Wednesday, March 17, 2010

ARI: More carbon dioxide EOR could help environment

Advanced Resources International Inc. of Arlington, Va., recently issued a report studying both the economic benefits of increased US oil production and the environmental benefits of increased enhanced oil recovery using carbon dioxide.

ARI outlines its conclusions in a white paper entitled “US Oil Production Potential from Accelerated Deployment of Carbon Capture and Storage.”

Carbon capture stemming from proposed US climate legislation could boost US oil production by 3-3.6 million b/d by 2030, assuming all the captured CO2 were to be used for EOR, ARI said (OGJ Online, Mar. 11, 2010).

“Despite what is assumed about increased efficiencies in transportation, it is important to realize that a critical choice for society, at least in the near term, will be between a domestically produced barrel of crude oil and an imported barrel,” said Mike Godec, ARI vice-president and the paper’s author.

Reduced atmospheric carbon emissions are not the only environmental benefit resulting from CO2-EOR projects, he said.

“The incremental environmental impacts, at least at the surface, associated with CO2-EOR would include installing additional infrastructure necessary for CO2 injection and recycling, and some additional new wells,” Godec said.

“These additions and their associated disturbances would be minimal compared to producing the same volume of oil from areas not already under development,” he noted. EOR produces incremental oil from fields already in production.

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Blogger Jose Gregorio said...

Carbon dioxide emission comes from three fountains: transport, industrial and domestic. It is valid assume 30% each one. Society must develop a new gathered and disposal method in order to control atmospheric emissions. It could be possible to capture industrial and domestic emissions and inject underground them which would be new industrial activity to generate employment and also it could mean an increase in the oil recovery if this practice is used near oil fields.

March 24, 2010 at 10:42 AM  

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