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From butterfly transects to microbial life: What a transformation!

Ella Mingay, presented with a Rawwater Certificate of AppreciationPlease join us in wishing Ella Mingay, our Junior Project Technician Intern, every success for the future. Leaving Rawwater this week, having completed her placement year in industry with us, Ella will be returning to The University of Manchester in September for the final year of her Biology degree.

During her time at Rawwater, Ella has assisted our senior microbiologists in their ongoing work surrounding the causes of microbiological oilfield souring. For her year in industry project, she also completed a study using our pressurised bioreactor suite to better understand hydrogen sulfide production at downhole temperatures ranging from 30°C to 60°C at 1,000psig.

“It’s been a pleasure to have Ella on the team and our door remains open should she be looking for a role in the future,” comments Rawwater Senior Project Officer, Matt Streets. “Moreover, her project has contributed to our in-house studies into oilfield reservoir souring, generating an additional 8.5 years' worth of highly valuable pressurised bioreactor data for our ever-growing oilfield reservoir souring database.”

Rawwater has a long-standing relationship with the University of Manchester and is presently conducting a major study in association with members of the University’s Geomicrobiology group to bring new insight to the costly phenomenon of microbiological oilfield reservoir souring during secondary recovery operations.

A lover of nature and passionate about conservation, factors which encouraged her to study Biology, Ella regularly completes transects of glow-worm and butterfly populations. This summer, however, rather than carrying out insect studies, she will be volunteering at Manchester Royal Infirmary, as well as assisting at Covid-19 testing and vaccination centres. Well done Ella – keep in touch!