Reservoir Microbiology Forum (RMF) - 20-21 November 2013
19th Reservoir Microbiology Forum 2013 (RMF2013)
Wednesday 20 and Thursday 21 November 2013 Energy Institute, London, UK
Reservoir Microbiology Forum
The Reservoir Microbiology Forum (RMF) is an annual event, usually held over 2 days, which addresses microbiological issues in oil production including Oilfield Reservoir Souring, Microbially Influenced Corrosion (MIC), Microbially Enhanced Oil Recovery (MEOR), Microbial Upgrading, Microbiological Monitoring Methods and Mitigation and Remediation Strategies.
The RMF is run by a small working group within the Energy Institute’s Microbiology Committee. The current RMF organizing committee members are;
- Bart Lomans, Shell E&P
- Jan Larsen, Maersk Oil
- Dr Torben Lund Skovhus, DTI Oil & Gas
- Dr Jan Kuever, Bremen Institute for Materials Testing
- Andy Price, Oil Plus
- Elaine McFarlane, Shell
- Graham Hill, ECHA Microbiology
- Dr Carol Devine, North East Corrosion Engineers Ltd
Reservoir Microbiology Forum History
RMF started in a small way in 1995 when Hilary Lappin-Scott, Catherine Bass (both at The University of Exeter at the time), Stephen Maxwell (Commercial Microbiology Ltd.) and Peter Sanders (Oil Plus Ltd.) got together, lamenting the fact that there wasn’t a forum where scientists, consultants, oilfield operators and chemical vendors could meet to openly discuss reservoir microbiology. The idea was formed to set up an annual forum where the latest ideas on important issues such as reservoir souring, plugging, microbially enhanced oil recovery, downhole corrosion, modelling microbial effects and reservoir biocide treatments could be discussed in an informal setting.
The first meeting in 1996 was a great success and subsequent meetings were held in different venues around the UK: Oil Plus Ltd (Newbury), Commercial Microbiology Ltd (Aberdeen), University of Exeter, Texaco (London), Albright and Wilson -now Rhodia - (Oldbury) and latterly the Energy Institute (London) to name a few.
The concept was to have “hot topic” presentations and discussions without issuing proceedings or minutes, allowing plenty of time for “off the record” conversations. Since 2003 the annual forum has been organised and hosted by the Energy Institute under the guidance of the EI Microbiology Committee. The number of delegates has increased from the original 30 or so to approximately 100 and the RMF is now a well established, more formal, two day annual event, covering all aspects of oilfield microbiology and petroleum biotechnology.
The Energy Institute (EI) is the leading chartered professional membership body for the development and dissemination of knowledge, skills and good practice, working towards a safe, secure and sustainable energy system. EI undertakes a focused technical work programme that comprises original independent research and investigations, technical responses to legislation and regulation to provide the international industry with information and guidance on relevant technical issues. The results of the work are made available through our technical publications at www.energypublishing.org, events and training courses. EI technical staff also facilitate and coordinate UK input into the work of national and international non-EI committees in organisations such as BSI, ISO and CEN.
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