Alligator Oil for the win

There we are, five eager MSc students, a spacious office and a data set from the northern Gulf of Mexico. From mid January ongoing, Marleen Mulder (MSc Geoscience), Rogier Crooijmans (MSc Petroleum Engineering), Ahmed al Ayesh (MSc Petroleum Engineering), Roel Roijmans (MSc Petroleum Engineering) and Martin Lipus (MSc Reservoir Geology) had the great chance to investigate a reservoir in the scope of the Imperial Barrel Award 2015. The work included the analysis of a 3D-seismic data set and data from 11 wells logs. In the time frame of 6 weeks we characterized several hydrocarbon prospects and leads in the Miocene deltaic deposits. We combined our finding in a convincing 25 minute powerpoint presentation and headed off to Prague where - in competition with student teams from all over Europe - gave our best to convince the jury of industry experts about our project development plan. After that, we all went together to a traditional czech banquet with an awesome live gipsy band before we partied in the beautiful city of Prague!

We would like to thank our supervisors Guido Hoetz (Chief Geoscientist at EBN) and Gerhard Diephuis (Independent Oil & Energy Professional) for their professional advises during our weekly IBA meetings and their support during our final presentation at the Dorint Hotel Don Giovanni in Prague. We also thank Kevin Bisdom for helping organizing our office and formal procedures needed for the competition.

Lastly, we want to encourage all students from the Masters program "Petroleum Engineering and Geosciences" to participate in this unique competition. You will excel both personally as well as professionally.

Martin Lipus
Delft, 1 August 2015