Oil & Gas

Oil & Gas


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Water is an integral part of the oil and gas production processes. Whether as a medium used for development, such as in the oil sands or hydraulic fracturing fluids, or as part of the regular production of oil and or gas, water produced by and used by the oil and gas industry always results in contaminated water, contains various bacteria and other adulterants. In Texas alone, over six hundred billion gallons of water are wasted each year by the oil and gas industry. An initial drilling operation may consume up to 600,000 gallons of fracking fluids (water), and over its lifetime an average well could require up to an additional 5 million gallons of water. Just in the Eagle Ford Shale region of Texas alone, in just over a two-year period (between January 2011 and May 2013), oil and gas production operations used approximately 19 billion gallons of water. And this in a state that has experienced moderate to severe drought for the better part of half of a decade.

Consider, for a moment, what the beneficial impact of significant water reclamation of the wasted 600 billion gallons a year would be to a state or region such as Texas, with a total population of about 26 and a half million and a total water consumption of around 84 gallons per person. That results in about two billion gallons used a day, statewide. Over a year, the residential water usage in Texas is about 700 billion gallons. What impact on a drought-stricken region would result from allowing the water utilities to reclaim and retain nearly all of the water used by residential Texans in a given year by proper mediation of oil and gas wells using the Biotrack?

The Biotrack system allows for rapid and continuous monitoring of the microbial composition of water within this industry, thus providing an unprecedented process control tool. By means of the Biotrack, an excellent insight in the microbiology of your water sources is obtained, allowing effective biomonitoring and timely remediation, thus avoiding high cost and environmental risks. The Biotrack system’s use herein creates a huge proactive and reactive opportunity for savings through knowledgeable intervention.

Microbiological contamination is often hard to detect, but it causes many challenges for the industry, such as bio-corrosion and acidification of wells. Slime production, and the resulting clogging of bore holes, is another challenge faced by operators or well servicing companies. The cost to drill and equip an average oil well is around $450,000. Clogged bore holes, due to slime, and corrosion of the equipment due to bacteria can, and most often does, result in the total scrapping of a well. At $450,000 per well, that cost is a significant one to the well operator.

During well completion, well stimulation, or regular production, the Biotrack provides rapid and reliable microbiological results. Not only the usual bacteriological contaminants such as SRB, IRB, and APB are monitored, but also, on user request, specific bacteria can be detected by the Biotrack system. Both onsite monitoring or laboratory-based analytical procedures are served with the Biotrack, allowing for a fast and more in-depth understanding of the microbiological status of water coming from or pumped into boreholes and wells.

Simply put, Biotrack systems allow the oil and gas industry to extend well life, reduce operational cost, and lower the environmental footprint significantly.

The Biotrack system is recognized for a multitude of applications:

  • Biomonitoring using an Biotrack unit during well completion
  • Efficacy monitoring for every possible disinfectant potentially applied to casual problem solving
  • Tailored advice on the treatment of specific water sources prior to use
  • On-site bio-monitoring using a mobile Biotrack unit
  • Rapid bio monitoring of produced and flowback water for process control purposes
  • Wireless recordkeeping
  • Wireless remote monitoring of data from field locations to corporate for no-delay notification of results