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Dr. Sulaiman A. Alarifi

Associate Professor, Department of Petroleum Engineering

Dr. Alarifi is an associate professor in the petroleum engineering department at KFUPM. He has been with KFUPM since 2013 when he joined as a graduate assistant. He has taught courses in Petroleum Economics, Reservoir Description and Unconventional Resources Evaluation

Educational Qualification

  • Ph.D., Petroleum Engineering, Colorado School of Mines, Golden, Colorado, USA, 2020.
  • Minor Degree, Mineral and Energy Economics, Colorado School of Mines, Golden, Colorado, USA, 2020.
  • M.S., Petroleum Engineering, KFUPM, Dhahran, KSA. 2016.
  • B.S., Petroleum Engineering, KFUPM, Dhahran, KSA, 2012.

Research Interests

  • Development of unconventional reservoirs
  • Petroleum production optimization
  • Petroleum reserves estimation
  • Enhanced oil recovery

Selected Publications

  • Baig, A. R., Alarifi, S. A., Mahmoud, M., Kamal, M. S., Murtaza, M., AlAhmari, M. M., & Alhumam, A. (2024). Experimental Investigation of a Modified Enzyme-Induced Carbonate Precipitation Solution for Sand Production Control Applications. SPE Journal, 29(05), 2463-2475.
  • Omarov, K., Alarifi, S. A., Mahmoud, M., Kamal, M. S., Murtaza, M., Humam, A., & AlAhmari, M. M. (2023). Sand consolidation using enzyme-induced carbonate precipitation: new insights on temperature and particle size effects. Scientific Reports, 13(1), 15528.
  • Murtaza, M., Rasm, M. Y., Alarifi, S. A., Kamal, M. S., Mahmoud, M., & Al-Ajmi, M. (2023). An Efficient Single Step Approach for Barium Sulfate (BaSO4) Scale Removal at High Temperature. Arabian Journal for Science and Engineering, 1-10.
  • Alarifi S. A., Mustafa A, Omarov K., Baig AR., Tariq Z. and Mahmoud M. (2022) A Review of Enzyme-Induced Calcium Carbonate Precipitation Applicability in the Oil and Gas Industry. Front. Bioeng. Biotechnol. 10:900881. 
  • Alarifi, S. A. (2022). Workflow to predict wellhead choke performance during multiphase flow using machine learning. Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering, 214, 110563.
  • Alarifi, S. A., Abdel Rahman, S., & Al-Ajmi, M. (2022). Feasibility study formulation for the applicability of rigless temporary esps. Journal of Petroleum Exploration and Production Technology, 12(9), 2493-2509.
  • Alarifi, S. A., Mustafa, A., Omarov, K., Baig, A. R., Tariq, Z., & Mahmoud, M. (2022). A review of enzyme-induced calcium carbonate precipitation applicability in the oil and gas industry. Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology, 10.
  • Alarifi, S. A., & Miskimins, J. (2021). A new approach to estimating ultimate recovery for multistage hydraulically fractured horizontal wells by utilizing completion parameters using machine learning. SPE Production & Operations, 36(03), 468-483.
  • Murtaza, M., Alarifi, S. A., Abozuhairah, A., Mahmoud, M., Onaizi, S. A., & Al-Ajmi, M. (2021). Optimum selection of H2S scavenger in light-weight and heavy-weight water-based drilling fluids. ACS Omega, 6(38), 24919-24930.
  • Alarifi, S. A., Mahmoud, M. A., & Kamal, M. S. (2018). Interactions of DTPA chelating agent with sandstone rocks during EOR: Rock surface charge study. Fuel, 232, 684-692.

Awards & Honors

  • SPE Regional Service Award, by: Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Middle East and North Africa region, June 2024
  • Excellence in academic advising, by: King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals (KFUPM), May 2024.