Project Profile

Project Title Biotechnological interventions for viscosity reduction of petroleum hydrocarbon
Project Code 2014MB02
Project Status Ongoing
Start Date September 2014
Sponsor(s) Department of Biotechnology
Division Environmental and Industrial Biotechnology

Reserves of conventional crude oil are being severely depleted, thus there is a growing interest in utilizing the vast reserves of unconventional oils. Upgradation of heavy oil by chemical process demands extreme conditions. Therefore, less energy extensive as well as cost effective process is needed. This study will provide basic framework for upgradation of heavy oil by use of microbes for viscosity reduction.