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Dr. Sulaiman A. Alarifi

Assistant Professor, Department of Petroleum Engineering

Dr. Alarifi is an Assistant professor in the Department of Petroleum Engineering 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

  • Petroleum reserves estimation
  • Production and well performance analysis
  • Development of unconventional reservoirs
  • Flow assurance
  • Applications of data analytics and machine learning in Petroleum Engineering

Selected Publications

  • Alarifi, S. A. (2022). Workflow to predict wellhead choke performance during multiphase flow using machine learning. Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering, 214, 110563. doi:10.1016/j.petrol.2022.110563.
  • 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. doi:10.1007/s13202-022-01499-w.
  • Alarifi, S. A., Al-Ofi, S., & Mahmoud, M. (2022). Laboratory dielectric measurements to evaluate the conductivity change in the presence of chelating agent with different brines. Scientific Reports, 12(1). doi:10.1038/s41598-022-23964-6.
  • Murtaza, M., Alarifi, S. A., Rasm, M. Y., Kamal, M. S., Mahmoud, M., & Al-Ajmi, M. (2022). Single step calcium sulfate scale removal at high temperature using tetrapotassium ethylenediaminetetraacetate with potassium carbonate. Scientific Reports, 12(1). doi:10.1038/s41598-022-14385-6.
  • 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. doi:10.3389/fbioe.2022.900881.

Extended Publications (+)

  • 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. doi:10.2118/204470-pa.
  • 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. doi:10.1021/acsomega.1c03792.
  • Altowilib, A., AlSaihati, A., Alhamood, H., Alafnan, S., & Alarifi, S. (2020). Reserves estimation for Coalbed Methane Reservoirs: A Review. Sustainability, 12(24), 10621. doi:10.3390/su122410621.
  • 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. doi:10.1016/j.fuel.2018.06.003.