Illinois basin, Midwest carbon dioxide EOR challenges may be surmountable

Scott M. Frailey Robert J. Finley Illinois State Geological Survey Champaign, Ill. John A. Rupp Indiana Geological Survey Bloomington, Ind. As a technology new to the Midwest, carbon dioxide enhanced oil recovery (CO2 EOR) has several barriers to overcome before it can gain a sustained presence in the region. First and foremost, this type of technology needs to be conceived as feasible and profitable. Cultivating interest among operators and oil field owners from the Midwest and other regions will create demand for CO2 on a commercial scale. The result of this will be increased interest in private investment aimed at developing large-scale CO2 EOR projects in the region. Even with increas...

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