1st Edition

Petroleum Microbiology The Role of Microorganisms in the Transition to Net Zero Energy

    256 Pages 61 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    In the oil and gas industry, technologies have been developed to address microbial-related issues such as oil field souring, microbiologically influenced corrosion, biofouling, and targeted measures for risk assessment and mitigation. Microorganisms have also benefited the oil sector through microbial-enhanced oil recovery and bioremediation of petroleum-contaminated environments. However, during the current transitional phase in the oil and gas industry, the role of the microbiome within the current infrastructure and its potential impact on future systems remains an open question. Petroleum Microbiology: The Role of Microorganisms in the Transition to Net Zero Energy explores technological advances in applied microbiology in the oil and gas sector that can be utilized in its transition to renewable energy systems.

     • Provides insights on the potential of applying microbiological techniques in oil systems to pave the way to achieving net-zero energy.

    • Presents the major industrial problems caused by microbes and their beneficial activities from both fundamental and applied perspectives.

    • Covers such technologies as next-generation sequencing, sampling, and diagnostics.

    • Offers a solid foundation on the importance of microbes to key aspects of the energy industry.

    • Seeks to answer the question: what role will microorganisms play in the evolution of energy systems?

    Featuring chapters from interdisciplinary experts spanning academia and industry, this is an excellent reference for microbial ecologists, molecular biologists, operators, engineers, chemists, and academics involved in the oil and gas sector, working toward energy transition.

    The Open Access version of this book, available at http://www.taylorfrancis.com, has been made available under a Creative Commons [Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives (CC-BY-NC-ND)] 4.0 license.

    Section 1- Introduction

    Chapter 1. Petroleum microbiology’s metamorphosis: expert insights on the energy transition
    Biwen Annie An Stepec, Ken Wunch, Torben Lund Skovhus, Julia R. de Rezende, Markus Pichler, Susmitha Purnima Kotu, Sarah Gasda, & Nicole Dopffel

    Section 2- Microbial Ecology of Energy Systems

    Chapter 2. Impact of Microbial Biofilms on Subsurface Energy Systems: From Oil and Gas to Renewable Energy
    Na Liu, Nicole Dopffel, & Biwen Annie An Stepec

    Chapter 3. Microbial Control and Sustainability: Can Managing Microorganisms Improve the Environmental Footprint of Oil and Gas Operations?
    Renato M. De Paula, Charles D. Armstrong, & Carla N. Thomas

    Section 3- Microbiologically Influenced Corrosion (MIC) and Souring

    Chapter 4. Effects of High Salinity PWRI Practice on Sulfidogenesis and Microbially-Influenced Corrosion
    Mohammed Sindi, Xiangyang Zhu, Beate Christgen, Angela Sherry, Neil Gray, & Ian Head

    Chapter 5. Metagenomic and Metabolomic Analysis of Microbiologically Influenced Corrosion of Carbon Steel in Produced Water
    Susmitha Purnima Kotu, Fang Yang, Cory Klemashevich, M. Sam Mannan & Arul Jayaraman

    Section 4 - Subsurface Reservoir Microbiome and Hydrocarbon Degradation

    Chapter 6. The Ecological Interactions of Microbial Co-occurrence in Oil Degradation: The Intra- and Interspecies Relationships in Hydrocarbon Metabolism
    Luciano Procópio

    Section 5 - Microbial Based Emerging Technologies in Energy Systems

    Chapter 7. Improved MIC Management Using Multiple Lines of Evidence Drives Movement toward Sustainability: A Case Study in Heavy Oil Production
    Susmitha Purnima Kotu, Richard B. Eckert, Clara Di Iorio, & Mary Eid

    Chapter 8. Halophyte-based Biocides for Mitigation of Microbiologically Influenced Corrosion (MIC) in Industrial Water Systems
    Jakob Lykke Stein, Tanmay Chaturvedi, Torben L. Skovhus, & Mette H. Thomsen

    Chapter 9. Response of a Model Microbiologically Influenced Corrosion Community to Biocide Challenge
    Damon Brown & Raymond J. Turner

    Section 6 - Future Perspectives on Microorganisms in the Energy Transition

    Chapter 10. Future Perspectives: Where Do We Go from Here?
    Andrea Koerdt, Jerzy Samojluk, & Biwen Annie An Stepec


    Biwen Annie An Stepec (formerly An), PhD, holds the position of Senior Researcher at Norwegian Research Centre (NORCE) in Bergen, Norway.

    Ken Wunch, PhD, holds the position of Energy Technology Fellow at Lanxess in Houston responsible for business development, technology transfer, and shaping the innovation pipeline and strategy for global oil and gas applications.

    Torben Lund Skovhus, PhD, is Docent and Project Manager at VIA University College in the Research Centre for Built Environment, Climate, Water Technology and Digitalisation.