Value of Effective Microbial Control in Hydraulic Fracturing Operations

When: 2/27/2018 - 11:30 AM - 2/27/2018 - 12:30 PM

Location: Brookhaven College Geological Institute


Bacteria will grow anywhere water can be found. Due to the large volume of water used during unconventional well completions, hydraulic fracturing operations provide ideal environments for rapid microbial proliferation and contamination – causing problems such as biofouling, microbially influenced corrosion (MIC), and souring. Microbial control programs are necessary to optimize unconventional oil and gas production in order to maintain the quality and quantity of production, asset integrity, and the overall safety of operations. To maximize microbial control efficacy, the correct biocide chemistries and technologies need to be appropriately selected and applied to provide sufficient antimicrobial performance during the different phases of the operation from top-side injection water preparation to decontamination of the well and protection of the formation. Join Jon Raymond (Technical Support Specialist, Dow Microbial Control) as he discusses the value of an effective microbial control program in hydraulic fracturing operations.

During this 45 minute technical presentation, Jon will discuss:

  • Factors that allow the proliferation of microorganisms during the hydraulic fracturing process
  • Problems associated with uncontrolled microbial growth
  • Overview of various types of antimicrobial chemistries used in oil and gas exploration and production
  • How to select the appropriate biocide(s) for hydraulic fracturing operations