Investigation of indigenous bacteria in water-dissolved natural gas fields for preventing microbial clogging of injection wells

Ryo Wakizono, Yuichi Sugai, Kyuro Sasaki, Yasunori Higuchi, Noriyuki Muraoka

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Abstract

The brine that has been produced from water-dissolved natural gas reservoirs should be returned into reservoirs after the resources have been extracted to prevent the subsidence. However, the re-injectivity of the brine declines gradually; therefore, re-injection wells should be maintained by backwashing treatments. Colloidal materials like biofilms can be observed in solid materials that have been produced by the backwashing from the re-injection wells. Because the brine contains not only dissolved natural gas but also high levels of iodine, the iodine is also extracted from the brine chemically using sulfuric acid and oxidizing agent; therefore, re-injected brine contains sulfate and dissolved oxygen abundantly. These chemicals may stimulate the metabolites of microorganisms that have influences on the clogging; therefore, we considered the influences of these materials on microorganisms that may cause the clogging in this study. Column experiments were carried out using sand and brine that were collected in the gas field. The columns that the brine including indigenous microorganisms, dissolved oxygen and sulfate was injected into were clogged significantly. Iodide-oxidizing bacteria, iron-oxidizing bacteria and sulfate-reducing bacteria were found specifically in clogged columns, suggesting these microorganisms had influences on the clogging. In particular, Iodide-oxidizing bacteria were also found in original brine; therefore, it was assumed to have an important influence on the clogging. Iodide-oxidizing bacteria convert iodide into iodine that corrodes iron in the sand under the presence of dissolved oxygen. Iron (II) ion that has been eluted from the sand is oxidized to iron (III) ion by iron-oxidizing bacteria under the presence of dissolved oxygen. Iron (III) ion forms ferric hydroxide colloid in the brine and it causes the clogging of the porous media. From these mechanisms of the clogging, we can suggest removing dissolved oxygen as the most feasible countermeasures for the clogging.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSociety of Petroleum Engineers - SPE Asia Pacific Oil and Gas Conference and Exhibition 2011
Pages1098-1105
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2011
EventSPE Asia Pacific Oil and Gas Conference and Exhibition 2011 - Jakarta, Indonesia
Duration: Sep 20 2011Sep 22 2011

Publication series

NameSociety of Petroleum Engineers - SPE Asia Pacific Oil and Gas Conference and Exhibition 2011
Volume2

Other

OtherSPE Asia Pacific Oil and Gas Conference and Exhibition 2011
CountryIndonesia
CityJakarta
Period9/20/119/22/11

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Natural gas fields
dissolved gas
gas field
brine
Dissolved oxygen
natural gas
Bacteria
Iron
well
Microorganisms
bacterium
Water
Iodine
iodide
Iodides
dissolved oxygen
iron
Sand
iodine
microorganism

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geochemistry and Petrology
  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology

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Wakizono, R., Sugai, Y., Sasaki, K., Higuchi, Y., & Muraoka, N. (2011). Investigation of indigenous bacteria in water-dissolved natural gas fields for preventing microbial clogging of injection wells. In Society of Petroleum Engineers - SPE Asia Pacific Oil and Gas Conference and Exhibition 2011 (pp. 1098-1105). (Society of Petroleum Engineers - SPE Asia Pacific Oil and Gas Conference and Exhibition 2011; Vol. 2).

Investigation of indigenous bacteria in water-dissolved natural gas fields for preventing microbial clogging of injection wells. / Wakizono, Ryo; Sugai, Yuichi; Sasaki, Kyuro; Higuchi, Yasunori; Muraoka, Noriyuki.

Society of Petroleum Engineers - SPE Asia Pacific Oil and Gas Conference and Exhibition 2011. 2011. p. 1098-1105 (Society of Petroleum Engineers - SPE Asia Pacific Oil and Gas Conference and Exhibition 2011; Vol. 2).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Wakizono, R, Sugai, Y, Sasaki, K, Higuchi, Y & Muraoka, N 2011, Investigation of indigenous bacteria in water-dissolved natural gas fields for preventing microbial clogging of injection wells. in Society of Petroleum Engineers - SPE Asia Pacific Oil and Gas Conference and Exhibition 2011. Society of Petroleum Engineers - SPE Asia Pacific Oil and Gas Conference and Exhibition 2011, vol. 2, pp. 1098-1105, SPE Asia Pacific Oil and Gas Conference and Exhibition 2011, Jakarta, Indonesia, 9/20/11.
Wakizono R, Sugai Y, Sasaki K, Higuchi Y, Muraoka N. Investigation of indigenous bacteria in water-dissolved natural gas fields for preventing microbial clogging of injection wells. In Society of Petroleum Engineers - SPE Asia Pacific Oil and Gas Conference and Exhibition 2011. 2011. p. 1098-1105. (Society of Petroleum Engineers - SPE Asia Pacific Oil and Gas Conference and Exhibition 2011).
Wakizono, Ryo ; Sugai, Yuichi ; Sasaki, Kyuro ; Higuchi, Yasunori ; Muraoka, Noriyuki. / Investigation of indigenous bacteria in water-dissolved natural gas fields for preventing microbial clogging of injection wells. Society of Petroleum Engineers - SPE Asia Pacific Oil and Gas Conference and Exhibition 2011. 2011. pp. 1098-1105 (Society of Petroleum Engineers - SPE Asia Pacific Oil and Gas Conference and Exhibition 2011).
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