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ERE Special Seminar Series-Syed Tariq

Date and Time: 
Monday, June 17, 2013 - 13:30
Green Earth Sciences, Room 104 Stanford
Event Sponsor: 
Energy Resources Engineering

Speaker:  Syed Tariq
Team Leader, Reservoir Engineering Advisor,
ExxonMobil Production Co

Managing the Super Giant Upper Zakum Field with Artificial Islands and Extended Reach Drilling: Challenges & Opportunities

The Upper Zakum field is located 50 miles offshoreAbu Dhabiin 20-100 ft water depth. With estimated original oil in place (OOIP) of ~ 50 billion bbls, it is one of the largest oil fields in the world. It currently produces ~600K STB/D

This giant oil field was discovered in the early 1960’s and covers an aerial extent of some 1200 square kilometers. The field development has been based on pattern producer and water injection wells drilled from Well Head Platform Towers (WHPT’s) located throughout the field. Currently, in excess of 80 WHPT’s have been installed, each capable of supporting up to 14 producer/injector wells drilled on geometric patterns with uniform well completion designs. The WHPT’s are connected via subsea pipelines and trunk lines to satellite platforms which are linked to an in-field central complex that receives all production for initial processing and transfer.

The talk will cover the benefits of artificial island/ERD based development, subsurface technical challenges faced during design and execution of the re-development project, current uncertainties and progress to date.


Dr. Syed Tariq is a Reservoir Engineering Advisor with ExxonMobil Production Company. He is currently working as the Reservoir Studies Team Leader at the Zakum Development Company, the operator of the Super Giant Upper Zakum oil field. Prior to his current job, he was the Reservoir Manager for the Super Giant North field in Qatar from 1999-2006. He earned a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from NED College, Karachi, Pakistan and MS/Ph. D. in Petroleum Engineering from Stanford University in 1977. He was a  student of Prof. Henry J. Ramey, Jr. He started his professional career in 1977 as the Field Manager of a small gas field in Pakistan operated by Esso He has 36 years of domestic USA and international oil industry experience with ExxonMobil and Schlumberger in various Engineering and Management positions.