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Dr. Dhafer A. Al Shehri

Chairman / Assistant Professor, Petroleum Engineering Department

Dr. Al Shehri is an experienced academic and industry professional with nineteen years of association with Saudi Aramco (1996–2015) and fourteen years with KFUPM starting as a Graduate Assistant (1983–89), a Lecturer (1988–94) and an Assistant Professor (1994–96) He rejoined KFUPM in 2015 as an Assistant Professor. He is a member of The Society of Petroleum Engineering (SPE), The Saudi Council of Engineers (SCE), The International /Saudi Association for Energy Economics (IAEE), and The Arabian Society for Human Resources Management (ASHRM).

Dr. Al Shehri is a Ph.D. Graduate in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M University in 1994 and in 2014 he secured a KFUPM Executive MBA Degree.

Educational Qualification

  • Ph.D., Petroleum Engineering, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, USA, 1994.
  • Executive MBA, KFUPM, KSA, 2014.
  • M.Sc., (Hons.), Petroleum Engineering, KFUPM, KSA, 1987.
  • B.Sc., (Hons.) Petroleum Engineering, KFUPM, KSA, 1983.

Research Interests

  • Petroleum Production Engineering
  • Petroleum Reservoir Engineering and Management
  • Reservoir Characterization
  • Enhanced Oil Recovery
  • Petroleum Economics

