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Meet Rawwater At The NACE Corrosion Conference & Expo
15th – 19th March 2020, Houston, Texas

We’re bringing our considerable knowledge of oilfield reservoir souring and treatment strategies to the NACE Corrosion Conference & Expo. To arrange in advance to meet a member of our specialist team, email info@rawwater.com.

At our UK-based laboratories, we operate what is widely considered to be the world’s most advanced pressurised bioreactor facility to study microbiological souring, souring control and enhanced oil recovery under a wide range of operating conditions and injection chemistries. We are also developing new bioreactor technologies to replicate the pressures, temperatures and chemistry associated with shale gas extraction.

Our facility is equipped with more than 50 pressurised bioreactors – specially constructed corrosion-resistant columns that are filled with sand, seawater and crude oil, inoculated with oilfield bacteria, and then subjected to the same pressures and temperatures as found in the downhole reservoir environment. Testing pressures range from atmospheric pressure to 12,000psig, with testing temperatures ranging from 5°C to just below the boiling point of water.

To establish if, when, and to what extent an oilfield will sour, data from our pressurised bioreactor studies is entered into DynamicTVS© (TVS = Thermal Viability Shell) our predictive oilfield souring tool. Developed over many years, DynamicTVS© can forecast a reservoir’s propensity to sour in advance of well completion, allowing good time for cost-effective remedial strategies to be put in place.

About our pressurised bioreactor programme

Generating high levels of interest from oil majors and chemical service companies, our pressurised bioreactor research programme commenced in 2006. The programme was instrumental in the birth of the Seriatim series of work into oilfield souring, with $10 million in funding being set aside for us to establish a pressurised bioreactor dataset. To date, we have accrued almost 500 bioreactor years’ worth of oilfield souring data, with information relevant to oil reservoirs across the globe. Our data is truly unique in that it covers the complete range of operating conditions, including accurate chemistries at pressure and temperature.