Lewaa Hmadeh has joined the Department of Geoscience and Petroleum at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) to undertake a 3-year PhD-project in the field of Drilling Engineering . The main supervisor is Behzad Elahifar (Associate Professor, Department of Geoscience and Petroleum – Norwegian University of Science and Technology, NTNU) and the co-supervisor is Sigbjørn Sangesland (Professor, Department of Geoscience and Petroleum – Norwegian University of Science and Technology, NTNU). Lewaa’s research “Applications of bismuth alloys in well completion and well plugging» aims to evaluate and test bismuth as an alternative sealing material. The research will propose and evaluate applications of bismuth alloys in well completion and P&A, and will model the interaction between bismuth alloy and steel/cement/cap rock formation. At advanced stages, the project will integrate digitalization in the planning of Plugging and Abandonment operations. This research is part of SFI SWIPA which is an initiative that aims to obtain a scientific understanding of permanent well barriers and allocate for improved well barrier design methodologies
Lewaa has a B.E. in Petroleum Engineering from the Lebanese American University, and pursued his MSc. in Drilling Engineering at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.