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John M. Karanikas
Chief Scientist Reservoir Engineering
Vast quantities of oil and natural gas are trapped in unusual rock formations. We are working on technologies to help unlock them.
From an early age John had a strong interest in electronics. Later he decided to study the physics behind it. He graduated in 1991 from The Ohio State University with a PhD in condensed matter physics. While studying he became fascinated by the energy industry.
After university John joined Shell as a member of Bellaire Research Center team in Houston the USA. The team was developing ways to unlock resources of oil sands and oil trapped in shale by using heaters to crack the heavy oil into lighter fractions.
John has worked in reservoir engineering for over 19 years, helping to develop advanced models of below the Earth’s surface and advising on the design and operation of field tests – he holds more than 70 patents.
Currently John is a Technology Advisor at the Unconventional Technologies department and was appointed Chief Scientist Reservoir Engineering in 2010.
Shell Chief Scientist Reservoir Engineering John Karanikas talks about using advanced mathematical modelling to learn more about rock and fluid properties and how this, combined with novel technologies, is helping to unlock vast resources of hard-to-produce oil and gas.