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Title: System and method for preparing near-surface heavy oil for extraction using microbial degradation

Abstract

A system and method for enhancing the recovery of heavy oil in an oil extraction environment by feeding nutrients to a preferred microbial species (bacteria and/or fungi). A method is described that includes the steps of: sampling and identifying microbial species that reside in the oil extraction environment; collecting fluid property data from the oil extraction environment; collecting nutrient data from the oil extraction environment; identifying a preferred microbial species from the oil extraction environment that can transform the heavy oil into a lighter oil; identifying a nutrient from the oil extraction environment that promotes a proliferation of the preferred microbial species; and introducing the nutrient into the oil extraction environment.

Inventors:
 [1];  [2];  [3];  [4]
  1. Highland Village, TX
  2. Southlake, TX
  3. Golden, CO
  4. West Richland, WA
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1016803
Patent Number(s):
7,922,893
Application Number:
US Patent Application 11/350,206
Assignee:
International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)
DOE Contract Number:  
AC05-76RLO1830
Resource Type:
Patent
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
60 APPLIED LIFE SCIENCES

Citation Formats

Busche, Frederick D, Rollins, John B, Noyes, Harold J, and Bush, James G. System and method for preparing near-surface heavy oil for extraction using microbial degradation. United States: N. p., 2011. Web.
Busche, Frederick D, Rollins, John B, Noyes, Harold J, & Bush, James G. System and method for preparing near-surface heavy oil for extraction using microbial degradation. United States.
Busche, Frederick D, Rollins, John B, Noyes, Harold J, and Bush, James G. Tue . "System and method for preparing near-surface heavy oil for extraction using microbial degradation". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1016803.
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abstractNote = {A system and method for enhancing the recovery of heavy oil in an oil extraction environment by feeding nutrients to a preferred microbial species (bacteria and/or fungi). A method is described that includes the steps of: sampling and identifying microbial species that reside in the oil extraction environment; collecting fluid property data from the oil extraction environment; collecting nutrient data from the oil extraction environment; identifying a preferred microbial species from the oil extraction environment that can transform the heavy oil into a lighter oil; identifying a nutrient from the oil extraction environment that promotes a proliferation of the preferred microbial species; and introducing the nutrient into the oil extraction environment.},
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year = {2011},
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