Rocky region’s oil production to be boosted by CO2 injection


The Rocky Mountain region of the US is to take advantage of newly available CO2 sources for enhanced oil recovery (EOR) purposes, such is the growing popularity of this gas application.

In the US alone, CO2 injection has accounted for the recovery of around 1.5 billion bbl of oil and CO2 sales to EOR projects are thought to have reached an estimated 3 bcfd in 2008 – with about 83% of this derived from CO2 source fields.

So popular is CO2 injection for EOR purposes, that successful projects in the Permian basin of West Texas and beyond are held up as examples of the promise of this application. However, CO2 availability has been one factor limiting its use.

With new sources of CO2 set to come to the fore soon though, the northern Rocky Mountain region of the US may see more EOR projects, according to a report by the Oil & Gas Journal.

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