27 Jul '11, 2pm

Can Microbes Extract Oil From the Ground?: Think of Glori Energy as the Hansel and Gretel of enhanced oil reco...

Can Microbes Extract Oil From the Ground?: Think of Glori Energy as the Hansel and Gretel of enhanced oil reco...

Think of Glori Energy as the Hansel and Gretel of enhanced oil recovery. The company, formerly Glorioil, is experimenting with a technique for exploiting microbes and their ravenous appetites to help pull more oil out of existing oil wells. No, petroleum hasn’t suddenly become green, but the technique could help postpone the need to explore for oil in sensitive locations like the Arctic or farther offshore in the Gulf -- or at least make recovery in existing wells more economical than sinking new wells. “Globally, around 60 [percent] to 70 percent of oil in existing wells never gets recovered,” said CEO Stuart Page. And it all starts with a specially prepared buffet. Glori essentially studies the ecosystem and geological structure of an existing well for months. Ecosystems vary from well to well. Glori doesn’t have to identify the individual microbial species inside the we...

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