• Primary Program Oil & Gas
  • Research Interests Energy Security, Geopolitics, and Hydrocarbon Laws and Regulations

Biography

Majed is a Research Fellow at KAPSARC with a focus on energy security, geopolitics, and hydrocarbon laws and regulations. He has more than 15 years of experience in the oil and gas industry in the fields of simulation and modeling, asset management, reserves estimation, oil field development, disruptive technologies, and business planning, gained at Chevron and Saudi Aramco.

Majed holds a B.S. degree in petroleum engineering from the University of Tulsa in the United States, along with two M.S. degrees in petroleum engineering, and reservoir geosciences and engineering, respectively, from Texas A&M University and the Institut Francais du Petrole (IFP School). In 2021, Majed earned his Master of Science degree in public economics and policy from Purdue University.

Publications

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Is the Shale Oil “Rush” Over?

Is the Shale Oil “Rush” Over?

The California Gold Rush was a time of exuberance and technological development in the mining sector and exhibits significant parallels with shale development that are worth exploring. The “easy” wins of the pioneers gave way to larger organizations with better funding and technology, squeezing out smaller players as shale development became a contest of efficiency and diminishing returns.

20th November 2023
Reconsidering Inventories: An International Strategy for Strategic Storage Assets

Reconsidering Inventories: An International Strategy for Strategic Storage Assets

The purpose of this report is to recommend an interconnected regional and international strategy to share the burden of developing and maintaining commercial and strategic storage infrastructure for Saudi crude oil and products through an alliance with the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and other countries. If properly implemented, the project has the capacity to enhance the security of oil supply throughout the transition to a green economy. Such enhancement can be achieved through the centralized tracking and management of commercial and strategic stockpiles overseas. The initiative will forge new links in the global supply chain for crude oil and liquids and reveal new forms of financing for strategic petroleum reserves (SPRs).

26th September 2023
Are Bankruptcies Healthy For The Tight Oil Sector?

Are Bankruptcies Healthy For The Tight Oil Sector?

Between January 2015 and mid-2020, about 69 of the approximately 2,160 small-to-medium independent oil companies operating in the tight oil sector filed for Chapter 11 protection. These filings mostly occurred in 2016 and 2019. A lack of financial discipline and poor financial risk assessment meant that these companies were negatively impacted by the low oil prices in these years. Hence, they declared bankruptcy.

14th February 2021
Natural Gas Utilization in GCC Countries

Natural Gas Utilization in GCC Countries

Between 2009 and 2019, marketed gas production by Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) members has grown at an average rate of 4.8% per annum, from 265 billion standard cubic meters in 2009 to 422 billion standard cubic meters (Bscm) in 2019. This has been driven by increased demand for gas for electricity generation, power desalination, and petrochemical industries.

22nd September 2020
Crude Oil Reserves Metrics of GCC Members

Crude Oil Reserves Metrics of GCC Members

As of December 2018, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries had combined proven reserves of 497 billion barrels of crude oil. This represents approximately 34% of the world’s estimated proven crude reserves.

27th April 2020
Integrated Oil Companies and the Quest for Energy Transition

Integrated Oil Companies and the Quest for Energy Transition

Integrated oil and gas (O&G) companies operate vertically integrated businesses that span the O&G value chain. In this way, they can leverage expertise across multiple domains rather than just focusing on exploration and production (E&P). Examples of such companies include British Petroleum (BP), Cenovus Energy, Chevron, Eni, Imperial Oil, ExxonMobil, Repsol, Royal Dutch Shell, Suncor Energy and TotalEnergies. Integrated O&G companies played a central role in advancing energy availability and economic growth during the twentieth century. However, these companies now face the challenge of addressing the need for a new energy transition in the twenty-first century. This transition will involve a shift from fossil fuels to alternative fuels, such as renewable wind and solar energy, battery storage and nuclear energy.   Read more here

26th September 2022
How Do Bankruptcies in the Shale Sector Induce Operators to Focus on Value Creation?

How Do Bankruptcies in the Shale Sector Induce Operators to Focus on Value Creation?

