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Left to Right:  Ahmed Alzahabi, La Donna Finnels-Neal, Ganesh Thakur, Sriram Balasubramanian, Sushanta Bose, Peila ChenSOLVING REAL-TIME O&G CHALLENGES

Distinguished Professor is Leading a Team of Scientists to Optimize Oil Recovery

05/04/2017 | By Claire Andersen

As the oil industry recovers from its most recent fall, a team of six elite scientists and engineers at the University of Houston (UH) are putting their heads together to solve the real-time challenges faced by the industry. 

Ganesh Thakur, a world-renowned expert in reservoir management and oil fields rejuvenation, leads this team in a multiphase project focused on improving oilfield performance for Oil India Limited. Each member of the team is an expert in their field, from geology to chemical and petroleum engineering.

“My objective is not to use only my talents, but the talents of the professors and scientists that we have here in the university to solve real life problems,” said Thakur.  

Thakur was recruited to UH last fall as a distinguished professor thanks to $6 million in research funding from the Governor’s University Research Initiative (GURI) and a matching grant from UH.

With nearly four decades of experience in the oil and gas industry, Thakur possesses a clear understanding of both short and long-term challenges the industry faces, as well as the problems specific to every stage of oil recovery and production.  

“I think this is the time for us to focus on building the capabilities, so as soon as things turn up and positive things start happening, we are positioned just right,” he said.  

Since starting the first phase of their project four months ago, Thakur and his team have helped their client increase the oil recovery at the company’s largest oil field. In the future, the team will apply its expertise to other local and international oil fields.  

In addition, Thakur is director of Energy Industrial Partnerships, where he is charged with building connections between the energy industry and UH professors and students.  

“I want to touch everybody in the University of Houston who is going to be focusing on the energy industry,” Thakur said. “We have a sincere desire to get our university recognized as the energy university, and to do that we feel we cannot do it alone.”