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.

DOI: 10.1016/S0376-7361(09)70047-0
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.

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