TEC Leadership: VP Symposium

Anil Kumar, Ph.D.

Executive Summary
I have extensive experience in the domestic and international upstream oil and gas industry, including business and technology management, operations, enhancing recovery from new and brown fields; capital and expense budgets, salary administration, planning and economic evaluation; and upgrading of technical workforce for the long term health and viability of the organization. Among other assignments, I have been an Chief EOR Engineer, Engineering Manager, Planning and Economics Manager in Chevron, Senior Technical Advisor in Mobil E&P, have been involved in domestic and international acquisition and merger activities as Vice President of Wellspring Partners, LLC in Dallas, and a Senior VP for Reliance Industries Ltd. I am recognized as a strong technology and business team builder, and a savvy leader.

I am currently heading a consulting petroleum company called OMAK Technologies LLC working with multi-disciplinary staff consisting of geologists, geophysicists, petrophysicists, engineers, with extensive worldwide experience. Services provided include exploration analysis, geocellular modeling, reservoir studies and simulation, exploitation studies, emerging research and technology applications, strategic planning and risk analysis, reserves and resource assessment, property and acquisition valuation, and third party expert reports. During 2011, the company built a 16-person multi-disciplinary team to execute an integrated study and development program in a 5-billion barrel field with 3000 wells for Pemex. The company is also involved in developing drilling projects in prematurely abandoned oil and gas fields in East and SE Texas.

From 2004 until 2009, I was a Senior VP within Reliance Industries Ltd., the largest private sector oil and gas Company in India headquartered in Mumbai, where I built from scratch a multi-disciplinary subsurface technology and business team of 60 professionals consisting of development geologists, geophysicists, petrophysicists, reservoir engineers, production planning engineers, and asset managers. I headed the reserves assessment, reservoir production development and as a member of the management team which was responsible for the development of a very large deep-water gas field discovered in 2002 in Bay of Bengal on the east coast of India. This was an 8-billion dollar project and the field has been producing since late 2009 with an initial production of 1.25 Bcf per day.

The above has involved preparing pre-development economic planning assumptions, integrating evaluation from subsurface imaging groups (seismic processing, sequence stratigraphic imaging, petrophysics), geocellular model building, and surface facilities design groups; conducting an appraisal drilling program of subsea wells in 3,000 to 7,000 ft. water-depth including drill-stem tests, modular formation dynamic tests, logging-while drilling, PVT analysis, material balance, and reservoir simulation in a deepwater environment. In an earlier assignment during 1998-2000 within Mobil E&P, I was responsible for project coordination, resource assessment and development planning of another large deep water field (3,000- 4,000 ft. water depth) in the Makassar Straits of Indonesia, with Unocal as the Operator, and with potential investment of 1- billion dollars. During the last year at Reliance Industries, I also directed and developed a significant effort to build technical training programs in all disciplines for 1,500- employees within the E&P Company.

I am very familiar with the unconventional development in Permian Basin where I spent 12-years, oil and gas operations in Gulf of Mexico and international business and field operations in Norway, Aberdeen, UK, Nigeria, Abu Dhabi, Malaysia, Indonesia and India. I have been responsible for the planning of large offshore platform developments in Gulf of Mexico with investments of 200 million to a billion dollars, and development of deep water fields in Indonesia and India: and engineering and economic evaluation of hundreds of drilling and work over proposals including horizontal wells with multi-stage frac completions; initiation and management of tens of water floods, CO2 and polymer projects; and acquisition of oil and gas interests including a 60 million dollars acquisition of coal bed methane asset in the Black Warrior Basin in the US.

I founded in April 2000 a petroleum engineering consulting firm, which provided extensive services in reservoir engineering, and completed significant projects for OXY Permian Ltd. in Midland, Texas; Westport Resources Corp. in Denver, Co.; Halliburton Energy Services, Denbury Resources, O’Brien Energy in Shreveport, Devon Energy Indonesia and PetroChina International Jabung Limited.

I have strong interpersonal skills and have excelled in building collaborative relationships among varied groups. I have organized major symposia for the SPE and the company for technology transfer. I possess outstanding communication skills in oral presentations and in writing.

Management Awards
Many of the above assignments required initiating and directing projects to improve operational cost effectiveness through improvements in technology and organizational development programs, such as Breakthrough Strategy, and I have facilitated the work of some seventeen teams at one time. For these efforts and for implementing quality improvement programs resulting in significant reductions in operating costs, I was recognized by the President’s award, and special cash bonus award.

Technical and Service Awards
I have been presented the prestigious AIME/SPEI Honorary Member Award in 2017 (the highest award), Anthony F. Lucas Gold Medal Technical Leadership Award in 2015, SPEI Formation Evaluation Award in 2013, SPEI Reservoir Engineering Award for 1997, was a SPE Distinguished Lecturer during 1995-96 which took me around the world, was inducted into Distinguished Membership of the SPE during October 2001 and was presented the Engineer of the Year Award for 2005 by the Texas Society of Professional Engineers in Dallas. I have been active in SPE programs over the last forty years. I was elected to the International Board of Directors of the SPE in 2004. I am on BOD of the Texas Energy Council in Dallas and was awarded its title of Energy Ambassador in 2016. I am on the prestigious Council of Energy Advisors within the Gerson Lehrman Group on the Wall Street, and Coleman Research Group. I was also awarded the Kapitsa Medal of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences in 2001 for outstanding contributions to the field of Petroleum Science. I was the Chairman of the SPEI Reservoir Description and Dynamics Award Committee for 2013-14; served on the SPEI International Awards and Award Committees Review Task Force in 2015; and Member of the
SPEI Formation Evaluation Award Committee for 2016-18.

I have authored pioneering papers in 1976 initiating pressure derivative approach in the transient well test analysis which has since become the game changing technology platform. I have published many technical papers and a research monograph for the American Gas Association on “Well Test Analysis under Water-Drive Conditions”. I have presented many short courses during SPE conferences on “Surveillance and Optimization of Injection Projects”, and trained over 500 petroleum engineers during my career.

I was Chairman of the Petroleum and Mining Engineering Department at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (New Mexico Tech), and helped create the New Mexico Petroleum Recovery Research Center in 1975. I taught graduate PE courses at the Tulane U. during 1980-81 as an Adjunct Associate Professor while I was working in New Orleans; and later was invited by UT-Austin during 1991-92 in its remote MS PE program in Midland, TX.

I earned a Ph.D. from Stanford University; and an MS from Louisiana State University, all in petroleum engineering. I took MBA courses in the areas of Financial Management, Marketing Management, IT and Information Age Enterprise, and Internet Business Models at the U of Texas at Dallas School of Management. Additionally, I attended some 25 managerial and technical courses within the Chevron, Mobil, and Reliance Industries during my career. I am a member of Phi Kappa Phi, Tau Beta Pi, and Pi Epsilon Tau honor societies.