Between January 2015 and early 2021, about 76 of the approximately 2,160 small-to-medium independent companies in the tight oil sector filed for Chapter 11 protection. These filings mostly occurred in 2016 and 2019. These companies were negatively impacted by the low oil prices in these years owing to their lack of financial discipline and poor financial risk assessments. As a result, they declared bankruptcy.   Read more here

9th December 2021
The Road to Zero Routine Gas Flaring: A Case Study from Saudi Arabia

The Road to Zero Routine Gas Flaring: A Case Study from Saudi Arabia

Gas is envisaged as the fuel of choice in the power sector and is ideal for helping to transition toward clean, sustainable, and affordable energy access. As vital as gas is for electricity generation, the petrochemical industry, the transportation sector, and heating, many oil operators either flare or vent associated gas, a by-product of oil extraction, at the wellhead or gathering stations. Gas flaring releases greenhouse gases (GHGs) into the atmosphere. It occurs for various reasons, including infrastructure and financial constraints to capture the gas, inadequate regulatory frameworks, or binding contractual rights.   Read more here

16th March 2021
Leveraging Intellectual Capital to Enhance Collaboration and Technology Deployment While Mitigating Freedom to Operate Risks in the Partitioned Zone

Leveraging Intellectual Capital to Enhance Collaboration and Technology Deployment While Mitigating Freedom to Operate Risks in the Partitioned Zone

Saudi Arabian Chevron, Inc. (SAC) established a robust, evergreen Intellectual Property Program to manage its intellectual property assets across the onshore portioned zone. The program applies Chevron’s intellectual property asset management system and accounts for government regulations and specific intellectual property provisions for company operations in the region.

7th November 2016
Devising and Optimizing Development Strategies for South Fuwaris Field Using Integrated Reservoir Simulation Models

Devising and Optimizing Development Strategies for South Fuwaris Field Using Integrated Reservoir Simulation Models

The South Fuwaris Field is located in the Partitioned Zone (PZ) between Saudi Arabia and Kuwait and is operated jointly by Saudi Arabian Chevron (SAC) and Kuwait Gulf Oil Company (KGOC). South Fuwaris produces light crude (240 API) from two prolific heterogeneous carbonate reservoirs: Ratawi Limestone and Ratawi Oolite. The field has been developed using vertical and horizontal wells with all wells on electric submersible pumps.

21st April 2015
Pushing Maximum Reservoir Contact Applications to New Limits in Tight Facies: A Case Study of Middle East’s Highest Reservoir Exposure Producer

Pushing Maximum Reservoir Contact Applications to New Limits in Tight Facies: A Case Study of Middle East’s Highest Reservoir Exposure Producer

The paper presents the evolution of reservoir management strategies that supported a recently drilled penta-lateral producer, which set a company record of total reservoir contact in a major greenfield in the Middle East. This paper will investigate the maximum reservoir contact (MRC) evolution in the field, the design phase of this game-changing producer, lessons learned and future implications.

19th January 2014
Gaming Out the Proposed Price Cap on Russian Oil

Gaming Out the Proposed Price Cap on Russian Oil

In a June 29, 2022, communique, the G7 countries agreed to explore ways to impose a price cap on Russian oil exports. The main mechanism would be a ban on the provision of insurance, logistics and financial services by G7 nations for cargoes sold above the price ceiling. While there are some workarounds, the oil market is overwhelmingly served by G7 service providers, which could create a significant impediment to Russian exports. The G7 accounts for about 30% of the world’s total oil consumption and has called on other countries to join this multilateral effort with the hope of bringing the Russian-Ukraine conflict to a peaceful resolution. While regulating Russian exports would impact all members of the G7 and the rest of the world, the European Union (EU) was by far the largest market for Russian energy before the current crisis, and their energy systems are designed for Russian grades, making it difficult to replace.

24th November 2022
How Long Will the Semiconductor Crisis Affect the Traditional Automotive Sector? Implications for car fuel demand

How Long Will the Semiconductor Crisis Affect the Traditional Automotive Sector? Implications for car fuel demand

The 2020 semiconductor crisis has hit the automotive sector, as well as many other sectors. As a consequence of the COVID-19-induced shock, a worldwide semiconductor supply-demand imbalance arose between 2020 and 2022. Demand grew by around 17% annually while manufacturing capacity grew by only 6% annually (Figure 1). However, this supply-demand gap was not uniform across all semiconductor applications. For instance, during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic (i.e., the first half of 2020), car demand plummeted by as much as 80% in Europe, 70% in China, and over 50% in the United States (U.S.).

