Experiencing These Challenges? Here's why.
The mechanisms of corrosion are not always well understood, but microbially influenced corrosion (MIC) is undeniably a significant contributor. Once a biofilm community has become established, microorganisms within the community degrade process equipment and compromise their integrity. A rigorous control program supported by effective monitoring tools such as 2nd Generation ATP monitoring enable superior control to prevent biofilm formation and reduce the risk of MIC.
Uncontrolled biological growth downhole typically results in the proliferation of Sulfate Reducing Bacteria (SRB) which produce poisonous and corrosive H2S. In addition, this can result in soured product within the formation and in the worst case, can even seal off the gas formation. The cost implications of this can be catastrophic, so a holistic monitoring program including 2nd Generation ATP monitoring can serve as the ideal first line of defense for biological control to prevent such issues.
An oilfield operation with ineffective biological control will inevitably result in biological fouling of the formation and associated process equipment, which causes a host of problems. As biofilm forms, flow will be impeded and if it goes on for long enough, fouling will become so significant that the formation and/or equipment can plug. This risk can be minimized through LuminUltra’s 2nd Generation ATP monitoring to ensure that biocide programs are effective in suppressing growth and product keeps flowing.
Traditional microbiological methods for oilfield samples tend to be time-consuming to acquire results, may not be effective to quantify the overall risk, or both. Rather than spending several days to acquire critical data, LuminUltra’s products can serve as the ideal tool to provide rapid feedback and guide mitigation activities on-site and on-the-spot.
How can 2nd Generation ATP® monitoring help to mitigate these challenges?
The real-time, accurate quantification of total bioburden provided by LuminUltra’s solutions afford your team with the ability to pinpoint the problem area within a system, apply treatment, and quantify the efficacy of this treatment within a matter of hours compared to days or weeks with traditional methods.
Microbiological threats are best addressed in their early stages of growth. By making LuminUltra part of your overall solution, biological growth can be minimized at all key points in order to pre-emptively avoid biofilm formation and the serious problems that arise from it.
Using LuminUltra’s solutions as a means to characterize the overall threat offers the ability to mitigate threats in near real-time, while follow-up tests involving specific culture methods can be performed to validate control mechanisms and guard against specific microbiological threats such as sulfate reducing bacteria (SRB).
How can you realize immediate cost savings?
Consequences of microbiological contamination in the oil & gas industry can be disastrous, and so having access to a direct and real-time indication of the biological threat has tremendous value. By reducing test turn-around time from days or weeks to mere minutes, field technicians are able to address and validate solutions immediately while onsite. Through its ability to optimize chemical treatment to achieve optimal biological control as well as preventing more serious problems, users realize an immediate return on investment.
What is the return on investment?
Considering that costs associated with microbially influenced corrosion (MIC) can amount to millions of dollars per year in equipment and infrastructure losses, an enhanced control program propped up by 2nd Generation ATP monitoring can pay for itself almost immediately.
In general, you will achieve a payback period for the first year of at least 6 months and as short as 2 weeks for each year thereafter. Our customers have consistently achieved these results and other benefits including the mitigation of well plugging, well souring, and equipment corrosion, among other advantages.
Application Note: Usage Guidelines for Upstream Oil & Gas Sector
This document introduces the fundamental issues relating to microbiological control in oilfield applications and how 2nd Generation ATP monitoring can help.
Recommended Test Kit
Quench-Gone Organic Modified (QGO-M™)
Using a single analysis, Quench–Gone Organic Modified (QGO-M) provides a rapid and interference–free determination of total microbiological concentration in any filterable organic fluid or organic-water mixture. Use this test kit to quantify total bioburden in organics–laden samples for rapid assessment of contamination and in conjunction with additional analyses for a complete process microbiological profile.
The QGO-M test kit is designed for testing Low-Solids Organic and/or Water Mixtures:
- Oilfield Applications
- Fuel & Associated Water
- Metalworking Fluids & Lubricants
- Oily Brines
We have finally gained control of microbial growth in our system with LuminUltra’s ATP monitoring products and haven’t had any problems since we started using them.