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Dr. Chekwube Clement Afagwu

Post-Doc Fellow, Department of Petroleum Engineering

Dr. Afagwu is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Department of Petroleum Engineering. He joined KFUPM in 2019 as a Ph.D. student. Prior to this time, he worked with Chevron Nigeria Limited as a Reservoir simulation Engineer between January to December 2016, and a subsurface consulting film between 2017 and 2018. His research interests span across reservoir and production engineering with emphasis in Multiscale and Multiphysics Transport and Storage Studies in Unconventional Hydrocarbon Reservoirs.

Educational Qualification

  • Ph.D., Petroleum Engineering, KFUPM, Saudi Arabia, 2023
  • M.S., Petroleum Engineering, UNIBEN, Nigeria, 2016
  • B.S., Petroleum Engineering, UNIBEN, Nigeria, 2012

Research Interests

  • Modeling Fluid Flow in Porous Media
  • Unconventional Hydrocarbon Resources
  • Adsorption and Diffusion
  • Molecular Simulation
  • Data Analysis and Artificial Intelligence

Selected Publications

  • C Afagwu, S Alafnan, R Weijermars, M Mahmoud (2023). Multiscale and Multiphysics production forecasts of shale gas reservoirs: New simulation scheme based on Gaussian pressure transients. Fuel 336, 127142
  • C Afagwu, S Alafnan, M Mahmoud, W. Akkutlu (2022). Modeling of natural gas self-diffusion in the micro-pores of organic-rich shales coupling sorption and geomechanical effects. JNGSE, 104757
  • R Weijermars, C Afagwu (2022). Hydraulic diffusivity estimations for US shale gas reservoirs with Gaussian method: Implications for pore-scale diffusion processes in underground repositories. Journal of Natural Gas Science and Engineering, 104682
  • C Afagwu, M Mahmoud, S Alafnan, A Alqubalee, A ElHusseiny, S Patil (2022). Pore Volume Characteristics of Clay-Rich Shale: Critical Insight into the Role of Clay Types, Aluminum and Silicon Concentration. Arabian Journal for Science and Engineering, 1-17.
  • C Afagwu, S Al-Afnan, S Patil, J Aljaberi, MA Mahmoud, J Li (2021). The impact of pore structure and adsorption behavior on kerogen tortuosity. Fuel 303, 121261.
  • C Afagwu, S Alafnan, MA Mahmoud, S Patil (2021). Permeability model for shale and ultra-tight gas formations: Critical insights into the impact of dynamic adsorption. Energy Reports 7, 3302-3316.
  • J Aljaberi, S Alafnan, G Glatz, AS Sultan, C Afagwu (2021). The impact of kerogen tortuosity on shale permeability. SPE Journal 26 (02), 765-779.
  • C Afagwu, I Abubakar, S Kalam, SF Al-Afnan, AA Awotunde (2020). Pressure-transient analysis in shale gas reservoirs: A review. Journal of Natural Gas Science and Engineering 78, 103319.
  • C Afagwu, MA Mahmoud, S Alafnan, S Patil (2022). Multiscale storage and transport modeling in unconventional shale gas: A review. Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering 208, 109518

Awards & Honors

  • 2022 SPE International Presidential Award Winner (recognizes Top 5% Student Chapter)
  • 2022 SPE MENA Region Petrobowl First Runner Up
  • 2021 SPE MENA Region Petrobowl First Place
  • 2020 SPE International Petrobowl Elite Stage