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Geologic Carbon Storage Through Enhanced Oil Recovery

February 3, 2013 Category: Industry
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The advancement of carbon capture technology combined with carbon dioxide (CO2) enhanced oil recovery (EOR) holds the promise of reducing the carbon footprint of coal-fired power plants and other industrial sources, while at the same time boosting production of oil. CO2 injection in deep formations has a long track record.

EOR provides a readily available pathway to large volume storage though oil production offsetting major capital costs of capture facility and pipeline construction, boosting public acceptance through experience and community benefits. Moreover, after completion of EOR operations, sequestration activities can be continued via maximizing CO2 storage in the depleted field, and by injection into qualified and associated brine formations.