For decades, petroleum-based surfactants and chemicals have dominated maintenance and well stimulation treatments to facilitate the recovery of hydrocarbons. Most production-related chemicals (e.g., flowback aids, emulsion breakers and corrosion, paraffin/wax and asphaltene inhibitors) rely on these surface-active chemicals for their effectiveness. Surfactants reduce interfacial tension and change wettability, making them essential additives for drilling, completions and production chemistry markets as flowback aids, paraffin dispersants and stimulation chemicals to mobilize residual, immobile oil from conventional and unconventional reservoirs.

Superior Environmental Profile

  • • Zero impact on water

  • • Zero impact on soil

  • • Zero impact to marine species

  • • Biodegradable and non-toxic

Low Dosage Rates

BERO™ are typically injected at low dosage rates into the reservoir in controlled cyclic imbibition, where a biosurfactant is pumped into the well, allowed to soak for a few days and then allowed to flow back. The action of the biosurfactant changes the wettability of the reservoir, reducing the interfacial tension or drag between the oil and reservoir rock to mobilize otherwise immobile oil. Conventional and tight sand reservoir wells treated in a variety of basins have shown oil production increases of over 45% in more than 90% of the treated wells, together with the elimination of flow assurance problems such as paraffin/wax and asphaltene deposition.

Cost Reduction

Despite today’s commodity price level, the industry’s focus has turned to the total cost management of operations and the need to function within a cash flow threshold. Flow assurance and production formulas aim to provide customized treatments that balance performance, environmental risks and requirements for significant cost reduction. With the availability of biosurfactants such as BERO™, the operator no longer must choose between environmentally friendly products and treatments with effective results.  Prime performance plus sustainability can be the norm rather than an alternative.