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Oilfield scale CO2 storage Application of numerical simulation to reactive transport problems, from pore scale to reservoir scale Main research interest is in oilfield scale as a Principal Investigator with the Flow Assurance and Scale Team ().FAST Also work on projects on CO2 capture and storage with the Scottish Carbon Capture and Storage (SCCS). Other research topics have included: pore-scale modelling of gel formation and transport in porous media the engineered depressurisation of waterflooded reservoirs in situ combustion for heavy oil recovery comparison of EOR techniques vs. infill well drilling for incremental production

Biography

Eric Mackay holds the Foundation CMG Chair in Reactive Flow Simulation in the Institute of Petroleum Engineering at Heriot-Watt University, where he has worked since 1990. His research interests include the study of fluid flow in porous media, such as the flow of oil, gas and water in subsurface geological formations. He has over 100 publications related primarily to maintaining oil production when faced with mineral scale deposition, but since 2005 he has also worked on Carbon Capture and Storage. He is involved in projects identifying methods for calculating secure CO2 storage potential in saline formations and depleted hydrocarbon reservoirs. As well as his research interests, Eric is involved in extensive consultancy activities, he delivers short courses for the oil industry and is a technical editor for a number of journals. He has also taught Reservoir Simulation to the residential and distance learning MSc classes at Heriot-Watt University since 1990. Eric holds a BSc in Physics from the University of Edinburgh and a PhD in Petroleum Engineering from Heriot-Watt University.

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Research Output

Barium Sulfate Scaling and Control during Polymer, Surfactant, and Surfactant/Polymer Flooding

Al Kalbani, M. M., Jordan, M. M., Mackay, E. J., Sorbie, K. S. & Nghiem, L., 1 Feb 2020, In : SPE Production and Operations. 35, 1, p. 68-84 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Comparison of Chemical-Component Transport in Naturally Fractured Reservoirs Using Dual-Porosity and Multiple-Interacting-Continua Models

    Al-Rudaini, A., Geiger, S., Mackay, E., Maier, C. & Pola, J., Aug 2020, In : SPE Journal. 25, 4, p. 1964-1980 17 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Economic optimization and calcite scale management of CO2-EOR in carbonate reservoirs

    Rodrigues, H., Mackay, E., Arnold, D., Azari, V. & Vazquez, O., 24 Jun 2020, SPE International Oilfield Scale Conference and Exhibition 2020. Society of Petroleum Engineers, SPE-200678-MS

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

  • Heterogeneity Effects on Low Salinity Water Flooding

    Al-Ibadi, H., Stephen, K. & MacKay, E., 2020, SPE Europec Featured at 82nd EAGE Conference and Exhibition. Society of Petroleum Engineers, SPE-200547-MS

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

  • Impact of CO2 mixing with trapped hydrocarbons on CO2 storage capacity and security: A case study from the Captain aquifer (North Sea)

    Ghanbari, S., Mackay, E. J., Heinemann, N., Alcalde, J., James, A. & Allen, M. J., 11 Aug 2020, In : Applied Energy. 278, 115634.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle