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CO2-Sequestration Projects Adding Value

Carbon capture, use, and storage (CCUS) in geological media can be an important means for reducing anthropogenic greenhouse-gas emissions. Several geological settings are appropriate for geological storage of carbon dioxide (CO2), including depleted oil and gas reservoirs, deep brine-saturated formations, CO2-flood enhanced-oil-recovery (EOR) operations, and enhanced coalbed-methane recovery. The US Department of Energy is pursuing a program to demonstrate CCUS technology through its Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership (RCSP) program.

Introduction

The Plains CO2 Reduction (PCOR) partnership, led by the Energy & Environmental Research Center, is one of seven regional partnerships established under the RCSP program. The PCOR partnership region includes all or part of nine US states and four Canadian provinces (Fig. 1) and is made up of many private- and public-sector groups working to identify the most-suitable CO2-storage strategies and technologies, aid regulatory development, educate the general public, and investigate appropriate infrastructure for CCUS commercialization within its region. The Phase-III program includes two commercial-scale projects—the Fort Nelson carbon-capture and -storage (CCS) feasibility project and the Bell Creek CO2-EOR/CO2-storage project.

This article, written by Senior Technology Editor Dennis Denney, contains highlights of paper IPTC 17089, “The Plains CO2-Reduction Partnership: CO2-Sequestration Demonstration Projects Adding Value to the Oil and Gas Industry,” by Charles D. Gorecki, Edward N. Steadman, John A. Harju, James A. Sorensen, John A. Hamling, SPE, Lisa S. Botnen, Scott C. Ayash, and Katherine K. Anagnost, Energy & Environmental Research Center, prepared for the 2013 International Petroleum Technology Conference, Beijing, 26–28 March. The paper has not been peer reviewed. Copyright 2013 International Petroleum Technology Conference. Reproduced by permission.
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CO2-Sequestration Projects Adding Value

01 July 2013

Volume: 65 | Issue: 7

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