Numerical modelling of the growth of sulfate-reducing bacteria indigenous to an oilfield in Japan

Yuichi Sugai, Yukihiro Owaki, Kyuro Sasaki, Fuminori Kaneko, Takuma Sakai

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We performed kinetic studies of the growth of sulfate-reducing bacteria (SRB) indigenous to the water in an oilfield in Japan. The SRB growth was most active in injection water supplemented with ethanol; therefore, the SRB inhabiting the injection water of the reservoir were assumed to grow predominantly by assimilating sulfate and ethanol and generating H2S. Based on this mechanism and the results of incubation experiments in the injection water, we derived numerical models that calculate the growth rate and H2S generation of the SRB under three variables (temperature, sulfate concentration, and ethanol concentration).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1597-1604
Number of pages8
JournalPetroleum Science and Technology
Issue number19
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2 2018


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Fuel Technology
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology

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