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Title: Development of luminescent bacteria as tracers for geological reservoir characterization

Abstract

This research project resulted from recognizing the problem of being unable to accurately distinguish communication between wells in producing oil zones which may or may not be continuous. Such a determination is necessary when considering Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) whether it is water flooding, carbon dioxide, or other methods which increase the sweep efficiency. Various kinds of chemical tracers are available, but they are expensive and many might be considered hazardous for underground aquifers. Other biological tracers are available, but have never been developed for oil reservoir conditions. Bioluminescent bacteria seemed an obvious candidate because they thrive in saline waters (usually 3% salt) which have been contaminated by oil spills.

Authors:
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Hardin-Simmons Univ., Abilene, TX (United States). Fairleigh Dickinson Labs.
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE; USDOE, Washington, DC (United States)
OSTI Identifier:
5296635
Report Number(s):
DOE/BC/14666-4
ON: DE92000267
DOE Contract Number:  
AC22-90BC14666
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
02 PETROLEUM; 59 BASIC BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES; BACTERIA; BIOLUMINESCENCE; RESERVOIR ROCK; TRACER TECHNIQUES; CARBONATE ROCKS; ENHANCED RECOVERY; OIL WELLS; OXYGEN; PROGRESS REPORT; SANDSTONES; SWEEP EFFICIENCY; DOCUMENT TYPES; ELEMENTS; ISOTOPE APPLICATIONS; LUMINESCENCE; MICROORGANISMS; NONMETALS; RECOVERY; ROCKS; SEDIMENTARY ROCKS; WELLS; 020200* - Petroleum- Reserves, Geology, & Exploration; 020300 - Petroleum- Drilling & Production; 550700 - Microbiology

Citation Formats

King, J.W. Development of luminescent bacteria as tracers for geological reservoir characterization. United States: N. p., 1991. Web. doi:10.2172/5296635.
King, J.W. Development of luminescent bacteria as tracers for geological reservoir characterization. United States. doi:10.2172/5296635.
King, J.W. Tue . "Development of luminescent bacteria as tracers for geological reservoir characterization". United States. doi:10.2172/5296635. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/5296635.
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title = {Development of luminescent bacteria as tracers for geological reservoir characterization},
author = {King, J.W.},
abstractNote = {This research project resulted from recognizing the problem of being unable to accurately distinguish communication between wells in producing oil zones which may or may not be continuous. Such a determination is necessary when considering Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) whether it is water flooding, carbon dioxide, or other methods which increase the sweep efficiency. Various kinds of chemical tracers are available, but they are expensive and many might be considered hazardous for underground aquifers. Other biological tracers are available, but have never been developed for oil reservoir conditions. Bioluminescent bacteria seemed an obvious candidate because they thrive in saline waters (usually 3% salt) which have been contaminated by oil spills.},
doi = {10.2172/5296635},
journal = {},
number = ,
volume = ,
place = {United States},
year = {Tue Jan 01 00:00:00 EST 1991},
month = {Tue Jan 01 00:00:00 EST 1991}
}

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