Oilfield bacteria are present everywhere water can be found in the hydrocarbon production process. Unchecked bacteria populations can result in operational issues through the upstream and midstream production environment. Starting at the producing formation itself, bacteria introduced into the formation during drilling, completion, or flooding can result in the plugging of the formation as well as the wellbore.
Injection wells and drilling can be a quite confusing subject for those who are unfamiliar with oilfield operations. This short application spotlight is intended to provide readers with a brief overview of the terminology and processes associated with this subject.