April 8, 2008


Description

Laboratory and field studies have proven that microbes can improve microscopic displacement efficiency and oil mobility, produce miscible gases and preferentially plug high permeability zones but these approaches have failed to satisfy valid industry concerns on their field deployment. Similar strategies have been used over a prolonged period and the same results always obtained. New users have emerged to try MEOR and then rapidly discontinued its application. After nearly one hundred years of doing the same thing, it was time to re-evaluate the fundamentals.

This presentation looks at the steps involved in developing a new microbial enhanced oil recovery concept and describes the field application and evaluation of this process. It introduces the basic characteristics of microbial life and an overview of the sequential development and assessment of this successful process. The growth of petroleum reservoir microbes, nutritional manipulation which creates cell associated hydrophobicity, organic debris removal, oil-water-bacteria interface interactions, transient stabilisation of water and oil emulsions, oil droplet coalescence and shear deformation integral to oil recovery are described. The resultant process which simply requires the addition of nutrients to a well or field is described and field data demonstrating reservoir responses and substantial increases in oil recovery are presented.

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Featured Speakers

Speaker Professor Alan Sheehy
Professor of Microbiology Titan Oil Recovery  Professor Alan Sheehy is Professor of Microbiology at the Microbiology Research Unit, Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia. He is a microbial ecologist specializing in extractive industries—especially oil and gas. His appointments include inaugural Dean of Science and Professor of Microbiology at the University of the …

Professor of Microbiology
Titan Oil Recovery
 Professor Alan Sheehy is Professor of Microbiology at the Microbiology Research Unit, Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia. He is a microbial ecologist specializing in extractive industries—especially oil and gas. His appointments include inaugural Dean of Science and Professor of Microbiology at the University of the Sunshine Coast; Professor of Microbiology at the University of Canberra; and Senior Principal Research Scientist at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization of Australia (CSIRO). Professor Sheehy has 38 years of experience in microbiology with the last 20 years in collaborative projects with major oil and gas producers resolving industrial issues. Presently he consults with industry through Titan Oil Recovery, Inc., Live Oil Services Limited, and Strategic Microbiology/ Chemistry.  For his work in microbial biotechnology and the development of the Titan Process, Professor Sheehy has been nominated twice for Australia’s premier national science award, the Clunies Ross National Science and Technology Award.



Professor Sheehy conducts major studies in Microbial Enhanced Oil Recovery (MEOR), corrosion, reservoir souring, the bioremediation of hazardous wastes, biorestoration of contaminated sites, oil spill response, and the microbial ecology and biotechnological potential of bacteria from extreme environments.

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Organizer

Mark Haubert


Date and Time

Tue, April 8, 2008

11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
(GMT-0600) US/Central

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Location

The Greenspoint Club

16925 Northchase
Houston, TX 77060