TOPICS OF INTEREST
CARBON CAPTURE AND STORAGE
Why Oxy’s Net-Zero Goal Carves an Entirely New Path
To reach their targets for carbon neutrality, many oil and gas producers are investing in other energy industries. This US company will instead get there by investing more in its oil fields.
Baker Hughes Buys Startup To Scale Up Carbon-Capture Business
To go big on capturing CO2, the oilfield service company is acquiring a company that specializes in going small.
Equinor Aims To Become Net-Zero Energy Company by 2050
As it reaches for net-zero emissions, the company said its operations offshore Norway remain central to its long-term strategy.
UK Regulator Awards Eni CO2 Appraisal and Storage License
Eni plans to reuse depleted hydrocarbon reservoirs in Liverpool Bay to permanently store CO2 captured in northwest England and North Wales.
The New Map: Daniel Yergin Paints A Complex Mosaic Of Our Energy Future
The author of The Prize talked recently about his newest book on the energy transition and what he sees as the most dynamic forces shaping the things to come.
Oxy and Total’s Carbon-Capture Project Takes Next Step With US Government Funding
Phase 1 involved a feasibility study for a facility capable of capturing 750,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide annually. The next phase will explore building a facility capable of more than twice that amount.
Northern Lights and Blue Logic Win ONS 2020 Innovation Awards
Winning innovators focused on environment, safety, and operational efficiency.
BP Pivots From IOC to Integrated Energy Company as It Resets for Energy Transition
Supermajor announces actions to achieve net-zero ambition and reshape business. It also noted that it will not seek to explore in countries where it does not already have upstream activities.
Operator Consortium Pledges Emissions Cuts as Proportion of Production
Although based on “intensity” and not “absolute” emissions, oil giants say it’s a step toward net-zero goals for 2050.
Supercritical CO2 Heat Recovery System Finds Application in Oil and Gas Operations
The complete paper describes an advanced Rankine cycle process-based system that converts waste heat into usable electrical power to improve the efficiency of gas-compression stations on gas-production platforms and pipelines.
Novel Solutions to Atmospheric Carbon Maintain Advantages of Petroleum
This paper presents novel approaches to carbon abatement using petroleum that have a strong chance to succeed in fulfilling technological and economic goals.
A Net-Zero Future Full of Opportunities for a New North Sea
Despite the global downturn, the long-term transition to net zero presents a major opportunity to create new multibillion industries based around the North Sea. Cross-sector collaboration and major state/private sector intervention, together with strong leadership, will be key.
What the industry needs at this stage is a willingness to work together, share best practices, conduct innovative research, and focus on disruptive technologies that lower cost of capture and make our operations more sustainable.
Major Operators Submit Plans for Northern Lights JV
An investment decision this year would sanction Norway’s first CO2 storage project. Phase 1 is expected to be operational in 2024.
BP Aims for Net-Zero Emissions, Oxy To End Flaring
BP says it is firmly committed to achieving the ambitious target of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions over the next 30 years—even if that means producing less oil and gas.
2020 Will Be Year of New Directions and Complex Choices for Oil and Gas Industry
Amid weakening confidence and volatile market conditions, greater efficiencies and decarbonization are at the center of the industry’s agenda.
Eni, ADNOC Sign Carbon Capture Agreement
The companies will focus on research and development to reduce CO2 emissions and promote the circular economy.
Oxy and Total Team Up in Colorado for Carbon Sequestration Project
A new joint study will test the economic viability of taking CO2 from a cement plant and giving it to an oil company to pump underground.
Tackling Carbon Emissions on a Grassroots Level
Alberta carbon conversion challenge yields potential GHG reduction of millions of metric tons per year.
Repsol Becomes First Oil Company To Aim For Net-Zero Emissions By 2050
The Spanish oil and gas company says existing or foreseeable technologies will achieve at least 70% of its ambitious plan to shrink its carbon footprint.
Industry’s Difficult Task: Meet Global Demand While Lowering Emissions
Panelists at the opening general session of the SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition acknowledged the industry’s daunting challenge of meeting global demand while reducing its carbon footprint.
Majors Step Up Low-Carbon Initiatives
Large-scale investment in carbon capture and methane-emission reduction tops the agenda of the Oil and Gas Carbon Initiative, an organization led by chief executives of several major oil and gas companies.
Data-Driven Management Strategy Can Reduce Environmental Effect of Production Plants
This paper highlights the results of a test campaign for a tool designed to predict the short-term trends of energy-efficiency indices and optimal management of a production plant.
In recent years, some effort has been made to use EOR techniques, particularly CO2 injection, to extract additional oil and gas from unconventional resources. This has the potential to change the dynamics (again) of oil production from these tight and difficult reservoirs.
