Academic receives esteemed petroleum engineering award



A Heriot-Watt academic has received an acclaimed award from the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) for three decades of work in the oil and gas industry.

This is a highly applauded oil and gas award and it is very well deserved. It is a testament to all the great work going on in the Institute of Petroleum Engineering at Heriot-Watt in maintaining research excellence.

Prof John Underhill, Chief Scientist, Heriot-Watt University

Professor Kenneth Sorbie from the School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society, picked up the highly-commended prize in the Production and Operations category for his dedication to the sector.

The researcher has written many publications which tackle current issues in oil and gas production and his work has been routinely cited by industry professionals. 

Professor Sorbie was also involved in the original development of the SQUEEZE code. The code was used worldwide in the design of treatments to protect oil wells from damage due to mineral scaling.

Professor John Underhill, added: “The fact that Professor Sorbie is the recipient of this celebrated international award comes as no surprise to those familiar with the quality, extent, reach and impact of his research.”

Janeen Judah, 2017 SPE President, said: "It is an honor to recognize Kenneth for his commitment and dedication to the oil and gas industry with the Production and Operations Award.

"SPE award winners were nominated by their colleagues and selected by their peers for their achievement and contributions and it’s my pleasure to congratulate him on receiving this prestigious international award."