Mark Kenton (Kent) Rooks


Over 38 years of petroleum engineering and management experience, working for both Exploration/Production and Service Companies in domestic and international assignments specializing in Electrical Submersible Pump applications. In my current position as a consultant with Quantum Reservoir Impact (QRI), a value‐creation agency for the upstream oil and gas industry, I provided electrical submersible pump (ESP) expertise to QRI’s clients in North Kuwait’s giant oilfields, the Ahdeb Iraq project based in Chengdu, China, and KMZ Field, Offshore Mexico, PEMEX based in Ciudad del Carmen, Mexico. Before joining QRI, I was with Occidental Petroleum Qatar Ltd as an advisor in project management in OPQL’s conversion of gas lift wells to ESP applications. I also worked with Saudi Aramco in positions of increasing responsibility, including supervising the Intelligent Field and Artificial Lift Unit. Prior to that I served as Director of Operations for the Western Hemisphere for Reda Pump Company as well as Middle East Regional manager for Wood Group ESP Inc based in Dubai, UAE. I excel in utilizing petroleum engineering theory, artificial lift principles, project management skills, and oil industry technology to provide solutions for ESP oil field operations.

Professional Experience


Quantum Reservoir Impact (QRI); Ciudad del Carman, Mexico Feb 2017 – Present

Principal Analyst, Artificial Lift Technologies

Supporting the PEMEX‐QRI KMZ Project in offshore fields Mexico through technical and analytical support in the PEMEX ESP operations as part of the QRI team contracted to evaluate PEMEX offshore operations. Focus is on the ESP completions in deep, hot, heavy oil, offshore applications in their Gulf of Campeche.

 

Quantum Reservoir Impact (QRI); Chendu, China Dec 2016 – Jan 2017

Principal Analyst, Artificial Lift Technologies

Supporting the SRI‐QRI AHDEB Project in Iraq through technical support as part of the Alwaha Chengdu Technical Center (ACTC) team based in Chengdu overseeing technical efforts in Al‐Koot, Iraq. Specializing in special Completions incorporating smart well technology and ESPs. Introducing rigless ESPs technology and documenting the perils of operating ESPs at too low of frequencies.

 

Quantum Reservoir Impact (QRI); Ahmadi, Kuwait Nov 2013 – Oct 2016

Principal Analyst, Production Engineering

Provide ESP expertise to KOC’s Field Development Department with the goal of maximizing North Kuwait’s ESP operations, both in terms of overall run life performance and production optimization. Prepared several Standard Operating Procedures for KOC regarding ESP operations; including Dismantle, Inspection and Failure Analysis (DIFA) Procedures for ESPs, Installation Procedures, Pulling Procedures, and Function Test Procedures. Present training courses for KOC national engineers in all areas of artificial lift.

 

Occidental Petroleum Qatar Ltd., Doha, Qatar Aug 2012‐Oct 2013

Senior Production Operations Advisor

Responsibilities included project management of the Phase V Development plan with OPQL’s conversion of existing gas lift wells to ESP applications in Idd El Shargi Field. This included preparing the Technical Proposal for Qatar Petroleum for project approval. This document addressed the processes and procedures required to produce highly fractured, carbonate reservoirs with primary gas caps with ESP equipment installed in long reach horizontal wells. Other responsibilities included the writing of the Contract, currently under evaluation, for the coiled tubing deployed ESP systems in Al Rayyan Field. This field is the largest field using CTDESP technology in the world with 22 applications.

 

Saudi Aramco; Dhahran, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Petroleum Engineering Consultant – Artificial Lift Unit Feb 2012‐Jul 2012

Petroleum Engineering Support Division

Continued to support Saudi Aramco’s 15 Performance Based Remuneration Artificial Lift Contracts. These contracts cover the procurement cycle and operation of over 500 ESPs, in both onshore and offshore applications. Responsibilities included project management of these contracts through the engineering/design, manufacturing, delivery, installation and final commissioning for artificial lift equipment required to meet Saudi Aramco’s production objectives. Developed and taught the Artificial Lift School associated to the training of newly hired Saudi engineers as part of the UPDC program. Named inventor on United States Patent Number US 8,291,983, B2 dated Oct. 23, 2012 assigned to Saudi Arabian Oil Company.

