Heriot-Watt research features at showcase oil industry event

Diana Hernandez (centre) from the Institute of Petroleum Engineering discussing the properties of Venezuelan heavy oil with representatives from PDVSA and Schlumberger.

Diana Hernandez and Dr Alireza Emadi from the Institute of Petroleum Engineering recently presented technical papers at the World Heavy Oil Congress in Aberdeen.

The WHOC is the leading industry event for the global heavy oil industry; uniting professionals and providing a platform to foster relationships and advance development.

I loved the networking events where I met many experts from industry and academia.

Diana Hernandez

The theme of this year's conference was 'Improving Sustainability through Innovation and Collaboration' and the papers on Reliable Quantitative Gas Chromatographic Analysis and Enhanced Heavy Oil Recovery were among those selected for presentation from a record field of over  400 submissions across  25 countries, the high level of interest reflecting the regard in which the Congress is held. The presentations were a great success, generating debate and attracting lots of useful feedback from the assembled industry experts.

Alireza is a research associate at the Centre for Enhanced Oil Recovery and CO2 Solutions which is involved in investigating CO2 injection for enhanced oil recovery (EOR) and storage. Diana is a research student attached to the Centre for Gas Hydrate Research where she is completing a PhD focused on the modelling of Gas Chromatography and Pyrolysis for Heavy Oils. Both would like to acknowledge the help and support of their colleagues at the Institute of Petroleum Engineering and the organisers of the event. Diana would also like to acknowledge the contribution of her PhD research supervisors Prof Bahman Tohidi and Dr Antonin Chapoy of IPE, and Dr Roda Bounaceur from ENSIC-Nancy.