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Mobeen Murtaza

Tel: +966 (013) 860-2509
Fax: +966 (013) 860-2595

Location: Bldg. 78, Rm. 1050

Mobeen Murtaza

Engineer I, CIPR

Mr. Mobeen Murtaza is currently working as an Engineer I in the Centre of Integrated Petroleum Research at the College of Petroleum Engineering & Geoscience. He has diversified experience in various areas of research included drilling fluids, oil well cementing, well stability using swelling inhibitors, scale removal, and geomechanics. Further, he has hands-on experience in designing and modifying research setups and instruments according to the research requirements. Mr. Mobeen is providing training to graduate and undergraduate students on HPHT instruments.
Mr. Mobeen has MS and BS in Petroleum Engineering from KFUPM, Saudi Arabia, and UET, Lahore respectively. He has two years of industry experience as a Drilling Engineer.

Educational Qualification

  • Masters of Science in Petroleum Engineering (2011-2014) King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals, Saudi Arabia
  • Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering (2006-2010) University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore, Pakistan

Research Interests

  • Drilling fluids
  • Oil well cementing
  • Geo-mechanics
  • Surfactants applications in Wellbore Stability

Selected Publications

  • Murtaza, M., Kamal, M.S., Hussain, S.M.S., Mahmoud, M., Syed, N.A., 2020. Quaternary ammonium gemini surfactants having different spacer length as clay swelling inhibitors: Mechanism and performance evaluation. J. Mol. Liq. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.molliq.2020.113054
  • Mobeen Murtaza, Zeeshan Tariq, Xianmin Zhou, Dhafer Al-Shehri, Mohamed Mahmoud, Muhammad Shahzad Kamal, Okra as an environment-friendly fluid loss control additive for drilling fluids: Experimental & modeling studies, Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering, Volume 204, 2021, 108743, ISSN 0920-4105, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.petrol.2021.108743.
  • Murtaza, M.; Alarifi, S.A.; Kamal, M.S.; Onaizi, S.A.; Al-Ajmi, M.; Mahmoud, M. Experimental Investigation of the Rheological Behavior of an Oil-Based Drilling Fluid with Rheology Modifier and Oil Wetter Additives. Molecules 2021, 26, 4877. https://doi.org/10.3390/molecules26164877
  • S.M. Shakil Hussain, Muhammad Shahzad Kamal, Mobeen Murtaza, Effect of aromatic spacer groups and counterions on aqueous micellar and thermal properties of the synthesized quaternary ammonium gemini surfactants, Journal of Molecular Liquids, Volume 296, 2019, 111837, ISSN 0167-7322, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.molliq.2019.111837.

Extended Publications (+)

