Fingerprinting bacteria DNA in crude oil for reservoir characterization

A. Hayatdavoudi, N. Chegenizadeh, A. Chistoserdov, F. Boukadi, R. Bajpai

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In the early 1980s, while the authors of the original paper were reassessing some old grayel-pack sands from a well, some sludge was noticed in the samples. The sludge had plugged formation and the gravel-pack pores. The permeability was so low that the owner of the oil property considered abandoning the well and consequently stopped all workover measures, concluding that there was no more oil left in the reservoir. The scenario suggested the existence of bacteria in the oil. In the current study, a novel, sensitive technique for bacterial deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) fingerprinting is implemented.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)76-81
Number of pages6
JournalJPT, Journal of Petroleum Technology
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1 2014
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Fuel Technology
  • Industrial relations
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Strategy and Management


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