Future of EOR & IOR: New companies, infrastructure, projects reshape landscape for CO2 EOR in US

Through oil price swings and ownership realignment, carbon dioxide injection has remained an important method for improving oil recovery in the US, especially in the Permian basin of West Texas and New Mexico. Click here to enlarge imageThe lower costs for implementing CO2 floods in this area result from the extensive CO2 pipeline infrastructure from CO2 source fields (Fig. 1) and the existing gas processing facilities that extract produced CO2 and recycle it for reinjection.In the last few years, oil price volatility and ownership changes have slowed growth in new capital expenditures, but 2001 again is starting to see announcements for both CO2 enhanced oil recovery expansions and new ...

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