Francis Nzubechukwu Nwabia

Francis Nzubechukwu Nwabia

Assistant Lecturer

B. Eng., M. Sc. (Petroleum Engineering)



Brief Biography

Obtained a B.Eng in Petroleum Engineering, Federal University of Technology, Owerri with First Class Honours in 2012, and an MSc in Integrated Petroleum Engineering and Production Studies at Center of Excellence in Geosciences and Petroleum Engineering, University of Benin, Honours with Distinction in 2016. He worked as a Reservoir Engineer with an Indigenous oil servicing company in Nigeria, and also as a Research Petroleum Engineer with Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria. He is currently conducting a research on modelling and simulation of complex fractures in unconventional shale gas reservoirs (focus on non-orthogonal-unstructured gridding).

Educational Qualifications:    

B.Eng (Petroleum Engineering), FUTO

M Sc. (Integrated Petroleum Engineering), Shell CoE, UNIBEN

Research Interests:     

Fluid flow in porous media

Modeling and simulation of unconventional reservoirs

History matching of fractured reservoirs

Integrated Reservoir Studies


Teaching Interests:     

Reservoir Engineering

Reservoir Simulation

Rock Mechanics

Fluid Flow in Porous media (Transport Phenomena)


Courses Taught:         

PET 202: Basic Geology

PET 301: Drilling Technology I

PET 310: Heat and Mass Transfer

PET 415: Petroleum Engineering Rock Mechanics   

PET 505: Reservoir Modeling and Simulation

Professional Affiliations:

Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE)

Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG)

Awards and Honors:  

National Scholarship Award, CHEVRON 2008

Petroleum Technology Development Fund, 2016/2017 LSS-Msc

Shell Post Graduate Scholarship Award 2016

Selected Publications:

Francis Nwabia et al, “A Fit-for-Purpose Development Plan for FLO Reservoir Sand with Focus on Resolving Reservoir Connectivity and Fluid Contact Uncertainties”, SPE-189127-MS, Copyright 2017, Society of Petroleum Engineers.

IzuwaNkemakolam C., Nwabia Francis.N., OkoliNnanna O., NwukoEjike S., “Evaluation of Parameters that affect Minimum Miscibility Pressure during Gas Injection Processes”, International Journal of Advanced Research, 5(2), (2017), pp,165-173. ISSN 2320-5407

S.E. Nnakaihe, U.I. Duru, B.O. Obah, N.P. Ohia, F.N. Nwabia, “Enhancing the Effectiveness of Vertical Water Injection Wells with Inflow Control Devices (ICDs) – Design, Simulation, and Economics”, Advances in Petroleum Exploration and Development, Canadian Research & Development Center of Sciences and Culture, Vol 13, No.2, 2017, pp, 1-15. ISSN 1925-542X [Print], ISSN 1925-5438 [Online]

Nkemakolam C. Izuwa, Lucky Igboke, Emmanuel Nwaogu and Francis N. Nwabia, “Reservoir Performance Review for Nok Reservoir in Niger Delta”, Journal of Petroleum and Coal, (2017); 59(5): 672 – 681. ISSN 1337 – 7027.

Nnakaihe S.E, Nwabia F.N, “Validation of an Estimated Gas Condensate Reserve using Applied Uncertainty Analysis for the Condensate Reservoir Properties”, International Journal of Engineering Works, (2017), 4(1), pp 21-28, ISSN 2409-2770

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