AOC Author Spotlights Process Debottlenecking

Dr. Musaed M. Al-Thubaiti, a technology adviser with the Research and Technology Support Unit at Aramco Overseas Co., introduced a new approach to process debottlenecking that leads to higher production, and he has written a book about it.

Al-Thubaiti's book, "Process Debottlenecking and Intensification: Integrated Techniques for Targeting and Design," describes a new simultaneous approach to process debottlenecking, overcoming the limitations of the conventional method called the sequential unit-by-unit method.

After receiving his bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals in 1997, Al-Thubaiti worked as a process engineer at Saudi Petrochemical Co. In 1999, he joined Saudi Aramco's Research and Development Center (R&DC).

He continued his education in the United States, where he earned a master of science degree in environmental engineering from Rice University and, in 2007, a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Texas A&M University.

While pursuing his doctorate, Al-Thubaiti received several research awards and a business certification through the Mays Business School.

Al-Thubaiti said working for Saudi Aramco gave him a unique opportunity to complete and publish the book. He thanked Dr. Omar Abdulhamid, manager of the R&DC; Abbas Al-Ghamdi, head of the Research and Development Division, and other members of R&DC management for their support.