Evaluation of Commercial, Microbial-Based Products to Treat Paraffin Deposition in Tank Bottoms and Oil Production Equipment

EPA Grant Number: R830633C006
Alternative EPA Grant Number: R827015C021
Subproject: this is subproject number 006 , established and managed by the Center Director under grant R830633
(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: Evaluation of Commercial, Microbial-Based Products to Treat Paraffin Deposition in Tank Bottoms and Oil Production Equipment
Investigators: McInerney, Michael , Gieg, Lisa M. , Suflita, Joseph
Institution: University of Oklahoma
EPA Project Officer: Lasat, Mitch
Project Period: June 1, 2002 through May 31, 2004
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:

We aimed to determine the mechanism(s) of action of commercially available, microbial formulations used to treat paraffin deposition in the oil field. There are many conflicting reports by producers on the efficacy of microbial treatments to remedy paraffin deposits, and it is not known why microbial treatments work under some conditions but not others. Knowledge of the mechanism(s) used by microorganisms to remediate paraffin deposits is a critical first step in understanding how the application of microbial treatments for paraffin removal can be optimized in the oil field. Knowing the mechanism(s) of action of these products will allow the independent producer to determine the conditions under which they are likely to succeed and to determine if and when the purchase of microbial commercial paraffin treatments represents a wise expenditure of investment dollars.

Publications and Presentations:

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Supplemental Keywords:

RFA, Scientific Discipline, Waste, TREATMENT/CONTROL, Sustainable Industry/Business, Remediation, Sustainable Environment, Treatment Technologies, Technology for Sustainable Environment, Ecological Risk Assessment, Environmental Engineering, decontamination, environmental technology, contaminated sediments, petroleum contaminated soil, environmental sustainability, petrochemicals, petroleum industry, remediation technologies, ecological impacts, environmental education, bioremediation

Progress and Final Reports:

  • 2002
  • Final Report

  • Main Center Abstract and Reports:

    R830633    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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    R830633C003 Effective Stormwater and Sediment Control During Pipeline Construction Using a New Filter Fence Concept
    R830633C004 Evaluation of Sub-micellar Synthetic Surfactants versus Biosurfactants for Enhanced LNAPL Recovery
    R830633C005 Utilization of the Carbon and Hydrogen Isotopic Composition of Individual Compounds in Refined Hydrocarbon Products To Monitor Their Fate in the Environment
    R830633C006 Evaluation of Commercial, Microbial-Based Products to Treat Paraffin Deposition in Tank Bottoms and Oil Production Equipment
    R830633C007 Identifying the Signature of the Natural Attenuation in the Microbial Ecology of Hydrocarbon Contaminated Groundwater Using Molecular Methods and “Bug Traps”
    R830633C008 Using Plants to Remediate Petroleum-Contaminated Soil: Project Continuation
    R830633C009 Use of Earthworms to Accelerate the Restoration of Oil and Brine Impacted Sites