EBI Personnel Directory Conrad, Mark
Fossil Fuel Bioprocessing
The program will ensure successful translation of laboratory-derived MEHR strategies into practice at the reservoir scale. It will do this by developing approaches to remotely monitor MEHR-induced biogeochemical transformations at the reservoir scale and developing reservoir-scale reactive transport simulators that can be used to optimize MEHR treatment design and implementation. The program will advance process understanding from pore to reservoir scales, which is critical for ensuring the successful, production-scale implementation of the MEHR treatments.
The primary goal of this project is to develop the use of isotopic measurements to monitoring reservoir processes associated with microbial reduction of sulfate (souring), including treatment. The approach is to develop a database of isotopic fractionation effects related to sulfate reduction that can be incorporated into reactive transport models to identify the types and extent of reactions that are occuring in the reservoir. Eventually the techniques developed can lead to application in operating oil wells.