• Primary Program Refining and Petrochemicals
  • Research Interests Downstream Refining and Petrochemicals Value Chain Optimization, Emissions Trading System (ETS), Use of Machine Learning to Enhance Refinery Availability and Use of Machine Learning in Refinery Planning and Scheduling


Malik was a senior research associate in the Markets and Industrial Development team focused on downstream refining and petrochemicals value chains. He is a licensed professional engineer in Canada (APEGA) and Saudi Arabia (SCE) with over 10 years of engineering and oil business experience, both office and field based. Malik has experience in the upstream, midstream and downstream sectors of North America’s oil and gas industry. He has a keen interest in integrated hydrocarbon value chain optimization to help oil and gas companies maximize profits. Malik’s research interests include the optimization of integrated value chains driven by regional and international regulations on fuels and emissions, and economic growth, among other factors. In Canada, Malik developed the concept of using data analytics tools, such as machine learning, to improve plant availability during shutdowns.


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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
Unlocking the Asian Market for Canadian Oil Producers

Unlocking the Asian Market for Canadian Oil Producers

On Friday, September 23, 2020, United States (U.S.) President Donald Trump gave the green light to a 2,570 kilometer (km) rail link proposed by the private company Alberta to Alaska (A2A). According to A2A, the rail link will be able to carry up to 2 million barrels of oil per day (MMb/d), along with potash, sulfur and grain to the west coast, which ultimately targets the Asian markets (Hydrocarbon Processing 2020).

26th November 2020
The Role of the Petrochemical Sector in the COVID-19 Pandemic

The Role of the Petrochemical Sector in the COVID-19 Pandemic

Our super-connected world enabled the COVID-19 virus to quickly evolve into a pandemic, bringing the world to a standstill. Millions of people have been infected by the virus, and billions are impacted by lockdown measures to contain it and the consequent global economic slowdown. The world was unprepared for the virus, and the materials needed to fight and contain it have become scarce commodities.  

7th June 2020
Refining Value Chain Optimization Trends in the United States: The Shale Factor

Refining Value Chain Optimization Trends in the United States: The Shale Factor

Shale oil or light tight oil (LTO) is a sweet, less viscous crude oil, with an average API gravity range of 35º API to 55º API, and a sulfur content as low as <0.2%. After the Global Financial Crisis in 2008, the vast reserves of LTO in the geological formations such as the Permian, Eagle Ford and Bakken became more economical to produce, mainly due to technological innovation and easy access to low-cost financing.    

18th January 2021

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