13th October 2022
World’s First Blue Ammonia Shipment Signals Prospective New Low-Carbon Energy Trade for Saudi Arabia

World’s First Blue Ammonia Shipment Signals Prospective New Low-Carbon Energy Trade for Saudi Arabia

On September 27, 2020, Saudi Aramco successfully exported the world’s first shipment of carbon-neutral ammonia to Japan, helping to fuel the nascent Japanese hydrogen economy. This pilot shipment of 40 tonnes is an important realization of the hydrogen economy for both the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Japan. It also signals a potentially important addition to the Kingdom’s export commodity portfolio. 

26th November 2020
The Prospect of Unconventional Gas Development in Saudi Arabia

The Prospect of Unconventional Gas Development in Saudi Arabia

In February 2020, Saudi Aramco announced that it obtained regulatory approval to develop the Jafurah Basin, Saudi Arabia’s largest unconventional natural gas field (Figure 1). Situated east of the giant Ghawar oilfield, it contains 200 trillion cubic feet (tcf) of gas resources.

19th April 2020
U.S.-Iran Tensions and the Waiver Renewal for Iranian Gas Exports to Iraq

U.S.-Iran Tensions and the Waiver Renewal for Iranian Gas Exports to Iraq

Following the assassination of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani in Baghdad on January 3, as a result of a United States (U.S.) airstrike, the Iraqi Parliament passed a resolution stating that it “must work to end the presence of any foreign troops on Iraqi soil and prohibit them from using its land, airspace or water for any reason.”

30th January 2020
Digital Transformation in the Oil and Gas Industry: Hype or Hope?

Digital Transformation in the Oil and Gas Industry: Hype or Hope?

For decades, the oil and gas (O&G) industry has provided the globe with the best value proposition in the form of reliable, affordable, and safe energy supplies. As global population projections soar, demand for all forms of energy is also set to rise, with hydrocarbons expected to play a dominant role in the energy mix for the foreseeable future. However, current global greenhouse gas (GHG) targets and today’s definition of clean energy highlights the opportunity for emissions management and creates an economic incentive for producers and consumers to decarbonize, each playing a critical role in the energy transition.

11th September 2022
Integrated Oil Companies and the Requiem for a Transition: How Are They Coping with Climate Change?

Integrated Oil Companies and the Requiem for a Transition: How Are They Coping with Climate Change?

Integrated oil and gas (O&G) companies operate vertically integrated businesses that span the O&G value chain. In this way, they can leverage expertise across multiple domains rather than just focusing on exploration and production (E&P). Examples of such companies include British Petroleum (BP), Cenovus Energy, Chevron, Eni, Imperial Oil, ExxonMobil, Repsol, Royal Dutch Shell, Suncor Energy and TotalEnergies. Integrated O&G companies played a central role in advancing energy availability and economic growth during the 20th century.

28th February 2022
Implications of the 2021 Iran-China Deal for the Oil Market

Implications of the 2021 Iran-China Deal for the Oil Market

In late March 2021, China and Iran signed a cooperation pact to stimulate investments in Iran’s oil, gas and petrochemical infrastructure. We refer to this pact as the ‘Iran-China deal’ throughout this manuscript. This deal attracted substantial attention for its effects on global oil markets and the geopolitics of the region. Reports suggest that China may invest as much as $400 billion in Iran’s infrastructure and oil sector over 25 years owing to the deal. In exchange, Iran will supply oil to China at below-market prices.

5th October 2021
Saudi Arabia’s Gas Flaring Mitigation Experience

Saudi Arabia’s Gas Flaring Mitigation Experience

Gas is envisaged as the fuel of choice in the power sector and is the ideal fuel to help transition toward clean, sustainable, and affordable energy access. As vital as gas is for electricity generation, the petrochemical industry, the transportation sector, and heating, many oil operators either flare or vent associated gas, a by-product of oil extraction, at the wellhead or gathering stations. This releases greenhouse gases (GHGs) into the atmosphere and is done for various reasons, including infrastructure constraints, a lack of financial incentives to capture and process gas, poor regulatory frameworks, or binding contractual rights.

14th September 2020

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