Oilfield Microbiology: The Fundamentals of Targeting, Testing and Treating

Reservoir Production and Operations Completions

Course Description

This course provides a baseline understanding of the role microbes play in oil and gas systems and will cover baseline tools for evaluating completions programs, asset management, corrosion inhibition, water management, pipeline integrity, and reservoir management. Attendees will be introduced to problematic microbes and the effects they have on our systems. Microbial testing technologies will be reviewed to establish shared understanding of key benefits, core uses and strategic data outputs. The final half of the day explores a critical evaluation of how to employ biocides, surveillance and interpretation to mitigate or manage microbial related risks.

Learning Level

Introductory to Intermediate

Course Length

1 Day

Why Attend

This course provides full transparency of the microbial risks and actual impacts to the oil and gas industry. It explores the risk-cost from reservoir to sales, and how one influences the other. Attend this session for a holistic overview of oilfield microbiology in order to make data driven decisions.

Who Attends

This course is intended for participants aware of microbial influence in oil and gas operations who want to expand their knowledge of oilfield microbiology.


0.8 CEUs are offered for this course

Special Requirements

Not applicable

Cancellation Policy

All cancellations must be received no later than 14 days prior to the course start date. Cancellations made after the 14 day window will not be refunded.  Refunds will not be given due to no show situations.

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We reserve the right to substitute course instructors as necessary.

Full regional cancellation policies can be found at the Cancellation Policy page within the SPE Training Course Catalog.


Virginia Wornstaff, Vice President, OSP, oversees the microbial identification and evaluation team, driving the introduction of new microbial testing technology and reporting services in the energy sector. She has nearly 20 years in the industry, 13 of which were with Baker Hughes, conducting upstream risk assessment projects and managing technical teams delivering water treatment initiatives for completions. She has a passion for interpreting innovative developments into digestible learnings that drive decision making for oil and gas stakeholders. She encourages this passion, actively presenting and teaching microbial training courses across North America.