Drilling & Completions operations associated with hydraulic fracturing introduce microbial contaminants into the reservoir via numerous pathways including drilling muds, completions fluids, and proppants. A proportion of these introduced microbes will establish in the reservoir, potentially leading to:
Increased concentrations of hydrogen sulfide (H2S) during production
Biofouling and microbially influenced corrosion (MIC) of topside and downhole equipment
Reduced flow and production rates of hydrocarbons due to the accumulation of biofilm and resultant loss of conductivity
This webinar will review potential sources of contamination during drilling and hydraulic fracturing along with highlighting the risks of microbial contamination of the reservoir and impact on initial production by providing evidence of the detrimental effects of unmitigated microbial growth. Ultimately, this work will provide recommendations on how to develop a cost-effective biocide program to mitigate risk, maximize production, and deliver high-quality hydrocarbons.