CO2-EOR set for growth as new CO2 supplies emerge

04/07/2014
Vello Kuuskraa Matt Wallace Advanced Resources International Arlington, Va. Development of large natural sources of CO2 in Colorado (McElmo Dome/Doe Canyon) and New Mexico (Bravo Dome) plus construction of high-volume CO2 pipelines enabled CO2 enhanced oil recovery (CO2-EOR) to achieve its first burst of growth in the Permian basin starting in the 1980s. Subsequent development of natural CO2 supplies at Jackson Dome, Mississippi, and the capture of vented CO2 at the massive LaBarge natural gas processing plant in western Wyoming provided the foundations for the second round of CO2-EOR growth at the turn of the century in the Gulf Coast and the Rocky Mountains. Based on these first two p...
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