FAQ

What steps are involved in implementing Transworld’s technology?

Activ8 and ReActiv8 work to energize and sustain living microbes. Through our straightforward field implementation process we:

  • Analyze environmental characteristics and Geochemistry
  • Determine the presence of native microbes
  • Design a formulation that fits the microbial environment
  • Install self-contained injection skid
  • Establish formula injection
  • Monitor post treatment environment

How long can Activ8 improve waterflood performance? And is it repeatable?

Activ8 energizes living communities of native microbes. Field deployments in oil reservoirs have demonstrated increased production for three to four years. A typical mature waterflood retains a large amount of unrecovered oil sufficient to support activated microbial life for decades. With regular treatments Activ8 will continue to improve oil production extending the life of your field. Waterflood operations circulates Activ8 and microbes to broader areas of the reservoir, essentially re-seeding the process throughout the reservoir.

Are Active8 and ReActiv8 effective on “complex” reservoirs?

Yes! Mother Nature didn’t have hydrocarbon recovery in mind when she was shaping underground ecosystems. That’s evident by the fact that most reservoirs are:

  • Discontinuous
  • Complex and fractured
  • Permeability challenged

In the case of oil waterfloods, even the most effective techniques usually fail to free up oil left trapped in hard-to-reach places. Activ8 works well within these complex reservoirs by creating flow diversion and oil mobilization.

In the case of biogenic gas fields, ReActiv8 works to generate new methane gas by stimulating microbes. ReActiv8 energizes microbes to perform more efficiently in generating new methane gas.

Will Activ8 increase H2S production?

Conducting a laboratory rapid assay on field samples determines and measures the presence of H2S. This enables Transworld to quantify precisely the risk of H2S stimulation. If Activ8 causes a significant increase in H2S, then Transworld and the operator will assess the opportunity and relative risks.

Have microbes been used in petroleum production operations before?

Yes, for many years. At Transworld we recognize that many oil and gas professionals have not been trained in biology, nor exposed to its capabilities. However, biology and mechanical operations have been working hand in hand in the oil and gas industry for a long time. For decades oil companies have used microbial treatments to:

  • Cleanup wax built up within wellbores
  • Clear away scales deposited on downhole tubulars and pumps
  • Remediate oil spills

Aquifers and petroleum reservoirs are often teeming with microbial life. Microbes can efficiently perform biochemical conversions, which may possibly aid or harm petroleum operations, depending on the microbial process at work.

Microbes living in oil reservoirs are simultaneously distributed throughout the reservoir, while also being concentrated at oil-water interfaces—which is precisely where they can be most effective in affecting fluid flow and oil recovery.

Transworld’s technology makes it possible to utilize these natural characteristics of native microbes. By distributing dilute nutrients throughout the reservoir, a great number of microbes can be activated and put to work in a way to broadly change conditions that increase oil production rates.

Where can I find more information regarding enhanced recovery?