Lowly bacteria are being put to work in the hunt for oil and gas. It is a new use for geomicrobiology which is the field of research into the interaction between microorganisms and earth materials such as sediment, minerals, rocks, water, and many other features of our planet. It is also the basis for a Genome Atlantic and Genome Alberta project on de-risking offshore oil and gas exploration
Researchers from Nova Scotia and the University of Calgary are collecting core samples from the bottom of the ocean, then using genomics analysis to identify the presence of marine bacteria found around hydrocarbon deposts. Using that information in conjunction with more traditional geoscience maps and data, it will help pinpoint areas for further exploration.
The $4.9 million, three year GAPP
project was originally announced in 2016 and the collection of data and analysis is well underway with promising results. The lead Centre in the project is Genome Atlantic and they are documenting the work with the help of production company Journeyman and we have a trailer for you that will give you some insight into the unlikely convergence of genomics and geoscience.
Genome Atlantic - Reducing the Risk from Genome Atlantic on Vimeo.