Selected Publications

  • Oskay, M.M., Al-Shehri, D.A., Abu-Khamsin, S.A., and Al-Marhoun, M.A.: “Carbon Dioxide Minimum Miscibility Pressure for Saudi Arabian Crudes,Arabian Journal of Science & Engineering, 14:2, April 1989.
  • Dhafer Al-Shehri,:” Assessment Of Application Of Dynamic Kill for the Control Of Middle-East Surface Blowouts’; SPE/IADC paper 39258 presented at 1997 Middle East Drilling Technology Conference, Bahrain, 23-25 November 1997.
  • Al-Qahtani and D. Al-Shehri, :The Ec-Factor: A New Correlation For Optimizing Completion Efficiency”; SPE paper  81490 presented at 2003 Middle East Show, Bahrain 5-8, 2003;
  • Al-Shehri, D.A and Vo, L. and R. Laus, ;” The Wireless Remote Wellhead Monitoring and Alarming System Via GSM Communication Network Pilot Test in a Saudi Arabian Oil Field”, SPE paper 84150 presented at 2003 SPE ATCE 2003 in Denver, Co, USA. Published in SA Journal of Technology, Summer 2004.
  • Al-Shehri, D.A, A.S. Rabaa, and J. Duenas;:” Commingled Production Experiences of Multilayered Gas-Carbonate Reservoir in Saudi Arabia” SPE 97073 Gas paper presented in ATCE 2005 in Dallas, TX, USA.
  • S. Yami, H.A. Nasr-El-Din, S. H. Saleh, A. Humaidi, M.K. Arfaj, and Al-Shehri, D.A.’: ”An Innovative Approach for Long-Term Zonal Isolation in HT/HP gas wells” SPE paper # 109075 presented in the SPE 2007 Asia Pacific Oil and Gas Conference in Jakarta, Indonesia.
  • Al-Shehri, D.A and S. Zhou;” Bionic Wells: Science Imitates Nature Again”, Published in SA Journal of Technology, Spring 2008.
  • A. Chatriwala, F. Subaie, D. A. Al-Shehri, A. Soremi and J. Reaux,: “First Saudi Aramco Use of Retrievable Downhole Pressure And Temperature Gauges Monitoring System: A Cost Effective Technology Solution To Manage Maturing Oil And Gas Fields SPE paper # 126092 presented in SPE SAS, 09-11 May 2009, Khobar, Saudi Arabia.
  • M. Warlick, Abbas, H.H., Tahini, A.M, Shehri, D.A.F,: “Evaluation of Wellbore Stability during Drilling and Production of Open Hole Horizontal Wells in a Carbonate Field SPE paper # 126157 presented in SPE SAS, 09-11 May 2009, Khobar, Saudi Arabia.
  • Dhafer Al-Shehri, M. Kanfar; Y. Ansari, and S. Abu Faizal Baker Hughes: “Utilizing NMR and Formation Pressure Testing While Drilling to Place Water Injectors Optimally in a Field in Saudi Arabia”, SPE paper141783 presented at the 2011 Middle East Show, Bahrain 25-28, 2011; published in SA Journal of technology, 13-17, Fall 2011.
  • Saleh Al-Mutairi, M. Obied ; I. Yami, and A. Shebatalh and Dhafer Al-Shehri: “Wormhole propagation in Tar Matrix Acidizing of carbonate Formation”, SPE paper 151560 presented at the  2011 SPE International Symposium and Exhibition on Formation damage control, Lafayette, Louisiana, USA 15-17 February 2012.; published in SA Journal of technology, 2-11, Spring 2012 2011.
  • S. Kadem; Dhafer Al-Shehri: “Real-time Estimation of Flow Rate in Dry Gas Wells – a New Field” SPE SPE-KSA-132-MS to be presented 25-28 May 2016, Khobar, Saudi Arabia.
  • Mohammed D. Al-Ajmi, Saudi Aramco, Dhafer Al-Shehri, King Fahad University of Petroleum and Minerals Risk Based Statistical Approach to Predict Casing LeaksSPE Paper 183948 presented in MEOS 2017, 6-9 May 2017, Bahrain.
  • Zeeshan Tariq1, Salaheldin Elkatatny1*, Mohamed Mahmoud1, Abdulwhab Zaki1, Abdulazeez Abdulraheem1, Dhafer Al-Shehri1, and Mandefro Woldeamanuel “A Novel Multi Model Approach to predict Static Young’s Modulus and Unconfined Compressive Strength of the Rock using Artificial Intelligence Techniques”, under Press. Journal of Computers and Geosciences; 2017.
  • Mohammed Eliebid, Mohamed Mahmoud, Reyad Shawabkeh, Abdullah Sultan, Mohamed Abouelresh, Dhafer AlShehri, King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals,: “Effect of Temperature and CO2 Content on the Natural Gas Production from Shale Gas Reservoirs” SPE-KSA-8466-MS presented in SPE Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Annual Technical Symposium and Exhibition held in Dammam, Saudi Arabia, 24–27 April 2017.
  • Mohammad Mizanur Rahman, MD Hasan Zahir, MD. Bashirul Haq, Dhafer A. Al-Sheri. January 15, 2018. “Corrosion Inhibition Properties of Waterborne Polyurethane/Cerium Nitrate Coatings on Mild Steel”. Published. Coatings.
