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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


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 1996 2019

Analytical and numerical solutions of chemical flooding in a layered reservoir with a focus on low salinity water flooding

Al-Ibadi, H., Stephen, K. & Mackay, E., 8 Apr 2019, 20th European Symposium on Improved Oil Recovery. EAGE Publishing BV

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

Well flooding
Flow of fluids

Automatic optimization of oilfield-scale-inhibitor squeeze treatments delivered by diving-support vessel

Vazquez, O., Ross, G., Jordan, M. M., Baskoro, D. A. A., Mackay, E., Johnston, C. & Strachan, A., Feb 2019, In : SPE Journal. 24, 1, p. 60-70 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

support vessel

Evaluation and Optimisation of Chemically Enhanced Oil Recovery in Fractured Reservoirs Using Dual-Porosity Models

Al-Rudaini, A., Geiger, S., Mackay, E., Maier, C. & Pola, J., 2019, SPE Europec featured at 81st EAGE Conference and Exhibition. Society of Petroleum Engineers

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

Open Access
dual porosity
enhanced oil recovery

Impact of Temperature on Fluid-Rock Interactions During CO2 Injection in Depleted Limestone Aquifers: Laboratory and Modelling Studies

Jaafar Azuddin, F., Davis, I., Singleton, M., Geiger, S., Mackay, E. & Silva, D., 8 Apr 2019, SPE International Conference on Oilfield Chemistry. Society of Petroleum Engineers , SPE-193562-MS

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

advection-diffusion equation