EI LIVE | Reservoir Microbiology Forum (RMF) 2021


10/11/2021 - 11/11/2021


Non-Member: £270.00 (excl. VAT)
Member: £170.00 (excl. VAT)

10 - 11 November 2021: virtual conference

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.


Day 1 – Wednesday 10 November
  • 14.00 Welcome from the RMF Organising Committee and housekeeping notes
    Dr. Laura Machuca Suarez, Associate Professor, Curtin University, Australia
  • 14.10 Keynote: The GeoBioCell: a microfluidic testbed window into the ecology and metabolism of subsurface oilfield microbes
    Professor Bruce Fouke, Director, Roy J. Carver Biotechnology Center, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Session 1 - Subsurface Microbiology

  • 14.38 Session introduction
    Dr Ian Head, Newcastle University
  • 14.40 Adaptation and persistence of a low diversity microbiome in a highly saline oil reservoir
    Gabrielle Scheffer, PhD student, Under the supervision of Dr. Casey Hubert, Biological Sciences, University of Calgary
  • 15.05 Evaluation of sulphur oxidising ability of bacteria isolated from subsurface and surface soil samples
    Debora Ohanete, Programs Manager, Motivar
  • 15.30 Subsurface microbiome transformation induced by carbon dioxide and hydrogen storage
    Dr Moein Jahanbani Veshareh, Postdoc, Technical University of Denmark
15.55 Networking break

Session 2: Microbially Influenced Corrosion

Chair: Dr Tony Mitchell, Specialist, Production Technology, Equinor
  • 16.10 Effect of mono-ethylene glycol on microbial growth and microbiologically influenced corrosion of carbon steel
    Dr Silvia Salgar Chaparro, Research Associate, Curtin University
  • 16.35 Propagation of corrosive microbes through the pipelines of various systems in a gas-oil separation plant
    Mohammed Al Otaibi, Saudi Aramco

Session 3: Microbial Aspects of Water Management

Chair: Dr Tony Mitchell, Specialist, Production Technology, Equinor
  • 17.00 Microbial quality assessment for reuse of treated sewage effluent in oil and gas industry
    Dr Sarah Aqeel, Sr. Lab scientist, Saudi Aramco
  • 17.25 Microbial investigation for oil industry gosps and water supply wells
    Abdulmohsen Alhumam, Saudi Aramco
17.50 Networking break

18.05 Poster presentations
Chair: Dr Lisa Gieg, Associate Professor, University of Calgary
  • Co-occurrence networks for the identification of new MIC biomarkers
    Friso Postma, MIC specialist, Microbial Analysis and Matthijs de Koning, Microbiology Specialist, Microbial Analysis
  • Challenges in identification of microbial implications in corrosion processes in Saudi Aramco facilities
    Razan Alharthi, Lab Scientist, Saudi Aramco
  • Microbial influence corrosion analysis of scraped samples from different crude oil pipelines
    Dr Aisha Alwuhaib, Lab scientist, Saudi Aramco
18.20 Panel session
Chairs: Dr Tony Mitchell, Specialist, Production Technology, Equinor and Dr Lisa Gieg, Associate Professor, University of Calgary

18.50 Closing remarks
Chair: Dr Lisa Gieg, Associate Professor, University of Calgary

18.55 Virtual social event

19.25 End of day 1

Day 2 – Thursday 11 November
  • 14.00 Welcome remarks
    Dr Kenneth Wunch, Energy Technology Advisor, IFF
  • 14.05 Keynote: Title to be confirmed
    Dr Bart Lomans, Shell Global Solutions International

Session 4: Reservoir Souring

Chair: Dr Kenneth Wunch, Energy Technology Advisor, IFF
  • 14.35 Insight on the interplay between souring and scaling in hydrocarbon reservoirs
    Ali Mahmoodi, PhD student, Danish Hydrocarbon Research and Technology Centre (DHRTC)
  • 15.00 Corrosive potential: A comparison of commonly used fracturing chemicals and their ability to stimulate biogenic sulfide production
    Lisa Cliffe, PhD student, The University of Manchester
  • 15.25 Teasing apart inconsistencies between the perceived relationship of sulphate-reducer abundance and H2S concentration from North Sea oil wells
    Dr Lloyd Potts, Senior Microbiologist, Intertek
15.50 Break and poster viewing

Session 5: Microbial Mitigation

Chair: Dr Paul Evans, Consultant Research Scientist, Chevron Technical Center
  • 16.05 Long-term biocide efficacy and its effect on a souring microbial community
    Dr Julia R. de Rezende, Assistant Professor, Heriot-Watt University
  • 16.30 Souring remediation with novel inhibitors of sulfate-reducing prokaryotes
    Nora Eibergen, R&D Platform Leader for Energy, IFF Microbial Control
  • 16.55 Novel, eco-friendly multifunctional organic inhibitors against microbiologically influenced corrosion
    Benjamin Tuck, PhD Student, Curtin Corrosion Centre
17.20 Networking break
Chair: Dr Bart Lomans, Shell Global Solutions International
  • 17.35 Development of a customized biocidal product for North Sea field
    Dr Alsu Valiakhmetova, Technical Application Specialist, IFF Microbial Control
18.00 Poster Presentations
Chairs: Dr Bart Lomans, Shell Global Solutions International and Dr Ian Head, Newcastle University
  • Drilling fluids on-site microbial monitoring and mitigation
    Abdulmohsen Alhumam, Saudi Aramco
  • Microbial Influenced Corrosion Analysis of Scraped Samples from Different Crude Oil Pipelines
    Aisha Al-Wuhaib
    , Lab scientist, Saudi Aramco
18.10 Panel session

18.40 Summary and closing remarks

18.50 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 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 online format will provide plenty of opportunities to interact with speakers and delegates, provide question and answer sessions, and access to written materials.

'Thank you so very much for all of the incredible work that (goes into) the RMF meeting. Simply excellent in every way, and what a cutting-edge and dynamic group of participants…wow!!!!' - Professor Bruce Fouke, Director, Roy J. Carver Biotechnology Center, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

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, NCIMB
  • Dr Kenneth Wunch, IFF
  • Professor Ian M. Head, Newcastle University
  • Dr Lisa Gieg, University of Calgary
  • Dr Paul Evans, Chevron
  • Dr. Laura Machuca Suarez, Curtin Corrosion Centre


Members and non-members can book online - for all other rates please email fferrari@energyinst.org for the promo code needed to book your place.

Members - £170 + VAT
Non-members - £270 + VAT
Company members - £225 + VAT
Students - £65 + VAT
Affiliate Member - £120 + VAT
Academic institution - £130 + VAT

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Contact details

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