EI LIVE | Reservoir Microbiology Forum (RMF) 2020


11/11/2020 - 12/11/2020


Student: £65.00 (excl. VAT)
Academic: £130.00 (excl. VAT)
Company member: £225.00 (excl. VAT)
Non-Member: £270.00 (excl. VAT)
Member: £170.00 (excl. VAT)

11 - 12 November 2020: online event

Please note that registration closes at 17:00 on 10 November 2020

This respected forum provides a highly technical programme featuring the latest research and guidance on reservoir microbiology in oil fields, including biodegradation, bioremediation, and applications for oil recovery and enhancement.

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Please note that members and non-members can book online, via the 'book Now' button. For all other rates please download the booking form.

Speakers can attend for free - please email fferrari@energyinst.org to book your place.


Day 1 – Wednesday 11 November
  • 14.05: Welcome from the RMF Organising Committee
    Dr Bart Lomans, Principal Researcher, Shell Global Solutions International BV
Session 1 - Subsurface Microbiology and Processes, and Microbial Control
  • 14.10: Keynote: Tracking microbiome development and function across unconventional shale wells
    Mike Wilkins, Associate Professor, Soil and Crop Sciences, Colorado State University

  • 14.30: Session introduction
    Dr Kenneth Wunch, Energy Technology Advisor, DuPont

  • 14.35: Microbial and geochemistry impact assessment for carbon capture, usage and storage (CCUS) Industry challenges and options for mitigating operational risk
    Matthew Snape, Principal Consultant – Facility Integrity & Oilfield Microbiology, SGS

  • 14.55: Tracking the evolution of microorganisms in Alberta shale operations: implications for microbiologically influenced corrosion (MIC) and natural reservoir pressure
    Mohita Sharma, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Calgary, Department of Biological Sciences

  • 15.15: Effects of downhole biofilm growth on reservoir productivity
    Joseph Moore, Business Applications Specialist, DuPont Microbial Control

  • 15.35: Break and poster viewing
Poster presentations:

Cementing mixed fluids operations and microbial control
Abdulmohsen Al-Humam, Science Specialist, Saudi Aramco

Screening of sophorolipids biosurfactants obtained from Meyerozyma spp. MF138126 for low-salinity EOR processes
Dr Lateef Akanji, Senior lecturer in petroleum engineering, University of Aberdeen

Biocide resistance evolution of corrosion-causing sulphate-reducing-bacteria
Lydia-Yasmin Sobisch, PhD candidate, Federal Institute of Material Research

Cost effective prevention of well failures using big data and novel treatments
Braden Dunsmore, Global Service Delivery Lead, Baker Hughes

  • 16.05: Effects of the anti-adhesive compound zosteric acid against anaerobic and corrosive biofilms
    Dr Nicole Dopffel, Senior Researcher, Norwegian Research Institute, (NORCE)

  • 16.25: The effects of increasing TDS on biocidal efficacies
    Charles David Armstrong, Biocides Technology Manager, Solvay

  • 16.45: Novel Solutions for remediation and control of reservoir souring
  • Dr Hitesh Dave, Oil & Gas R&D Team Leader, DuPont Microbial Control and Dr Hans Carlson, Director, Ogma Scientific

  • 17.05: Panel session: subsurface microbiology, processes, and microbial control

  • 17.30: Closing remarks

  • 17.35: End of day 1
Day 2 – Thursday 12 November

Session 2 – Souring and Corrosion

  • 14.05: Session introduction
    Dr Tony Mitchell, Specialist, Production Technology, Equinor ASA

  • 14.10: Keynote: Numerical modeling of microbial activity in underground hydrogen storages
    Dr Birger Hagemann, Scientist, Clausthal University of Technology

  • 14.30: High salinity and temperature effects on hydrogen sulfide production in injected seawater - produced water (ISW-PW) microcosms
    Mohammed Sindi, PhD Student/Lab Scientist, Newcastle University/Saudi Aramco (R&DC)

  • Microbially influenced corrosion and internal flowcoat biodegradation in dry gas transmission pipelines: A case study
    Dr Krishnaveni Venkidusamy
    , Post-doctoral research fellow, Curtin University

  • 15.10: Break and poster viewing
Poster presentations:

Reaction and adaptation of SRM to repeated glutaraldehyde treatments: a flow-through experiment combining sequencing, PMA stain and qPCR
Xiang Shi, PhD student, Heriot-Watt University

Tropical soil restoration trials after ex-situ smouldering for heavy hydrocarbon remediation
Vincent Gassend, Microbiologist, Total SA
  • 15.40: The underestimated risk of Methanogen-induced microbiologically influenced corrosion (Mi-MIC): The way of testing matters
    Eric Deland, PhD student, Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (BAM)

  • 16.00: Integration of MIC management and risk based inspection activities
    Kathryn Thomas, Materials Engineer, DNV GL

  • 16.20: Aggressive internal corrosion of oil production equipment in presence of deposits and microorganisms
    Laura L. Machuca, Senior Research Fellow, Curtin University

  • 16.40: Gap analysis of failure investigation methods for assessing microbiologically influenced corrosion
    Andre de Araujo Abilio, MIC Engineering Graduate Researcher, MSc Student, University of Alberta

  • 17.00: Panel session: souring and corrosion

  • 17.20: Day 2 closing remarks

  • 17.25: End of day 2

Why attend RMF?

  • Gain new technical knowledge and experience
  • Raise your company's profile and build new partnerships
  • Support the industry by sharing experiences that will benefit future microbial work

Who attends?

As the effects of microbes in the oil recovery are very widespread and versatile, this event will be of interest to all professionals and students working on issues resulting from the detrimental or beneficial impacts of microbes in oil recovery.

Areas of work or research will include:

  • Microbiology and molecular biology
  • Production chemistry and engineering
  • Geochemistry and geophysics
  • Reservoir engineering
  • Material sciences
  • Computer modelling

The informal nature of this event makes it an excellent networking opportunity with delegates from all over the world representing companies, chemical suppliers, research institutes, universities, consultancies and service companies. Students are also encouraged to participate. The new online format will provide plenty of opportunities to interact with speakers and delegates, provide question and answer sessions, and access to written materials.

Join the RMF LinkedIn Group - stay in touch with other delegates and professionals in the industry.

About RMF:

This event is run by the Energy Institute (EI) with the support of a small working group within the EI's Microbiology Committee. The current RMF working group members are:

  • Dr Anthony Mitchell, Equinor
  • Dr Bart Lomans, Shell Global Solutions International
  • Dr Carol Devine MEI, ICR Integrity
  • Dr Kenneth Wunch, DuPont
  • Professor Ian M. Head, Newcastle University
  • Dr Lisa Gieg, University of Calgary
  • Dr Paul Evans, Chevron
  • Dr. Laura Machuca Suarez, Curtin Corrosion Centre

Supporting organisations:

Related course: Microbiologically Influenced Corrosion - Corrosion Management & Failure Analysis

This 2-day course will cover; basic corrosion management principles, basic microbiologically influenced corrosion (MIC) mechanisms, use of molecular microbiological methods (MMM) in diagnosing and managing MIC, selection of MIC mitigation methods, selection and interpretation of MIC monitoring methods, case studies demonstrating MIC diagnostic tools, failure analysis principles, MIC modelling, and demonstrate applicable sampling techniques and equipment.

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Contact details

Francesca Ferrari: fferrari@energyinst.org, +44 (0)20 7467 7192