Microbiology and geochemistry of oil, coal and shale gas reservoirs - from laboratory to reservoir scales (co-organized)
Convener: Martin Krüger  | Co-Convener: Hans-Hermann Richnow 
Oral Programme
 / Fri, 07 May, 13:30–15:00  / Room 23
Poster Programme
 / Attendance Fri, 07 May, 15:30–17:00  / Poster Area BG

Since almost 20 years it is known from stable isotope studies that large amounts of biogenic methane are formed in oil and coal reservoirs. The investigation of this degradation process and of the underlying biogeochemical controls are of great economical and social importance due to several reasons: (1) The understanding of reservoir biodegradation is of great use for the exploration industry, (2) a biotechnological stimulation of the methane formation in reservoirs could provide new economical perspectives, (3) the use of microorganisms to enhance oil recovery (MEOR) has proven to be successful. Even under optimal conditions, today not more than 30-40 % of the total oil in a reservoir are actually recovered. The majority remains in a polyphasic mixture with exploration water in the reservoir. The conversion to methane or recovery of at least parts of this non-recoverable oil or coal via an appropriate biotechnological treatment would provide an extensive and ecologically sound energy resource.

Public information: There will also be a Poster Summary & Discussion with short presentations for session BG7.3/ERE3.2 held in room number 37 on Friday, 7 May 2010, 11:00-11:45. (PSD39)
- Identification of microorganisms associated with corrosion of offshore oil production systems by Ketil Sørensen, et al.
- Enhanced methanogenesis from hexadecane and ethylbenzene under non-methanogenic conditions by Michael Siegert, et al.
- Compound-specific carbon isotope analysis of instantaneous gas generated from shaly coal during hydrous pyrolysis by Wen-Yu Tsai, et al.
- Is hydrocarbon seepage from hot subsurface petroleum reservoirs seeding the cold ocean with thermophilic bacteria? Casey Hubert, et al.
- The bamA gene as a functional and phylogenetic marker for aromatic compound degrading anaerobes by Kevin Kuntze, et al.
- SIP goes Proteomics, by Martin von Bergen et al.
Related events: BG7.2 – Methane in marine and terrestrial environments: fluxes, sinks, interactions between element cycles and ecosystems
Oral Programme
 / Fri, 07 May, 10:30–12:00  / Room 23
Poster Programme
 / Attendance Fri, 07 May, 15:30–17:00  / Poster Area BG
ERE3.1 – Biogeochemical and microbiological aspects of Geologic Carbon Capture and Storage
Oral Programme
 / Fri, 07 May, 15:30–17:00  / Room 6
Poster Programme
 / Attendance Fri, 07 May, 13:30–15:00  / Hall XL
PSD39 – BG7.3/ERE3.2
Fri, 07 May, 11:00–11:45  / Room 37