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Title: Preparing near-surface heavy oil for extraction using microbial degradation

Abstract

In one embodiment, the invention provides a system including at least one computing device for enhancing the recovery of heavy oil in an underground, near-surface crude oil extraction environment by performing a method comprising sampling and identifying microbial species (bacteria and/or fungi) that reside in the underground, near-surface crude oil extraction environment; collecting rock and fluid property data from the underground, near-surface crude oil extraction environment; collecting nutrient data from the underground, near-surface crude oil extraction environment; identifying a preferred microbial species from the underground, near-surface crude oil extraction environment that can transform the heavy oil into a lighter oil; identifying a nutrient from the underground, near-surface crude oil extraction environment that promotes a proliferation of the preferred microbial species; and introducing the nutrient into the underground, near-surface crude oil extraction environment.

Inventors:
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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1360950
Patent Number(s):
9,664,010
Application Number:
12/973,766
Assignee:
International Business Machines Corporation PNNL
DOE Contract Number:
AC0576RL01830
Resource Type:
Patent
Resource Relation:
Patent File Date: 2010 Dec 20
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
59 BASIC BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES

Citation Formats

Busche, Frederick D., Rollins, John B., Noyes, Harold J., and Bush, James G. Preparing near-surface heavy oil for extraction using microbial degradation. United States: N. p., 2017. Web.
Busche, Frederick D., Rollins, John B., Noyes, Harold J., & Bush, James G. 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. 2017. "Preparing near-surface heavy oil for extraction using microbial degradation". United States. doi:. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1360950.
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abstractNote = {In one embodiment, the invention provides a system including at least one computing device for enhancing the recovery of heavy oil in an underground, near-surface crude oil extraction environment by performing a method comprising sampling and identifying microbial species (bacteria and/or fungi) that reside in the underground, near-surface crude oil extraction environment; collecting rock and fluid property data from the underground, near-surface crude oil extraction environment; collecting nutrient data from the underground, near-surface crude oil extraction environment; identifying a preferred microbial species from the underground, near-surface crude oil extraction environment that can transform the heavy oil into a lighter oil; identifying a nutrient from the underground, near-surface crude oil extraction environment that promotes a proliferation of the preferred microbial species; and introducing the nutrient into the underground, near-surface crude oil extraction environment.},
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