 

Supervisor (A) – Intelligent Field and Artificial Lift Unit Jan 2010‐Jan 2012

Petroleum Engineering Support Division

Responsible for Saudi Aramco’s 15 Performance Based Remuneration Artificial Lift Contracts. These contracts cover the procurement cycle and operation of over 500 ESPs, progressive cavity pumps and gas lift wells. Responsibilities included project management of these contracts through the engineering/design, manufacturing, delivery, installation and final commissioning for artificial lift equipment required to meet Saudi Aramco’s production objectives. Other responsibilities included the coordination of Aramco’s efforts for the implementation of procurement/maintenance contracts to address the surface panel equipment for Saudi Aramco’s I‐Field equipment related installations; the introduction of new technologies in the area of Artificial Lift and I‐Field Completion technologies. These technologies target the goal of meeting Saudi Aramco’s strategic goals of alternative deployed ESP operations and enhancing ESP runlife performance in adverse applications. Co‐author numerous technical papers dealing with ESP operations. Named inventor on United States Patent Number US 8,291,983, B2 dated Oct. 23, 2012 entitled the Integral POD Intake assigned to Saudi Arabian Oil Company. The Integral POD Intake is a new patented concept that incorporates the shroud hanger for a POD system as part of the intake eliminating the area where free gas can accumulate, forcing any available free gas to be ingested by the pump allowing for ESP systems to operate with pump intake pressures below the bubble point pressure below deep set packer completions. Acted in the role of the General Supervisor of PESD in the absence of the GS.

 

Petroleum Engineering Consultant – Artificial Lift Unit Jun 2009 – Dec 2009

Petroleum Engineering Support Division

Implemented the trial test of the first commercial through tubing wireline deployed ESP for offshore operations. Coordinated the installation of ESP equipment manufactured by ESP manufactures currently seeking approval to Aramco’s recommended vendors list. Prepared and gave a one week artificial lift (ESP) technical school for Saudi Aramco engineers in training. Published two papers for Saudi Aramco use.

 

Petroleum Engineering Specialist – Artificial Lift Unit Aug 2005‐Jun 2009

Petroleum Engineering Support Division

Responsible for Saudi Aramco’s efforts for the implementation of new technologies in the area of artificial lift in order for Saudi Aramco to meet their production targets. Member of the Asia Pacific Oil and Gas Conference serving on the Technical Committee for Oil Production since 2005. Accomplishments include establishing new Contracting format for bidding work to ESP manufacturers for equipment and services under a performance based relationship for Saudi Aramco. Listed as the inventor for Saudi Aramco’s Patent Pending Integral POD Intake that is a new invention to allow ESP operations below deep set packers where pump intake pressures are below bubble point pressures and free gas is present. Project managed the first ESP procurement and maintenance contract for 42 wells offshore Safaniya field.

 

Wood Group ESP (Middle East) Ltd., Dubai, United Arab Emirates Oct 2001‐Aug 2005

Regional Manager – Middle East

Responsible for Wood Group ESP operations in the Middle East which includes approximately 900 ESPs under performance based contracts in Oman, Kuwait and Yemen. This responsibility includes initiating enhanced run‐life projects, establishing “trouble shooting” techniques for problematic wells, and product development for gas handling capabilities to provide solutions to the various adverse operational applications within the region. Directed WGESP’s efforts in resolving technical issues with coil tubing‐deployed ESPs installed offshore Qatar which have led to the development of a “Super” CTDPS pump designed to run for 3 years. Other responsibilities include the technical supervision of WGESP’s manufacturing and repair facility in Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates which included putting forth the quality control systems for ISO9001 certification. Served as a founding member of the Technical Advisory Board for the Middle East Artificial Lift Forum (MEALF) in Dubai and in 2004 served on the Technical Committee for the Artificial Lift Forum sponsored by Society of Petroleum Engineers in Bahrain.

 

Wood Group ESP (Oman), Muscat, Sultanate of Oman Jan 2000‐Oct 2001

General Manager

Joined WGESP to direct their efforts within the Sultanate of Oman. Successfully orchestrated WG’s mobilization efforts for their newly awarded contract with PDO Oman as the Project Manager. This was largest awarded ESP contract at that time in the Western World with an estimated value of over $300 million. Developed and implemented QA and HSE systems in Oman and consolidated equipment selection for maximum application coverage utilizing minimum equipment types. Established monitoring systems to enhance system runlife and installed runlife improvement initiatives through equipment trouble shooting techniques. Recruited the required staff for the contracted operation. Initiated required procedures for field service operations. WGESP’s mobilization was so successful that it has become the benchmark used by PDO for other contracts. PDO gave WG a Letter of Appreciation and Recognition for superior performance during contract startup.

 

Reda Argentina, Buenos Aires, Argentina Sept 1997‐Dec 1999

Regional Manager

Established Reda Pump Company’s (currently under the Schlumberger name) legal and operational presence in Argentina. Opened Repair/Service Facilities in Comodoro Rivadavia, Rincon de las Sauces, and Mendoza to enhance Reda’s ESP operations by providing locally centralized support centers for the three geographical oil basins in Argentina. Implemented results based remuneration (RBR) type contracts with YPF, the “State” owned Oil Company and Petrolera San Jorge. Provided local technical expertise in teardown analysis, application, trouble shooting, and runlife enhancement to improve Reda’s operations within Argentina.

