Kelvin Abaa
Kelvin Abaa, Ph.D.
Senior Associate
Mechanical Engineering
Menlo Park

Dr. Abaa’s expertise is in hydraulic fracturing design, completion design, petrophysics, and geo-mechanical modelling to support completion design and optimization. Other areas of expertise include reservoir simulation of both conventional and unconventional resources and pressure transient analysis for production decline. Dr. Abaa has extensive experience with commercial simulators including FracProPT, Mangrove Petrel, Schlumberger’s Eclipse, CMG Imex and Interactive Petrophysics.

Prior to joining Exponent, Dr. Abaa was a researcher at the EMS Energy Institute at Penn State and a member of the Penn State 3S laboratory group where his research work focused on optimizing fracture design and fracturing fluid optimization for low permeability reservoirs. Dr. Abaa has also worked as a reservoir engineer for PTDF/Total Elf and as a production stimulation engineer for Schlumberger Technology Corporation where he supported the design and pumping of hydraulic fracture treatments in the Permian Basin.

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Energy and Mineral Engineering, Pennsylvania State University, 2016
  • M.S., Energy and Mineral Engineering, Pennsylvania State University, 2013
  • B.S., Chemical Engineering, Federal University of Technology, Nigeria, 2008

Publications

Abaa K. Yilin-Wang J, Elsworth D, Ityokumbul M. Laboratory investigation of multiphase permeability evolution from surfactants in tight sandstones. Hydraulic Fracturing Journal March 2017; 4(2).

Abaa K, ItyokumbuThaddeus l MM, Adewumi M. Effect of acoustic stimulation on aqueous phase trapping in low-permeability sandstones. ASME. Journal of Energy Resources Technology 2017; 139(6):062905. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.4037156.

Abaa K, Yilin-Wang J, Elsworth D, Ityokumbul M. Laboratory evaluation of multiphase permeability evolution in tight sandstones: impact of slickwater and friction reducers. Proceedings of the Society of Petroleum Engineers Low Perm Symposium, May 2016. https://doi.org/10.2118/180250-MS.

Abaa K, Yilin-Wang J, Ityokumbul MT. Parametric study of fracture treatment parameters for ultra-tight gas reservoirs. Journal of Petroleum Exploration and Production Technology 2013; 3:159. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13202-013-0058-x

Presentations


Abaa K. Laboratory evaluation of multiphase permeability evolution in tight sandstones: impact of slickwater and friction reducers. Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE). The 2016 Low Permeability Symposium, Denver, CO, May 5-6, 2016.

Abaa K. Parametric study of fracture treatment parameters for ultra tight gas reservoirs. Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE): 2012 Americas Unconventional Resources Conference, Pittsburgh, PA, June 5-7, 2012.

Prior Experience

Post-Doctoral Associate, California Energy Research Center, Bakersfield College, 2016-2017

Production Stimulation Engineering, Schlumberger Technology Corporation, 2011-2013

Reservoir Engineer, PTDF/Total Elf Petroleum Nigeria Limited, 2008-2009

Professional Affiliations

Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE)

Project Experience

Assisted in design and execution of three simulation treatments including slickwater/crosslinked gel for low permeability wells in the Spraberry formation in the Permian basin.

Proposed and implemented a plug-n-perf completion strategy for shale horizontal wells in Ector County, Texas.

Carried out reservoir simulation studies to calibrate SRV with microseismic data and predict post-fracture performance of San Andreas low permeability carbonate formation.

Additional Information

Peer Reviewer

Journal of Petroleum Exploration and Production Technology

Journal of Natural Gas Science and Engineering

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Energy and Mineral Engineering, Pennsylvania State University, 2016
  • M.S., Energy and Mineral Engineering, Pennsylvania State University, 2013
  • B.S., Chemical Engineering, Federal University of Technology, Nigeria, 2008