  • Al-Ajmi, M.A., Al-Shehri, D.A., Mahmoud, M.A. and Al-Hajri, N.M. 2018. “Risk Based Approach to Prevent Aquifer Contamination in Upstream Oil and Gas Wells JERT-17-1713 (Research Paper). Accepted. Journal of Energy Resources Technology.
  • Bashirul Haq, Dhafer A. Al-Sheri. May 2018. “Study of Phase Behavior and Ionic Effect of Green Surfactants in Microbial Enhanced Oil Recovery”. Manuscript no. AJ17202.R2. Published. The APPEA Journal.
  • Rahman, M, Haq, B, Hasan, Z, Al-Shehri, D, A, 2017; “Effect of Polyol Molecular Weight and Cerium Nitrate Content on Coating Protective Properties”; COATINGS, Manuscript ID: coatings-222785 (submitted).
  • Dhafer Al-Shehri, February 4, 2019 “Oil and Gas Wells Enhanced Wellbore Casing Integrity Management Through Corrosion Rate Prediction Using Augmented Intelligent Approach”. Manuscript no. 416869. Published. Sustainability Volume 11 Issue 3. https://doi.org/10.3390/su11030818
  • MD. Bashirul Haq, Dhafer Al-Shehri, Jishan Liu, Keyu Liu May 28, 2018. “Study of Phase Behavior and Ionic Effect of Green Surfactants in Microbial Enhanced Oil Recovery”. Manuscript no. AJ17202.R2. Published. The APPEA Journal (58)1 84-93. https://doi.org/10.1071/AJ17202
  • Al-Ajmi, M., Al-Shehri, D.A.*, Mahmoud, M.A., and Al-Hajri, N., 2018. “Risk Based Approach to Prevent Aquifer Contamination in Upstream Oil and Gas Wells.” Journal of Energy Resources Technology, July 2018, Vol. 140 /12  122901-1. http://energyresources.asmedigitalcollection.asme.org/article.aspx?articleid=2681668
  • Mohammad Mizanur Rahman, MD Hasan Zahir, MD. Bashirul Haq, Dhafer A. Al-Shehri. January 15, 2018. “Corrosion Inhibition Properties of Waterborne Polyurethane/Cerium Nitrate Coatings on Mild Steel”. Published. Coatings https://doi.org/10.3390/coatings8010034
  • Saleh Al-Mutairi, M. Obied; I. Yami, and A. Shebatalh and Dhafer Al-Shehri: “Wormhole propagation in Tar Matrix Acidizing of carbonate Formation”, SPE paper 151560  presented at the  2011 SPE International Symposium and Exhibition on Formation damage control, Lafayette, Louisiana, USA 15-17 February 2012.; published in SA Journal of technology, 2-11, Spring 2012 2011
  • Dhafer Al-Shehri, M. Kanfar; Y. Ansari, and S. Abu Faizal Baker Hughes: “Utilizing NMR and Formation Pressure Testing While Drilling to Place Water Injectors Optimally in a Field in Saudi Arabia”, SPE paper141783 presented at the  2011 Middle East Show, Bahrain 25-28, 2011; published in SA Journal of technology, 13-17, Fall 2011.
  • Al-Shehri, D.A and S. Zhou;” Bionic Wells: Science Imitates Nature Again”, Published in SA Journal of Technology, Spring 2008.
  • Al-Shehri, D.A and Vo, L. and R. Laus:” The Wireless Remote Wellhead Monitoring and Alarming System Via GSM Communication Network Pilot Test in a Saudi Arabian Oil Field”, SPE paper 84150 presented at 2003 SPE ATCE 2003 in Denver, Co, USA.  Published in SA Journal of Technology, Summer 2004.
  • Oskay, M.M., Al-Shehri, D.A., Abu-Khamsin, S.A., and Al-Marhoun, M.A.: “Carbon Dioxide Minimum Miscibility Pressure for Saudi Arabian Crudes,Arabian Journal of Science & Engineering, 14:2, April 1989. (pdf)
  • Ahmed A. Al-Sulaiman, Krinis Dimitrios, Saudi Aramco,  Dhafer Al-Shehri; “Influence of Surface Choke on Water Cut and Flow Profile  in Horizontal Wellbores Intersecting  Fractures and Super-Ks” SPE-194960-MS prepared for presentation at the SPE Middle East Oil & Gas Show and Conference (MEOS) to be held in Bahrain, 18-21, March 2019.
  • O.S. Alade, D. Al-Shehri, M. Mahmoud, K. Sasaki, Y. Sugai; “Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) Evaluation of Laminar Flow of Bitumen-in-Water Emulsion Stabilized by Poly Vinyl Alcohol (PVA): Effects of Salinity and Water Cut”  prepared for presentation at the SPE Middle East Oil & Gas Show and Conference (MEOS) to be held in Bahrain, 18-21, March 2019.
  • O.S. Alade, D. Al-Shehri, M. Mahmoud, Al-Nakhli; “Kinetic Analysis of Thermochemical Fluid and Simulation of Convective Heat Loss”  Abstract proposal and draft for  Annual Technical Symposium  and Exhibition (ATS&E 2019) to be held in Dhahran Expo in Dammam, Saudi Arabia on, 15-18, April 2019
  • Shabab H. AlOtaibi, Yildiray Cinar, Saudi Aramco Dhafer Al-Shehri, KFUPM; “Analysis of Water/Oil  Ration in Complex Carbonate Reservoirs under Water-Flood”  prepared for presentation at the SPE Middle East Oil & Gas Show and Conference (MEOS) to be held in Bahrain, 18-21, March 2019
  • MD Abdul Aziz, Abbas Saeed Hakeem, Yazan Ghassan Musa Mheibesh, Mohammed Ameen Ahmed Qasem, Dhafer Al-Shehri; “Date-leaf Carbon Micro-Nanostructured Particles (DLCMNPs) For Enhanced Oil Recovery” SPE-194789-MS accepted in 21st SPE Middle East Oil & Gas Show and Conference (MEOS) to be held in Bahrain, 18-21, March 2019
  • Zeeshan Tariq, Mohamed Mahmoud, Abdulazeez Abdulraheem, Dhafer Al-Shehri, Muhammad Rasheed Khan and Aneeq Nasir Janjua; “An Intelligent Solution to Forecast Pressure Drop in a Vertical Well Having Multiphase Flow Using Functional Network Technique” SPE-195656-MS accepted in PAPG/SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition to be held in Islamabad Pakistan, 10-12 December 2018.
  • Abdulraheem, A., Mahmoud, M. A., Al-Shehri, D.A. On Utilizing Functional Network to Develop Mathematical Model for Poisson’s Ratio Determination”; Paper number ARMA 18–0744; to be presented at the 52nd US Rock Mechanics / Geomechanics Symposium held in Seattle, Washington, USA, 17–20 June 2018.
  • MD Bashirul Haq, Dhafer Al-Shehri, Mohammad Mizanur Rahman, Mohamed Said Elsahat Mohammed, Lionel Talley Fogang, Moaz Abdelkader Abdelwahib Hiba, Moustafa Taha Moustafa Aly, KFUPM, Yee-kwong Leong, UWA March 2018. “Xanthan Gum/Poly (Vinyl Alcohol) Polymer Solution: A Promising Blend for Temperature-Resistant and Salt-Tolerant Enhanced Oil Recovery Processes” Paper number: 62 to be presented in Chemical Engineering in Australia (CHEMECA 2018) held in Queenstown New Zealand, 30 September – 03 October 2018.
  • MD Bashirul Haq, Dhafer Al-Shehri, Mohammad Mizanur Rahman, Mohamed Said Elsahat Mohammed, Yee-kwong Leong, UWA March 2018. “Acrylate Modified Xanthan Gum for EOR Application” Paper number: 117 to be presented in Chemical Engineering in Australia (CHEMECA 2018) held in Queenstown New Zealand, 30 September – 03 October 2018
  • Khalid H. Al Zani, Dhafer Al-Shehri KFUPM, March 2018. “Real Time Prediction of the Rheological Properties of Oil-Based Drilling fluids Using Artificial Neural Networks” Paper number: 190 presented in SPE-KSA Annual Technical Symposium & Exhibition (ATS&E) held in Dammam, 23-26 April 2018. https://doi.org/10.2118/192199-MS
  • Mahmoud Nader Elzenary, Khaled Z. Abdelgawad, Mohamed Mahmoud, Salaheldin Elkatatny, Dhafer Al-Shehri KFUPM, Mahmoud Abughaban Saudi Aramco All SPE Members. March 2018. “Drilling with Advanced Rotary Steerable System; Case study” SPE-KSA-110373-MS presented in SPE-KSA Annual Technical Symposium & Exhibition (ATS&E) held in Dammam, 23-26 April 2018.
  • Mahmoud Nader Elzenary, Khaled Z. Abdelgawad, Abdulazeez Abdulraheem, Mohamed Mahmoud, Salaheldin Elkatatny, Dhafer Al-Shehri, All SPE Members. March 2018. “New Technology to Evaluate Circulating Density While Drilling Using Artificial Intelligence” SPE-KSA-110373-MS presented in SPE-KSA Annual Technical Symposium & Exhibition (ATS&E) held in Dammam, 23-26 April 2018. https://doi.org/10.2118/192282-MS
  • Mohammed Mahmoud, Dhafer Al-Shehri. March 2018. “Temperature Impact on Adsorption Contribution to Sequestration of CO2 in Immature Shale Formations in Saudi Arabia”. SPE-KSA-558-MS presented in SPE-KSA Annual Technical Symposium & Exhibition (ATS&E) held in Dammam, 23-26 April 2018. https://doi.org/10.2118/192357-MS

Membership and Association with Professional Groups

  • Society of Petroleum Engineering.
  • Saudi Council of Engineers (SCE).
  • International/Saudi Association for Energy Economics (IAEE/ SAEE).
  • Arabian Society for Human Resource Management (ASHRM).
  • Society of Petro-physicists and Well Log Analysts (SPWLA).
  • Reviewer for Journal of Petroleum Exploration and Production Technology.
  • Reviewer for Taif University Deanship of Scientific Research.
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