Bug Rock: Bacteriogenic Mineral Precipitation Systems for Oil Patch Use
Jack, T.R., Ferris, F.G., Stehmeier, L.G., Kantzas, A. and Marentette, D.F.
Presented at the 4th International Microbial Enhanced Oil Recovery Conference held in the Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, N.Y., September 8-11, 1992.
Developments in Petroleum Science in Microbial Enhancement of Oil Recovery – Recent Advances, E.T. Premuzic and A. Woodhead Eds, p.27-35, Elsevier, 1993;
Proceedings of the 1992 international conference on microbial enhanced oil recovery.
Bacteriogenic mineral precipitation is a well documented natural phenomenon. Several mechanisms have been explained, but the commercial use of bacteria to precipitate minerals has not been seriously pursued. Through the investigation of several candidate systems, a practical approach to the application of bacteriogenic mineral precipitation was developed. The research program leading to this innovative new technology will be described and potential oil field applications identified.