A portable, automated water laboratory platform for monitoring biocorrosion and gas souring is slated for development following an agreement between Gas Technology Institute and Spyglass Biosecurity Inc.

The two organizations plan to leverage expertise — genetic-based quantification methods developed by GTI and portable sampling and analytical instruments from Spyglass — to develop a system to provide rapid, actionable data about the presence of potentially harmful microorganisms in water used for petroleum resource production. The platform also will offer other onboard sensing functions to measure the chemical and biological composition of water samples.

Recycling and reusing water will be essential for effectively scaling gas production. “As a company founded on technology to understand aquatic environments and preserve public health, we are excited about the opportunity to help the U.S. capitalize on its natural gas resources while gaining a more complete understanding of impacts on its water resources,” says Chris Melançon, CEO at Spyglass. “Beyond the energy industry, these solutions can be applied to a wide range of industrial and municipal

“For years, GTI researchers have been working to develop very accurate genetic-based quantification methods such as qPCR [quantitative polymerase chain reaction] to address the challenges of microbially influenced corrosion [MIC],” says Kristine Wiley, senior scientist in the infrastructure sector of GTI. “This is an opportunity for more effective monitoring and control of corrosion-causing microbes that can damage production and transmission operations in the oil and gas industry.”