Hach Biological Activity Reaction Tests (BARTs) Help Maximize Production RatesSource: Hach Company
Analysis of bacteria levels using Hach BARTs provides operators with rapid information about the potential impact of corrosion and bio-fouling that may be taking place as a result of microbial growth in water used to formulate the fracturing fluids. Having access to this critical information allows operators to react quickly to mitigate these harmful effects before they cause severe damage.
Bacteria are everpresent on a well pad and can have detrimental impacts on production rates of natural gas and oil wells. Many of the problems bacteria cause can be categorized under two broad headings: (1) corrosion and (2) bio-fouling.
Hach BARTs are semi-quantitative tests that allow determination of the presence and aggressiveness of certain bacteria in samples. The unique design of BARTs allows the growth of both aerobic and anaerobic bacteria. The procedure is simple enough for even inexperienced users - simply collect a 15 mL sample in the reaction tube, incubate at room temperature, and observe the tube for bacteria growth.