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Paraffin Control Using
Bio-Klean Bacteria Treatments

Bio-Klean bacteria are a proprietary nonpathogenic bacteria formulation. It is a specialized combination of bacteria derived from the families of bacteria known to degrade petroleum constituents. Bio-Klean bacteria treatments increase oil production by approximately 35% to 100%. They remove particulates and organic and inorganic precipitates from wellbores and the surrounding formation, thereby restoring permeability and improving the economics of producing and increasing production of older wells that might otherwise be abandoned.

Microbial Amendments

Favorable changes in flow characteristics such as reduced viscosity and increased volatiles are an aspect of bacterial treatment that can yield more oil. Bio-Klean bacteria treatments for the control of scale and corrosion employ several substances of microbial metabolism that have chelating, anti-precipitation, filming, or bio-surfactant activities. Our bacteria offer the same properties, but not the liabilities of conventional chemical products used as scale and corrosion inhibitors. By using the appropriate microbial amendments, water flood operations can achieve increased effectivity of reduced pressures. Microbes also offer vast potential for improved sweep efficiency as they mobilize residual oil while traveling through the reservoir.

Paraffin Mixtures

Crude oil that contains paraffin mixtures (waxy hydrocarbon mixtures) will thicken and solidify the crude at a specific temperature called the "cloud" point. Oil field operators usually halt pumping intermittently to clean out paraffin-clogged lines with a device that flushes heated oil down a hole to melt the paraffin. If the well is not regularly treated with hot oil, sucker rods may stick and/or break. Also, it may damage or fill the porosity that the hot oiling is trying to open. Both halting pumping and hot oiling are expensive and result in decreased oil production.