Reservoir Microbiology Forum (RMF) 2020

Energy Institute

11 November 2020

Online Event

Registration Deadline

10 November 2020

The RMF is an excellent multi-disciplinary platform which brings together oil producers, scientists, technologists, engineers, academics, and researchers from around the world to present, share and discuss the widespread and versatile effects of microbes in oil reservoirs.

This respected forum provides a highly technical programme featuring the latest research and guidance on reservoir microbiology in oil fields, including biodegradation, bioremediation, and applications for oil recovery and enhancement.

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Day 1 – Wednesday 11 November

·        14.05: Welcome from the RMF Organising Committee

Dr Bart Lomans, Principal Researcher, Shell Global Solutions International

Session 1 - Subsurface Microbiology and processes and Microbial Control

·        14.10: Keynote

Mike Wilkins, Associate Professor, Soil and Crop Sciences, Colorado State University

·        14.30: Session introduction

Dr Kenneth Wunch, Energy Technology Advisor, DuPont

·        14.35: Microbial and geochemistry impact assessment for carbon capture, usage and storage (CCUS) Industry challenges and options for mitigating operational risk

Matthew Snape, Principal Consultant - Facility Integrity & Oilfield Microbiology (MiRAS), SGS

·        14.55: Tracking the evolution of microorganisms in Alberta shale operations: implications for microbiologically influenced corrosion (MIC) and natural reservoir pressure

Mohita Sharma, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Calgary, Department of Biological Sciences

·        15.15: Effects of downhole biofilm growth on reservoir productivity

Joseph Moore, Business Applications Specialist, DuPont Microbial Control

·        15.35: Break and poster viewing

·        16.05: Effects of the anti-adhesive compound zosteric acid against anaerobic and corrosive biofilms

Nicole Dopffel, Researcher, NORCE

·        16.25: The effects of increasing TDS on biocidal efficacies

Charles David Armstrong, Biocides Technology Manager, Solvay

·        16.45: Panel session: subsurface microbiology, processes, and microbial control

·        17.05: Closing remarks

·        17.10: End of day 1

Day 2 – Thursday 12 November

Session 2 – Souring and Corrosion

·        14.05: Session introduction

Dr Tony Mitchell, Specialist, Production Technology, Equinor ASA

·        14.10: Keynote presentation

Birger Hagemann, Scientific Assistant, Clausthal University of Technology

·        14.30: Novel solutions for remediation and control of reservoir souring

Hitesh Dave, Research Scientist, DuPont Microbial Control

·        14.50: High salinity and temperature effects on hydrogen sulfide production in injected seawater - produced water (ISW-PW) microcosms

Mohammed Sindi, PhD Student/Lab Scientist, Newcastle University/Saudi Aramco (R&DC)

·        15.10: Break and poster viewing

·        15.40: Microbially influenced corrosion and internal flowcoat biodegradation in dry gas transmission pipelines: a case study

Krishnaveni Venkidusamy, Dr, Curtin University

·        16.00: Integration of MIC management and risk based inspection activities

Kathryn Thomas, Materials Engineer, DNV GL

·        16.20: Aggressive internal corrosion of oil production equipment in presence of deposits and microorganisms

Laura L. Machuca, Senior Research Fellow, Curtin University

·        16.40: Gap analysis of failure investigation methods for assessing microbiologically influenced corrosion

Andre de Araujo Abilio, MIC Engineering Researcher - MSc Student, University of Alberta

·        17.00: Panel session: souring and corrosion

·        17.20: Day 2 closing remarks

·        17.25: End of day 2

Poster presentations:

·        Cementing mixed fluids operations and microbial control

Abdulmohsen Al-Humam, Science Specialist, Saudi Aramco

·        A comparative study of the application of a hybrid EOR versus bio-EOR for oil recovery from oil-wet fractured carbonate reservoirs

Kamal Elyasi Gomari, Student, Teesside University

·        The effect of sulfide toxicity on mixed SRM communities

Mark Hedley, PhD Student, Newcastle University

·        Screening of sophorolipids biosurfactants obtained from Meyerozyma spp. MF138126 for low-salinity EOR processes

Lateef Akanji, Senior Lecturer in Petroleum Engineering, University of Aberdeen

·        Biocide resistant evolution of corrosion causing Sulfate-reducing bacteria

Lydia-Yasmin Sobisch, PhD candidate, Federal Institute of Material Research, Germany

·        Tropical soil restoration trials after ex-situ smouldering for heavy hydrocarbon remediation

Vincent Gassend, Microbiologist, Total SA

·        Reaction and adaptation of SRM to repeated glutaraldehyde treatments: a flow-through experiment combining sequencing, PMA stain and qPCR

Xiang Shi, PhD student, Heriot-Watt University

·        Cost effective prevention of well failures using big data and novel treatments

Braden Dunsmore, Global Service Delivery Lead, Baker Hughes

·        Using a portable, field-ready microbial identification device to investigate high H2S production in a North Sea oil field

Lloyd Potts, Microbiologist, Intertek

·        Microbiologically influenced corrosion: the effect of the environment

Silvia Juliana Salgar, Chaparro, PhD student, Curtin University

·        A new integrated methodology to study reservoir souring in the lab and field scale

Moein Jahanbani, PhD student, Danish Hydrocarbon Research and Technology Center

Areas of work or research will include:

  • Microbiology and molecular biology
  • Production chemistry and engineering
  • Geochemistry and geophysics
  • Reservoir engineering
  • Material sciences
  • Computer modelling

The informal nature of this event makes it an excellent networking opportunity with delegates from all over the world representing companies, chemical suppliers, research institutes, universities, consultancies and service companies. Students are also encouraged to participate.

About RMF:

This event is run by the Energy Institute (EI) with the support of a small working group within the EI’s Microbiology Committee. The current RMF working group members are:

  • Dr Anthony Mitchell, Equinor
  • Dr Bart Lomans, Shell Global Solutions International
  • Dr Carol Devine MEI, ICR Integrity
  • Dr Geert van der Kraan, DuPont Microbial Control
  • Professor Ian M. Head, Newcastle University
  • Dr Lisa Gieg, University of Calgary
  • Dr Paul Evans, Chevron
  • Dr. Laura Machuca Suarez, Curtin Corrosion Centre

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Online event: The new online format will provide plenty of socially distanced networking opportunities, discussions, presentations, question and answer sessions, and more. Sessions will be scheduled throughout the day to allow for live viewing no matter where you are in the world and presentations will be available to view on demand afterwards.