Introduction To Petroleum Biotechnology by James G. Speight

Introduction To Petroleum Biotechnology

byJames G. Speight, Nour Shafik El-gendy

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Introduction to Petroleum Biotechnologyintroduces the petroleum engineer to biotechnology, bringing together the various biotechnology methods that are applied to recovery, refining and remediation in the uses of petroleum and petroleum products.

A significant amount of petroleum is undiscoverable in reservoirs today using conventional and secondary methods. This reference explains how microbial enhanced oil recovery is aiding to produce more economical and environmentally-friendly metabolic events that lead to improved oil recovery. Meanwhile, in the downstream side of the industry, petroleum refining operators are facing the highest levels of environmental regulations while struggling to process more of the heavier crude oils since conventional physical and chemical refining techniques may not be applicable to heavier crudes.

This reference proposes to the engineer and refining manager the concepts of bio-refining applications to not only render heavier crudes as lighter crudes through microbial degradation, but also through biodenitrogenation, biodemetallization and biodesulfurization, making more petroleum derivatives purified and upgraded without the release of more pollutants.

Equipped for both upstream and downstream to learn the basics, this book is a necessary primer for today's petroleum engineer.



  • Presents the fundamentals behind petroleum biotechnology for both upstream and downstream oil and gas operations
  • Provides the latest technology in reservoir recovery using microbial enhanced oil recovery methods
  • Helps readers gain insight into the current and future application of using biotechnology as a refining and fuel blending method for heavy oil and tar sands

About The Author

James G. Speight is a senior fuel consultant as well as an Adjunct Professor of Chemical and Fuels Engineering at the University of Utah, USA. He is recognized internationally as an expert in the characterization, properties, and processing of conventional and synthetic fuels and as a chemist with more than 35 years of experience in th...
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Title:Introduction To Petroleum BiotechnologyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:432 pages, 8.75 × 6.35 × 0.68 inPublished:November 1, 2017Publisher:Gulf Professional PublishingLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0128051515

ISBN - 13:9780128051511

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Table of Contents

1. Petroleum Composition and Properties
2. Refinery Products and By-Products
3. Introduction to Petroleum Biotechnology
4. Biorecovery of Crude Oil
5. Biorefining of Crude Oil
6. Biodegradation
7. The Future of Petroleum Biotechnology