  • Mobeen Murtaza, Mohamed Mahmoud, Salaheldin Elkatatny, Abdulaziz Al Majed, Weiqing Chen, and Abul Jamaluddin, “Experimental Investigation of the Impact of Modified Nano Clay on the Rheology of Oil Well Cement Slurry”, IPTC-19456-MS presented at International Petroleum Technology Conference held in Beijing, China, 26 – 28 March 2019
  • US Patent granted for “SAUDI TYPE-G CEMENT AND NANOCLAY FOR HIGH PRESSURE AND HIGH TEMPERATURE OIL WELLS” under patent #US 9650296 B2
  • Murtaza, M.K. Rahman, A. A. Al-Majed, and A. Samad “Mechanical, Rheological and Microstructural Properties of Saudi Type G Cement Slurry with Silica Flour Used in Saudi Oil Field under HTHP Conditions”. SPE 168101 presented at SPE Annual Technical Symposium & Exhibition held in Al-Khobar, Saudi Arabia, 19-22 May 2013.
  • K. Rahman, M. Murtaza, “Effect of Nanoclay on Mechanical and Rheological Properties of Oil Well Cement Slurry under HPHT Environment” NICOM USA, 24-26 May 2015.
  • Murtaza, M.K. Rahman, A. A. Al-Majed, “Effect of Nanoclay on Mechanical and Rheological Properties of Oil Well Cement Slurry under HPHT Environment” IPTC­18989­MS presented at 10th International Petroleum Technology Conference held 14-16 November, 2016 in Bangkok, Thailand.
  • Murtaza, M.K. Rahman, A. A. Al-Majed, “Mechanical and Microstructural Studies of Nano Clay Based Oil well Cement Mix under High Pressure and Temperature Application” IPTC-18991-MS presented at 10th International Petroleum Technology Conference held 14-16 November, 2016 in Bangkok, Thailand.
  • Hafiz Mudaser Ahmad, Muhammad Shahzad Kamal, Mobeen Murtaza, Mamdouh A. Al-Harthi, “Improving the Drilling Fluid Properties Using Nanoparticles and Water-Soluble Polymers”. SPE-188140-MS presented at the SPE Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Annual Technical Symposium and Exhibition held in Dammam, Saudi Arabia, 24–27 April 2017.
  • Hafiz Mudaser Ahmad, Muhammad Shahzad Kamal, Mamdouh A. Al-Harthi, , Salaheldin Elkatatny, Mobeen Murtaza,” Synthesis and Experimental Investigation of Novel CNT-Polymer Nanocomposite to Enhance Borehole Stability at High Temperature Drilling Applications”, SPE-192352-MS presented at SPE Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Annual Technical Symposium and Exhibition, 23-26 April, Dammam, Saudi Arabia.
  • Zeeshan Tariq ,Abdulazeez Abdulraheem, Salaheldin Elkatatny, Arqam Muqtadir, Mobeen Murtaza,” Geomechanical Studies on CO2 Sequestrated Rocks in an Aqueous Saline Environment”, SPE-192242-MS presented at SPE Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Annual Technical Symposium and Exhibition, 23-26 April, Dammam, Saudi Arabia.
  • Salem Basfar, Salaheldin Elkatatny, Mohamed Mahmoud, Mohammad Shahzad Kamal, Mobeen Murtaza, ” Prevention of Barite Sagging while Drilling High-Pressure High-Temperature (HPHT) Wells”, SPE-192198-MS presented at SPE Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Annual Technical Symposium and Exhibition, 23-26 April, Dammam, Saudi Arabia.

Awards & Honors

  • US Patent granted for “Nanoclay-enhanced Cement Composition for Deep Well Cementing” under patent # US 10065890 B2
  • US Patent granted for “SAUDI TYPE-G CEMENT AND NANOCLAY FOR HIGH PRESSURE AND HIGH TEMPERATURE OIL WELLS” under patent #US 9650296 B2
  • Presented as Career Pathways Advisor in MEOS 2017.
Tel: +966 (013) 860-4361
Fax: +966 (013) 860-3989

Location: Bldg. 78, Rm. 2032

Abdullah M. Alqubalee

Engineer I, CIPR

Abdullah Alqubalee possesses experience in both industry and academia and is currently supervising the Automated Mineralogy Laboratory at CPG KFUPM. In his role, he operates and maintains automated mineralogy equipment and performs mineralogical analyses on a variety of samples. Additionally, he works as a researcher in sedimentology and reservoir characterization within the Geosystem Research Group. In his research, he investigates various geological formations to understand the quality of reservoirs, aquifers, and storage systems. He has completed many research projects and published numerous articles that focus on diagenesis and the factors that influence reservoir, aquifer, and storage quality. His research provides valuable insights into how geological processes shape both the surface and subsurface, as well as how these processes impact the quality and availability of resources.

Educational Qualification

  • M.Sc., Geology, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, KSA.
  • B.S., Engineering Geology, University of Aden, Yemen.

