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Microbes are everywhere. They can be found in drilling mud, stimulation fluids, produced water, proppant, finished fuels, the reservoir. In some instances, microbes can be useful such as within enhanced oil recovery (MEOR), paraffin degradation and bioremediation. In other instances, microbes are harmful, causing souring, corrosion (MIC) and biofouling. Driven by survival, all microbes need to grow is water and food.
The first step in mitigating microbial growth is to assess the levels of microbes. Start by measuring systems that are not experiencing microbial issues. Trending well performing systems allows you to understand what your normal is. When conditions change from your established normal, you can adjust before there are negative outcomes.

It’s all about measuring change. You can’t measure change if you don’t have a baseline (an original measurement to make your comparison to). If you’re looking to lose weight, you need to know what you weigh and fluctuations within a normal day/week. How else would you know if you made improvements? Create a measurement for success based on the conditions you want to replicate.

GOAL: Target the problem with the data.

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Mitigate Microbial Contamination

Wherever there is water there are microbes. The name of the game is control mitigating the risk of fouling, souring and corrosion. Our team of technical experts, including molecular microbiologists, are here to support you. We offer immediate on-site or in the lab sample evaluation and testing. Our Technical Consulting Services include:

Whole System AnalysisFind the source of microbial issues by having our experts assess your entire system using the proper testing kits and protocols.
Hydraulic Fracturing FluidScreen source waters, evaluate on-site biocide treatments, or complete post-frac evaluations to ensure biocide efficacy after wells come on production.
Pipeline IntegrityConduct a baseline assessment of gathering systems for use in mitigation strategies or compliance documentation, and schedule regular field testing.
Coupon or Bioprobe TestingIncrease data relevancy by having OSP experts test coupons or probes as they are pulled using LifeCheck ATP or DNA.
Failure Site AnalysisPerform microbial analyses of failure sites prior to submitting for metallurgical testing.
Injection WellsOptimize injection pressures and volumes by identifying microbial issues.
Treatment EvaluationsEvaluate any treatment program for effectiveness with accurate measurements on-site throughout the life of your microbial control strategy.
Biocide Selection StudySubmit samples to OSP’s Technical Centre for comparison studies to determine the best biocide for your microbial control strategy.

Are you looking for answers to these Frequently Asked Questions?

Why is source water selection important? Water is water, right?
If you were thirsty and I hand you a glass of water, you would be pretty sick if I gave you ‘fresh water’ from my septic field rather than ‘fresh water’ from my tap; the same goes for your well. Although we don’t always get to choose water with zero microbes for our frac, that doesn’t mean we need to (or should) blindly accept using ‘what’s available.’ Every water is different and has a different microbial community. Two waters could have the exact same number of microbes: one source has all harmless, non-threatening microbes, and the other has all microbes capable of well-souring. Ideally, given the choice, you wouldn’t frac with the souring-related microbes (sewage) and would choose the harmless microbes (tap water), but at least by knowing the microbial threats in each source you can adjust your biocide treatment program accordingly.
Pay for it now, or pay for it later. Why should I care?
It’s a game of chance in that the outcome cannot be predicted with absolute certainty. Let’s look at completions treatment programs. If you decide to be cheap upfront cutting corners in your frac chemical program to skim under your AFE, the downstream cost may far outweigh any perceived savings made upfront. Garbage in equals garbage out, so leave the game of chance to the roulette wheel. Pay for it now.
If you were given the choice to receive one million dollars in one month or a penny doubled every day for 30 days, which one would you choose?
Ignoring the power of compound interest, it is easy to get caught up in the initial amount of a $1,000,000. If you look at this from the perspective of an Operator, the enticement of switching over to low-cost frac chemistries elicits a similar response, caught up in the initial savings that add to the economics of the well. It’s a bit of a smoke and mirrors game though. The cost impact is exponential when suddenly the water you were recycling within your frac must be disposed of due to the compounding contamination resulting from inefficient chemistries. Punch line: the biggest gains and returns aren’t always immediate. Commit to the right data-driven biocide program and pay for it now.

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