OTC Event Selects 10 Startups Worth Watching
The results are in. Here are this year’s “Most Promising” startups as decided by upstream investors and oil company innovation teams
CO2-Foam Field Pilot Test in a Sandstone Reservoir
This paper presents an analysis of a CO2-foam-injection pilot in the Salt Creek Field, Natrona County, Wyoming.
Integrated CO2-Foam Pilot in a Heterogeneous Carbonate Field
A carbon-dioxide (CO2) -foam enhanced-oil-recovery (EOR) pilot research program has been initiated to advance the technology of CO2 foam for mobility control in a heterogeneous carbonate reservoir.
Foaming Behavior of CO2-Soluble, Viscoelastic Surfactant
Aqueous foam has been demonstrated to have promise in conformance-control applications. This paper explores the foaming behavior of a CO2-soluble, cationic, amine-based surfactant.
In my previous features, I discussed the challenges facing carbon dioxide (CO2), both technical and economic. By far the biggest use of CO2 is in enhanced oil recovery (EOR). In this feature, the focus is on overcoming the biggest challenges facing CO2 EOR—gravity override and mobility.
Integrating Enhanced Oil Recovery and Carbon Capture and Storage: Farnsworth Field
The Southwest Partnership on Carbon Sequestration (SWP) is one of seven large-scale demonstration projects sponsored by the US Department of Energy.
First CO2-Enhanced-Oil-Recovery Demonstration Project in Saudi Arabia
An operator has designed a demonstration project for carbon dioxide (CO2) enhanced oil recovery (EOR) and has implemented it in one of its fields.
Approaches for CO2 Capture and Sequestration Inspired by Biological Systems
In this study, several process alternatives for the permanent sequestration of carbon dioxide (CO2) as solid carbonates are evaluated.
Global emissions of CO2 resulting from the use of fossil fuels amount to approximately 35 billion tons/yr. How much of this can we capture? How much can we store or sequester? And, perhaps the most important question: How much will it cost and who will pay?
Climate Change and SPE
Last year, SPE created a task force to study the topic of climate change and to determine if a public position statement should be created. After a year-long review, it recommended that we not develop a statement on climate change, which was accepted by the SPE Board of Directors in March.
With New Advance, Natural Gas Filtering Technology Moves Closer to Commercial Reality
A new material under development is highly effective at sieving carbon dioxide from natural gas streams and is also cheap and easy to make, according to researchers.
Moving On: Shell and Marathon Oil Announce Major Divestment of Canadian Oil Sands
The deal will transfer nearly 2 billion bbl of reserves to Canadian Natural Resources while bolstering Shell's downstream and carbon-capture role in support of oil sand development.
CERAWeek: New ExxonMobil CEO Addresses Carbon Reduction, Expresses Optimism On US Gulf Coast Downstream
The new head of ExxonMobil used his first major public appearance to emphasize the major oil company's committment to environmental concerns through the development of emerging technologies.
The Grand Challenge of Carbon Capture and Sequestration
This article is a summary of the 2016 follow-up paper on carbon capture and sequestration, one of the five grand challenges to the industry identified by the SPE R&D Committee in 2011.
Incentivizing Energy and Climate Innovation
In a quiet industrial park in suburban Toronto, there is a machine that eats carbon dioxide (CO2) and spits out fuel. A world away, at a world-class research institute in Bangalore, India, engineers have developed a completely different technology to convert CO2 into industrial chemicals.
Chemical-Looping Combustion: An Emerging Carbon-Capture Technology
In chemical-looping combustion (CLC), oxygen is transferred from an air reactor to a fuel reactor by means of a solid oxygen carrier.
There remain a number of challenges with CO2 EOR. These include gravity override, poor sweep efficiency, and economic factors.
A Portfolio of Commercial-Scale Carbon-Capture-and-Storage Demonstration Projects
A major oil company is progressing a portfolio of commercial-scale carbon-capture-and-storage (CCS) demonstration projects covering an array of technologies that target applications of relevance to the wider oil and gas industry.
Mapping CO2 in Real Time With Downhole Fluid Analysis in the East Irish Sea
This paper describes the first successful attempt on the continental shelf offshore UK to map carbon dioxide (CO2) in real time while logging during a drilling campaign in the East Irish Sea.
Lacq Carbon-Capture and -Sequestration Pilot
Total has been involved in CO2 injection and geological storage for more than 15 years, in Canada (Weyburn oil field) for enhanced oil recovery and in Norway (Sleipner and Snohvit fields) for aquifer storage.
CO2-Sequestration Projects Adding Value
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.
Research-and-development modeling has shown that CO2 can diffuse a small distance into the thick shale caprocks above brine aquifers used for sequestration and cause migration of siderite (iron carbonate), magnesite (magnesium carbonate), calcite, and other precipitates back into the target zone.
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