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Title: Isolating, identifying and evaluating of oil degradation strains for the air-assisted microbial enhanced oil recovery process
Authors: Cheng, Mingming
Yu, Long 
Gao, Jianbo
Lei, Guanglun
Zhang, Zaiwang
Issue Date: 25-Jan-2021
Publisher: Public Library of Science
Citation: Cheng, Mingming, Yu, Long, Gao, Jianbo, Lei, Guanglun, Zhang, Zaiwang (2021-01-25). Isolating, identifying and evaluating of oil degradation strains for the air-assisted microbial enhanced oil recovery process. PLoS ONE 16 (1-Jan) : e0243976. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Rights: Attribution 4.0 International
Abstract: Due to the inefficient reproduction of microorganisms in oxygen-deprived environments of the reservoir, the applications of microbial enhanced oil recovery (MEOR) are restricted. To overcome this problem, a new type of air-assisted MEOR process was investigated. Three compounding oil degradation strains were screened using biochemical experiments. Their performances in bacterial suspensions with different amounts of dissolved oxygen were evaluated. Water flooding, microbial flooding and air-assisted microbial flooding core flow experiments were carried out. Carbon distribution curve of biodegraded oil with different oxygen concentration was determined by chromatographic analysis. The long-chain alkanes are degraded by microorganisms. A simulation model was established to take into account the change in oxygen concentration in the reservoir. The results showed that the optimal dissolved oxygen concentration for microbial growth was 4.5~5.5mg/L. The main oxygen consumption in the reservoir happened in the stationary and declining phases of the microbial growth systems. In order to reduce the oxygen concentration to a safe level, the minimum radius of oxygen consumption was found to be about 145m. These results demonstrate that the air-assisted MEOR process can overcome the shortcomings of traditional microbial flooding techniques. The findings of this study can help for better understanding of microbial enhanced oil recovery and improving the efficiency of microbial oil displacement. Copyright: © 2021 Cheng et al. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Source Title: PLoS ONE
ISSN: 1932-6203
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0243976
Rights: Attribution 4.0 International
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