Paraffin Control in Oil Wells Using Anaerobic Microorganisms

EPA Grant Number: X832428C002
Subproject: this is subproject number 002 , established and managed by the Center Director under grant X832428
(EPA does not fund or establish subprojects; EPA awards and manages the overall grant for this center).

Center: IPEC University of Tulsa (TU)
Center Director: Sublette, Kerry L.
Title: Paraffin Control in Oil Wells Using Anaerobic Microorganisms
Investigators: Suflita, Joseph , Gieg, Lisa M.
Institution: University of Oklahoma
EPA Project Officer: Lasat, Mitch
Project Period: October 15, 2006 through October 14, 2007
Project Amount: Refer to main center abstract for funding details.
RFA: Integrated Petroleum Environmental Consortium (IPEC) (1999) RFA Text |  Recipients Lists
Research Category: Targeted Research

Objective:

Paraffins that form waxy deposits upon removal from reservoirs have been implicated in numerous oil field problems leading to reductions in oil recovery. In oil reservoirs, anaerobic conditions usually predominate. Thus the addition of anaerobic microbial populations that can definitively biodegrade paraffins under such conditions may be of great use to treat wax accumulations. Our aim is to evaluate the feasibility of using anaerobic microbial consortia to biodegrade waxy hydrocarbons in order to ameliorate paraffin accumulations in oil reservoirs.

Progress and Final Reports:

  • Final

  • Main Center Abstract and Reports:

    X832428    IPEC University of Tulsa (TU)

    Subprojects under this Center: (EPA does not fund or establish subprojects; EPA awards and manages the overall grant for this center).
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    X832428C002 Paraffin Control in Oil Wells Using Anaerobic Microorganisms
    X832428C003 Fiber Rolls as a Tool for Re-Vegetation of Oil-Brine Contaminated Watersheds