Oilfield Microbiology


Microbiological fouling in oil and gas production systems can result in significant financial loss and plant down time if not monitored and remediated efficiently. Proliferation of sulphatereducing bacteria (SRB) and sulphate-reducing archaea (SRA) can cause microbially influenced corrosion (MIC) in pipelines and production vessels, or reservoir souring and loss of injectivety due to clogging of pore space.

NECE have the capabilities & multi-skilled personnel to combine corrosion monitoring with full microbiological surveys through their in house microbiology service division. This allows monitoring of the sessile and planktonic bacterial populations which are likely to develop within oil and gas production systems. This combined approach provides valuable monitoring data for assessing risks and preventing failures and unplanned shutdowns.


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