Overview

The Petroleum Institute University and Research Center (PI), as it was initially known, was established in 2001 to support the oil and gas industry of Abu Dhabi and the wider UAE. To achieve that goal, it developed and offered undergraduate and graduate engineering and research programs in areas of significance to the oil, gas and broader energy industries. In February 2017, PI merged with the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology (MI), and the Khalifa University of Science, Technology and Research (KUSTAR).

AT KU, PI continues to play a critical role in the research structure as a multidisciplinary research unit focused primarily on upstream and downstream hydrocarbon exploration and production. Its mission is to conduct applied and fundamental research and development of the key technologies required to maintain the UAE’s position at the forefront of innovation in the oil and gas industry.

Through Petroleum Institute, Khalifa University is positioning sustainable hydrocarbon exploration and production as a central focus of its integrated academic and research activities, which it is further developing by channeling the broad expertise of its faculty. PI connects fundamental research with practical application through its partnership with local and international organizations, including ADNOC. The Petroleum Institute is located at KU’s Sas Al Nakhl Campus.


Objectives

To conduct applied and fundamental research and development of the key technologies required to maintain the UAE’s position at the forefront of innovation in the oil and gas industry.

FACTS & FIGURES

  • – 30+ multi-disciplinary faculty affiliated with PI
  • – 2 specialized research centers
  • State-of-the-art research labs including the Enhanced Oil Recovery Lab, Core Analysis Lab, Thermodynamic Fluids Lab, Flow Assurance Lab, Catalysis Lab, and Central Analytical Facility
Research Centers


Research News

Acting Senior Director
Dr. Saeed Alhassan Associate Professor & Acting Senior Director of Petroleum Institute


Petroleum Institute Research and Development Facilities
ADNOC Research and Innovation Center (ADRIC) ADNOC Research and Innovation Center (ADRIC)

The ADNOC Research and Innovation Center (ADRIC) is a co-managed facility operated jointly by Khalifa University and ADNOC. ADRIC represents approximately 23,000 m2 of surface developed over five levels with approximately 8,000 m2 of laboratory facilities equipped with state-of-the-art equipment using the latest technology available to support oil and gas research. These laboratory facilities are organized into 36 discrete state-of-the-art topical laboratories, grouped under nine themes, to offer a multi-user environment for faculty, researchers and students. Five of the laboratories were developed with industrial partners with the objective to use up-to-date proven technology and reduce its implementation time.

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ADNOC Research and Innovation Center (ADRIC)

Geomechanics Laboratory Geomechanics Laboratory

The Geomechanics Laboratory is a shared lab facility focusing on multiphase flow and mechanics of sub-surface porous media for applications in energy, environment, and infrastructure industries. Running projects include experimental and digital rock physics from nano to core scale for rock flow and elastic properties characterization, and oil and gas reservoir hydraulic fracturing.

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Geomechanics Laboratory