General Mtg: MICROBES IN DRILLING & PRODUCTION – KEEP YOUR FRIENDS CLOSE & ENEMIES EVEN CLOSER

Speaker JAMES “Buddy” GAERTNER, Director of Research and Development for ViChem Specialty Products
James “Buddy” Gaertner, PhD, is Director of Research     and Development for ViChem Specialty Products (Conroe, TX).  ViChem specializes in environmentally friendly drilling fluid systems and additives.  During his time with ViChem he has authored several technical papers and presentations on topics from drilling fluid performance to microbial contamination of ...

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James “Buddy” Gaertner, PhD, is Director of Research     and Development for ViChem Specialty Products (Conroe, TX).  ViChem specializes in environmentally friendly drilling fluid systems and additives.  During his time with ViChem he has authored several technical papers and presentations on topics from drilling fluid performance to microbial contamination of drilling fluids. 


   He has worked with the company since graduation from      Texas State University, San Marcos, in 2010 with a PhD in Aquatic Resources. His PhD work included extensive work  with biofilms and 13 publications in peer-reviewed journals.    Before graduate school, he worked for six years as an  environmental consultant on industrial air quality.  

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ABSTRACT of PRESENTATION

 This presentation will include a discussion of topics related to microorganisms and the oil and gas industry.  The use of culture independent techniques for studying microbes will also be explained with emphasis on how it has vastly increased our understanding of microbes.  The presentation will include original research and specific examples to demonstrate how much our understanding of microorganisms has progressed and the potential for that knowledge to have significant impact on operations in the oil and gas industry.

The oil and gas exploration industry has made significant progress toward managing the extreme conditions encountered during oilfield operations.  The industry has been able to deal adequately with physical components, such as friction, extreme temperatures and pressures, as well as many of the chemical mechanisms such as sludge formation and stimulation of wells.  This understanding, however, is in sharp contrast to the relatively limited understanding of the potential impact microorganisms can have on oil and gas operations.  Microorganisms are more abundant and diverse than most people imagine and have the ability to drive biogeochemical processes on a global scale.  Despite their tremendous importance, there is very little understanding on the potential negative effects of microorganisms on oilfield operations or how to enhance their positive effects.

Microorganisms can have either a positive or negative impact on oilfield operations.  Negative effects can include microbial induced corrosion and plugging of equipment, biogenic souring of wells, interference with drilling operations and loss of formation permeability.  Microbial processes beneficial to exploration and production have also been identified, including assistance in locating reserves, enhancing oil recovery, mitigation of deleterious microbial processes and bio-remediation of waste products created by oilfield operations.

 

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Thu, May. 9, 2013
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. America/Chicago

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PETROLEUM CLUB, 43rd floor, EXXONMOBIL Building
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