Research Interests

  • Sedimentology
  • Stratigraphy
  • Petrophysics
  • Diagenesis and Reservoir Quality

Selected Publications

  • Alqubalee, A., Salisu, A., Bello, A., Al-Hussaini, A., Al-Ramadan, K., 2023. Characteristics, distribution, and origin of ferruginous deposits in an ancient glaciogenic setting: Examples from the Late Ordovician of Arabia. Scientific Reports. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-023-45563-9
  • Alqubalee, A. M., Abdullatif, O. M., Babalola, L. O., Koeshidayatullah, A., Benaafi, M., Babiker, J., 2023. Glaciogenic tight sand reservoirs in the Arabian Plate: Characteristics of the Upper Ordovician deposits, Saudi Arabia. Chapter 2: Sedimentology, Sequence Stratigraphic Framework: Early to Mid Palaeozoic, in Pre-Cambrian to Paleozoic Petroleum Systems in the Arabian Plate, EAGE Publications (in press).
  • Babalola, L. O., Alqubalee, A. M., Kaminski, M. A., Abdullatif, O. M., & Abouelresh, M. O., 2022. Stable carbon and oxygen isotope records in a Middle Jurassic carbonate sequence: implications for paleoenvironment, and sea-level fluctuation, central Saudi Arabia. International Journal of Earth Sciences, 1-29. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00531-022-02261-7
  • Alqubalee, A., Muharrag, J., Salisu, A. M., & Eltom, H., 2022. The negative impact of Ophiomorpha on reservoir quality of channelized deposits in mixed carbonate siliciclastic setting: The case study of the Dam Formation, Saudi Arabia. Marine and Petroleum Geology, 140, 105666. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpetgeo.2022.105666
  • Alqubalee, A. M., Babalola, L. O., Abdullatif, O. M., & Eltom, H. A., 2022. Geochemical characterization of subsurface upper Ordovician glaciogenic deposits: implications for provenance, tectonic setting, and depositional environments. Arabian Journal for Science and Engineering, 47(6), 7273-7291. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13369-021-06066-9
  • Abdlmutalib, A., Abdullatif, O., Alqubalee, A., Gonzalez, L., Humphrey, J., 2021. Effects of lithofacies on pore system evolution of storm-wave silt-rich fine-grained sediments. Early Silurian Qusaiba Member (Qaliba Formation), NW Saudi Arabia. Mar. Pet. Geol. 128, 105048. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpetgeo.2021.105048
  • Elsayed, M., El-Husseiny, A., Kadafur, I., Mahmoud, M., Aljawad, M.S., Alqubalee, A., An experimental study on the effect of magnetic field strength and internal gradient on NMR-Derived petrophysical properties of sandstones. J. Pet. Sci. Eng. 205, 108811. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.petrol.2021.108811
  • Elsayed, M., Glatz, G., El-Husseniy, A., Alqubalee, A., Adebayo, A., Al-Garadi, K., Mahmoud, M., The Effect of Clay Content on the Spin–Spin NMR Relaxation Time Measured in Porous Media. ACS Omega 6545-6555. https://doi.org/10.1021/acsomega.9b04228
  • Adebayo, A., Babalola, L., Hussaini, R., Alqubalee, A., Babu, R., 2019. Insight into the Pore Characteristics of a Saudi Arabian Tight Gas Sand Reservoir. Energies 12-4302. https://doi.org/10.3390/en12224302
  • Alqubalee, A., Babalola, L., Abdullatif, O., Makkawi, M., 2019. Factors Controlling Reservoir Quality of a Paleozoic Tight Sandstone, Rub’ al Khali Basin, Saudi Arabia. Arab. J. Sci. Eng. 1–19. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13369-019-03885-9
  • Alqubalee, A., Abdullatif, O., Babalola, L., Makkawi, M., 2019. Characteristics of Paleozoic tight gas sandstone reservoir: integration of lithofacies, paleoenvironments, and spectral gamma-ray analyses, Rub’ al Khali Basin, Saudi Arabia. Arab. J. Geosci. 12, 344. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12517-019-4467-0

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Awards & Honors

  • Scientific Excellence Certificate, Engineering Geology, University of Aden, Yemen, 2006/2007.
  • Recipient of King Fahd University Petroleum & Minerals, KSA, MS Scholarship, 2013.
Tel: +966 (013) 860-2649

Location: Bldg. 78, Rm. 1053

Sarmad Zafar Khan

Engineer I, CIPR

In 2009 Khan obtained his BS (Hons.) in Petroleum Engineering followed by an MS degree in the same discipline from KFUPM, KSA in 2013. He has been positioned as a Lab Engineer at CPG, KFUPM since 2016 after employment as a Reservoir Engineer at Schlumberger (2013-15), Research Assistant at KFUPM (2010-13), and an Intern – BHP Billiton Pakistan (2008).