 

Reda Pump Company, Bartlesville, Oklahoma Feb 1996‐Aug 1997

Director of Regional Operations, Western Hemisphere

Responsible for Reda’s Service Operations in the Western Hemisphere. Responsibilities included Customer Service, North America and Latin America Regional Oil Field Operations, and Western Division Industrial Systems. Directly involved in the buy‐out of Reda’s former agents in Argentina and Colombia. Instituted a Training Program whereas bi‐lingual engineers were brought into Reda’s organization for future deployment in Latin America Marketing. Responsible for over 300+ employees and $100 million revenue per annum.

 

Reda UK Ltd., Yiewsley, England Dec 1992‐Jan 1996

Director of Regional Operations, Western Hemisphere

Responsible for Reda’s operations in Africa and Europe. Initiated the first operational application for Cable Deployed ESP Systems in Egypt; introduced ESP operations within BHP Petroleum’s Liverpool Development in the Irish Sea in a performance based incentive project. Orchestrated Reda’s involvement in other North Sea Run Life Development Operations with BP in Forties Field and Wytch Farm, and also with Chevron in Ninian Field. Expanded Reda’s operations in North Africa with Projects with SUCO (Egypt), SITEP (Tunisia) and SONATRACH (Algeria).

 

Assistant Area Manager, Africa/Europe Marketing Feb 1990‐Dec 1992

Responsible for Reda’s operation and technical support in West Africa and Europe. Implemented Reda’s first Run Life Development contract with British Petroleum Forties Field in the North Sea. This contract was the first in the industry where the Pump Companies worked with the Oil Producers in a win/win—lose/lose type contract, sharing risk and rewards, implementing strategies to increase runlife through joined up thinking techniques. This project initialed 100% inspection of all pulled equipment regardless of failure mode to pin point future wink links the ESP system.

 

Reda Pump Company, Bartlesville, Oklahoma Mar 1988‐Jan 1990

Applications Engineer, Latin America Marketing

Provided technical support to Reda’s Venezuelan and Ecuadorian operations through engineering expertise in the areas of design and application of Reda manufactured ESP equipment. This included detailed studies of ESP performance in heavy oil applications. This involved working directly with national engineers supplying the technical support required for their artificial lift operations. Introduced ESP equipment into Lagoven, the first installation of ESP equipment offshore Lake Maracaibo.

 

Colorado DOC, Crowley, Colorado Aug 1986‐Feb 1988

Vocational Department Manager

Main responsibilities included supervising the vocational education program and delivery system in the areas of vocational reporting and data collection. This included program development and evaluation, budget development and monitoring; supervised and evaluated vocational instructors; and performed supervisory functions under the general direction of the facility superintendent.

 

Amoco Production Company (International), Africa & Middle East Region, Houston, TX. Apr 1984‐Jul 1986

Sr. Petroleum Engineer

Main responsibilities included monitoring production operations for several Amoco operated fields in the Gulf of Suez, Egypt. Special projects included evaluating the use of subsea completions in the Gulf of Suez, studying the economic feasibility of ESPs as mechanisms for artificial lift in offshore Egypt applications in lieu of existing gas lift operations. Authored an in‐house manual describing analytical techniques for gas lift optimization studies through Systems Nodal Analysis; and the writing of various field studies documenting both reservoir size, drive mechanics, and formulating field depletion plans.

 

Amoco Argentina Oil Company, Comodoro Rivadavia, Argentina Apr 1981‐Mar 1984

Sr. Petroleum Engineer

Working in the secondary recovery department, responsibilities included the writing of various reservoir‐engineering reports. These reports were in‐depth studies evaluating actual performance versus those predicted through various modeling techniques, recommending future action and implementing reservoir analysis to better understand the performance of Amoco Argentina’s secondary recovery projects. Spent time in field operations under a training program studying beam pump performance.

 

Amoco International Oil Company, Central, South America & Far East Region, Houston, TX Jul 1980‐Mar 1981

Petroleum Engineer S. G.

Responsibilities included the handling of daily operational assignments and special studies with emphasis on Amoco’s operations in Argentina and Colombia. Weekly presentations to Senior Management including field performance analysis and development drilling recommendations.

 

Amoco Production Company, Liberal, Kansas Jan 1979‐Jun 1980

Petroleum Engineer

District Engineering duties included analyzing completions for newly drilled wells, work‐over and production operations for Amoco operated properties in the Oklahoma and Texas Panhandles, and the Hugoton gas field in Kansas. This included log analysis, zone perforation selection, and stimulation recommendations. Also reviewed, searched, and selected work‐over candidates. Co‐authored an SPE paper addressing the use of Plunger Lift techniques for de‐watering gas wells.

 

Education


B.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Colorado, Boulder, 1978