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Innovation

  • Focus on risk reduction in exploration activities, increasing recovery factor from reservoirs and developing technologies for reservoirs with harsh conditions
  • Development of biopolymer Schizophyllan for more effective oil recovery

Schizophyllan

Biopolymer that enables increased crude oil production

Value for BASF

Up to

 

10%

Higher oil recovery factor

from reservoirs

Value for the environment

100%

Biodegradable

Value for BASF

In the production of crude oil, water is often injected into reservoirs to improve extraction. Water thickened with Schizophyllan can displace more crude oil, increasing the recovery factor from a deposit by up to 10%. Although Schizophyllan is biodegradable, our laboratory trials have also shown it to be extremely resistant to salt and heat.


Value for the environment

Schizophyllan, which is produced by a fungus, is fully biodegradable. We are currently testing the biopolymer in a pilot project in a deposit with a depth of approximately 1,300 meters.

Our research and development activities focus on reducing risks in exploration activities, increasing the recovery factor from reservoirs and developing technologies for reservoirs with harsh development and production conditions.

We have, for example, developed a biopolymer called Schizophyllan, which can increase a reservoir’s recovery factor by up to 10%. Water thickened with Schizophyllan can be injected into the reservoir, bringing more oil to the surface as it can no longer easily bypass the natural resources. We are currently testing the biopolymer – produced by the fungus Schizophyllum commune – in a pilot project.