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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

advection-diffusion equation

An updated fractional flow model of low salinity water flooding with respect to the impact of salt diffusion

Al-Ibadi, H., Stephen, K. & Mackay, E., 2018, SPE Trinidad and Tobago Section Energy Resources Conference 2018. Society of Petroleum Engineers , SPE-191222-MS

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


Automatic optimisation of oilfield scale inhibitor squeeze treatments

Vazquez, O., Mackay, E. & Jordan, M., 9 May 2018, In : SEG Global Meeting Abstracts. p. 77-80 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalConference article

Open Access
Gas industry
gas industry
oil industry

Carbonate and sulphide scale prediction modelling in auto-scaling processes: Procedure for the calculation of reservoir fluid compositions and scale profiles in production systems using topside data

Silva, D. J., Sorbie, K. S., Ness, G. & Mackay, E. J., 2018, SPE International Oilfield Scale Conference and Exhibition 2018. Society of Petroleum Engineers , SPE-190711-MS

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

fluid composition
production system

Comparison of Flow and Transport Experiments on 3D Printed Micromodels with Direct Numerical Simulations

Watson, F., Maes, J., Geiger, S., Mackay, E. J., Singleton, M., McGravie, T., Anouilh, T., Jobe, T. D., Zhang, S., Agar, S., Ishutov, S. & Hasiuk, F., 25 Aug 2018, In : Transport in Porous Media. p. 1-18 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
transport process