Dr Alexander Graham, Research Associate with Heriot-Watt's Institute of Petroleum Engineering (IPE), is the first recipient of the Terje Østvold Award which is given to the best new presenter at the SPE International Oilfield Scale Conference & Exhibition. The 2016 event was held in Aberdeen during 11-12 May.
This award has been established in memory of geochemist, Professor Terje Østvold, who died earlier this year. He was well known and respected in the scale community.
Around 150 attendees voted for the best new presenter, with Alexander's presentation 'A Systematic Investigation of Factors Affecting the Formation of Zinc Sulfide (ZnS)" attracting significant peer approval.
Dr Ross McCartney, Director and Principal Consultant of Oilfield Water Services Ltd, presented the award said "I was delighted to present the Terje Østvold award, for the best new presenter at the SPE International Oilfield Scale Conference, to Alexander on behalf of the conference committee. There were a number of very good 'first-time' presentations during the conference but his particularly caught the eye for its clarity, excellent content, and Alexander's engaging presentation style. Alexander should feel particularly proud because he won the award based on the votes cast by his peers, the conference attendees".
Dr Salima Baraka-Lokmane delivered a keynote talk on 'Design and Performance of Novel Sulphide Nanoparticle Scale Inhibitors for TOTAL's North Sea HP/HT Fields.' Dr Baraka-Lokmane was a research associate with the first phase of IPE's Flow Assurance & Scale Team (FAST). Coincidentally, Dr Graham is conducting research for FAST's current phase.
Dr Matteo Martini's keynote talk demonstrated work being carried out at the Université de Lyon on "Time-Resolved Fluorescence for Real-Time Monitoring of Both Scale and Corrosion Inhibitors: A Game-Changing Technique".