MET Developing an Improved Diffusive Microbial Sampler for USGS

  • The USGS and the Center for Biofilm Engineering (CBE) at Montana State University (MSU) are developing microbial enhanced coal bed methane (MECBM) technology
  • MECBM consists of enhancing the natural processes (methanogenesis) by which microorganisms produce methane or natural gas from coal. The MSU process uses injection of natural amendments to stimulate the indigenous populations of methanogens.
  • MSU personnel had previously developed a simple Diffusive Microbial Sampler (DMS) for deploying down wells into coal bed methane formations for extended periods to obtain microbial cultures
  • MET has been awarded a contract from USGS to develop an Improved DMS and build a prototype unit. This improved version will:
    • Have a controlled environment prior to insertion into a well
    • Have the ability to open and close the sample chamber from the surface
    • Maintain the sample at in situ conditions during retrieval and transport to the laboratory

The USGS’ general coalbed gas web site can be found at this link: http://energy.usgs.gov/OilGas/UnconventionalOilGas/CoalbedGas.aspx

A USGS fact sheet titled “Microbial Production of Natural Gas from Coal and Organic-Rich Shale” can be found at this link: http://pubs.usgs.gov/fs/2012/3109/fs2012-3109.pdf

Please contact Robert Hyatt (406-498-4454, rhyatt@mt-emergent.com) for more information.


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