Modelling of microbial enhanced oil recovery application using anaerobic gas-producing bacteria

Petroleum Science, May 2014

Microbial enhanced oil recovery (MEOR) methods apply injection of bacteria to depleted oil reservoirs to produce oil, which had remained unrecovered after the conventional methods of production. The ability of thermophilic anaerobic bacteria to produce gas as the main mechanism in potential MEOR in high salinities of 70–100 g/L was investigated in this study. Maximum gas production of up to 350 mL per 700 mL of salty solution was produced at a salinity of 90 g/L stably during 2–4 days of experiment. The experimental results were upscaled to the Snorre Oilfield, Norway, and simulated using ECLIPSE software for 27 months. The best scenarios showed that the increase in oil recovery on average was at 21% and 17.8% respectively. This study demonstrated that anaerobic bacteria used in biogas plants could be an attractive candidate for MEOR implementation due to their ability to withstand high temperature and salinity, and produce gas in large volumes.

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Modelling of microbial enhanced oil recovery application using anaerobic gas-producing bacteria

Petroleum Science June 2014, Volume 11, Issue 2, pp 272–278 | Cite as Modelling of microbial enhanced oil recovery application using anaerobic gas-producing bacteria AuthorsAuthors and affiliations Pavel SpirovYanina IvanovaSvetlana Rudyk Article First Online: 07 May 2014 328 Downloads 5 Citations Abstract Microbial enhanced oil recovery (MEOR) methods apply injection of bacteria to depleted oil reservoirs to produce oil, which had remained unrecovered after the conventional methods of production. The ability of thermophilic anaerobic bacteria to produce gas as the main mechanism in potential MEOR in high salinities of 70–100 g/L was investigated in this study. Maximum gas production of up to 350 mL per 700 mL of salty solution was produced at a salinity of 90 g/L stably during 2–4 days of experiment. The experimental results were upscaled to the Snorre Oilfield, Norway, and simulated using ECLIPSE software for 27 months. The best scenarios showed that the increase in oil recovery on average was at 21% and 17.8% respectively. This study demonstrated that anaerobic bacteria used in biogas plants could be an attractive candidate for MEOR implementation due to their ability to withstand high temperature and salinity, and produce gas in large volumes. Key wordsMicrobiological enhanced oil recovery CO2 injection ECLIPSE simulation  Download to read the full article text References Aarra M G, Skauge A and Martinsen H A. FAWAG: a breakthrough for EOR in the North Sea. Paper SPE 77695 presented at SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition, September 29–October 2, 2002, San Antonio, TexasGoogle Scholar Brown L R. Microbial enhanced oil recovery (MEOR). Current Opinion in Microbiology. 2010. 13(3): 316–320CrossRefGoogle Scholar Donaldson E C, Chilingarian G V and Yen T F. Microbial Enhanced Oil Recovery. Vol. 22, Netherlands: Elsevier Science, 1989Google Scholar Enick R, Olsen D, Ammer J and Schuller W. Mobility and conformance control for CO2 EOR via thickeners, foams, and gels: a literature review of 40 years of research and pilot tests. U.S. Department of Energy, 2012Google Scholar Jimoh I A, Rudyk S N and Sogaard E G. Microbial fluid-rock interactions in chalk samples and salinity factor in divalent Ca2+ ions release for microbial enhanced oil recovery purposes. Chemical Engineering Transactions. 2011. 24: 889–894Google Scholar Lazar I, Petrisor I G and Yen T F. Microbial enhanced oil recovery (MEOR). Petroleum Science and Technology. 2007. 25(11): 1353–1366CrossRefGoogle Scholar Sayyouh M H, Al-Blehed M S and Hemeida A M. Possible applications of MEOR to the Arab oil fields. Paper presented at the J. King Saud Univ, 1993, Saudi ArabiaGoogle Scholar Skauge A, Aarra M G, Surguchev L, et al. Foam-assisted WAG: experience from the Snorre Field. Paper SPE 75157 presented at SPE/DOE Improved Oil Recovery Symposium, April 13–17, 2002, Tulsa, OklahomaGoogle Scholar Sørensen B. Renewable Energy Conversion, Transmission, and Storage. Netherlands: Elsevier, 2007Google Scholar Spirov P and Rudyk S. Testing of Snorre Field FAWAG in new foam screening model. Oil & Gas Science and Technology-Revue d’IFP Energies nouvelles. 2013. DOI: 10.2516/ogst/2013193Google Scholar Spirov P, Rudyk S and Khan A. Foam assisted WAG, Snorre revisit with new foam screening model. Paper SPE 150829 presented at North Africa Technical Conference and Exhibition, February 20–22, 2012, Cairo, EgyptGoogle Scholar Stalkup F I. Miscible Displacement. SPE Monograph Series. Vol. 8, Richardson, TX: Henry L. Doherty Memorial Fund of AIME, 1992Google Scholar Wagner M. Microbial enhancement of oil recovery from carbonate reservoirs with complex formation characteristics. In: Microbial Enhancement of Oil Recovery-Recent Advances. Edited by Donaldson E C. Vol. 31, Netherlands: Elsevier Science, 1991Google Scholar Weiss A, Jerome V, Freitag R and Mayer H. Diversity of the resident microbiota in a thermophilic municipal biogas plant. Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology. 2008. 81(1): 163–73CrossRefGoogle Scholar Youssef N, Elshahed M S and McInerney M J. Microbial processes in oil fields: culprits, problems, and opportunities. Advances in Applied Microbiology. 2009. 66: 141–251CrossRefGoogle Scholar Copyright information © China University of Petroleum (Beijing) and Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2014 Authors and Affiliations Pavel Spirov1Yanina Ivanova2Svetlana Rudyk1Email author1.Department of Petroleum and Chemical EngineeringSultan Qaboos UniversityMuscatSultanate of Oman2.Chemistry & EnvironmentMærsk Olie og Gas A/SEsbjergDenmark


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Pavel Spirov, Yanina Ivanova, Svetlana Rudyk. Modelling of microbial enhanced oil recovery application using anaerobic gas-producing bacteria, Petroleum Science, 2014, 272-278, DOI: 10.1007/s12182-014-0340-7