In this Inaugural Lecture, I will present some of the Characterization Studies I have conducted on Trinidad and Tobago Oil and Natural Gas. A new method for predicting natural gas composition and innovative correlative techniques for predicting oil and gas properties will be highlighted. In addition to sharing my experiences and achievements, I will also present my perspective for increasing oil production in Trinidad and Tobago. Finally, I shall suggest how T&T and the oil and gas industry can help towards carbon neutrality and yet keep the economy thriving. 
Raffie Hosein joined The University of the West Indies (UWI) in Trinidad and Tobago in July 2009 and is Head of the Department of Chemical Engineering, Professor of Petroleum Engineering and Coordinator of the MSc Reservoir Engineering Program. He received his BSc, MPhil and PhD (with high commendation) degrees in Petroleum Engineering from The UWI.  He was previously a Petroleum Engineer with the Ministry of Energy and Energy Industries (MEEI) in Trinidad and Tobago from Sept 2000 to May 2006 and Senior Associate Professor in the Department of Petroleum Engineering at Texas A&M University at Doha, Qatar from June 2006 to 2009. He was a Consultant for Schlumberger, NExT, from 2008 to 2016 and presently is a Consultant for PetroKnowledge in Abu Dhabi. Professor Raffie Hosein is a registered CEng MEI Chartered Petroleum Engineer with the Energy Institute (EI) of London, a Fellow with the Institute of Materials Minerals and Mining (FIMMM) of London, a Member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers International (SPEI) and Faculty Advisor to The UWI SPE Student Chapter. In 2018 he received the Regional Distinguished Achievement Award for Petroleum Engineering Faculty - Latin America and Caribbean Region from the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE). 

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