Educational Qualification

  • M.S., Petroleum Engineering, KFUPM, KSA, 2013
  • B.S., Petroleum Engineering (Hons.), University of Engineering & Technology, Pakistan, 2009.

Selected Publications

  • “Revisiting Reaction Kinetics and wormholing phenomena during Carbonate Acidizing” by X. Qiu, S. Khan, S. Dyer and A. Sultan, presented at International Petroleum Technology Conference, 19-22 Jan, 2014, Doha, Qatar.
  • “Investigation of Core Length and CO2 Phase Effects on Propagation of Wormholes in Carbonate Rocks” by S. Khan, A. Sultan and S. Dyer presented at SPE Annual Technical Symposium and Exhibition, 21-24 Apr, 2014, Al-Khobar, Saudi Arabia.
  • Keynote Speaker at “Career Development Seminar” held at Petroleum Engineering Department, University of Engineering & Technology Lahore, Pakistan on Sep 24, 2014
Tel: +966 (013) 860-4525
Fax: +966 (013) 860-3989

Location: Bldg. 78, Rm. 1055

Ahmad Mahboob

Engineer I, CIPR

Ahmad has a master’s degree in petroleum engineering with specialization in CO2 Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR). In Sept. 2017, he joined Laboratory Technical Support Services (LTSS) department, at CPG-KFUPM where he worked as a Lab Specialist in Quantitative Analysis Laboratory, Core Preparation Laboratory and PVT Laboratory. In Dec. 2018, he joined Center for Integrative Petroleum Research (CIPR)-KFUPM as Engineer-II in Oil Field Chemistry group and with his expertise and experience, he has progressed both in stature and status amongst his peers. He is also the assistant coordinator for “Fluid Characterization Laboratory”.

Educational Qualification

  • M.S. Petroleum Engineering from KFUPM, Dhahran, KSA
  • B.S. Petroleum & Gas Engineering from UET, Lahore, Pakistan

Research Interests

  • Fluid Characterization
  • CO2 Capture and Utilization
  • Enhanced Oil Recovery
  • Water Conformance Control Gels
  • Emulsification
  • Interfacial and Wettability Studies
  • HPHT Multiphase Fluid Behavior and PVT- Studies
  • Phase Behavior
  • Foam

Expertise in following HPHT Equipment:

  • Phase Behavior
  • Foam Analyzer
  • Foam Rheometer
  • Fluid Rheometer
  • Densitometer
  • IFT/SFT/Wettability
  • PVT System

Selected Publications

Extended Publications (+)

A comprehensive study of surfactant foaming stability using fluorinated and hydrocarbon surfactants – 2020, MS Kamal, SMS Hussain, LT Fogang, A Mahboob, VIRTUAL 2020 AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo

A Rigorous correlation for quantitative prediction of water cresting in multi-fractured horizontal wells – 2016, A Mahboob, S Al-Nuaim, MH Rammay, SPE Kingdom of Saudi Arabia annual technical symposium and exhibition, https://doi.org/10.2118/182778-MS

Performance evaluation of novel polymers for CO2 foam enhanced oil recovery – 2019, T Majeed, MS Kamal, T Solling, A Mahboob, X Zhou, Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition & Conference, https://doi.org/10.2118/197839-MS

An experimental study of interfacial tension and contact angles of CO2/brines/surfactants/oil systems with dolomite rock – 2016, A Mahboob, AS Sultan, SPE Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Annual Technical Symposium and Exhibition, https://doi.org/10.2118/182839-MS

Awards & Honors

  • Winner of Paper Contest of the 2016 Young Professional’s Technical Symposium (YPTS), SPE-KSA YPSO, Dhahran KSA
  • On-Merit Full tuition fee waiver Scholarships from KFUPM, Dhahran from 2013 to 2016
  • “Govt. Internal merit Scholarship” at UET, Lahore from 2007 to 2011
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