From Appalachia to the Permian, bio-based product firm expanding

By Luke Geiver | July 02, 2018

A production optimization company that started in the Appalachian Basin has opened a new facility in Midland. Locus Bio-Energy is bringing its unique bacteria-based approach to paraffin dispersal and EOR to the Permian to help producers with increased production. The company uses non-toxic customized treatments to help remove and disperse the build-up of paraffin in production infrastructure.

“No two wells are the same, and every basin has its own characteristics and challenges—making it very difficult to effectively use a standard product across all regions,” said Karthik Karathur, president of Locus. “Producing treatments at local fermentation centers allows us to deliver more potent solutions directly to the well that are customized to the specific needs of that area.”

According to the company, while microorganism-based products are not a new concept, the local production method has drastically improved availability, potency, efficacy and customization options. In Ohio, Locus used its products in hundreds of vertical and horizontal wells. The company also said that its AssurEOR FLOW paraffin dispersal product is a maintenance product that can also increase production by an average of 50 percent.

The facility in Midland will serve Permian producers out of a 4,700-square foot facility that will ferment organisms to work in the oilfield. Operator interest was so strong following initial conversations that Locus said it is already planning to build a second facility. “The intensity of interest speaks to the efficacy of our technology, and how industry standards are beginning to shift,” Karathur said. “Safe, green products based on food-grade ingredients are the future of the oil business.”

The paraffin dispersal product works through emulsification and the use of a bio-solvent generated through fermentation. Bio-surfactants penetrate the paraffin build-up and increase the area for which bio-solvents can treat. Biofilms or corrosion is not an issue, according to the company.

To view a video of the process, click here.