More CO 2 floods start up in West Texas

Guntis Moritis Production Editor For the West Brahaney CO2 flood, Fina has lowered the injection skid cost by installing 1-in. stainless steel valves, meter, and choke. The picture was taken during the flood's dedication ceremony in July. Larger stainless steel injection skids, such as these near the main street of Denver City, Tex., are common in the large CO2 floods started in 1980s. These skids are in Shell's Denver Unit. Oil producing companies expect carbon dioxide injection to delay, by 10-20 years, the abandonment of nearly depleted waterfloods in the West Texas area. They calculate that CO2 injection may recover at least 7-10% of the original oil in place. T...

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