Title: Improving Domestic Energy Security and Lowering CO2 Emissions with “Next Generation” CO2-Enhanced Oil Recovery (CO2-EOR)
Publication Number: DOE/NETL-2011/1504
Publication Date: 06/2011
Publication Type: Report/Publication
Contact: Chris Nichols
Program/Technology: Oil & Natural Gas
Carbon Sequestration
Author: Vello Kuuskraa (ARI)
Tyler Van Leewen (ARI)
Matt Wallace (ARI)
Synopsis: NETL has revised its national resource assessment for carbon dioxide enhanced oil recovery (CO2 EOR). Under a current technology scenario, 1,200 reservoirs in the lower 48 states are amenable to CO2 EOR. At an assumed crude oil market price of $85 per barrel, these reservoirs represent 24 billion barrels of economic reserves. Under a next generation scenario the economic supply from CO2 EOR increases to 60 billion barrels. The resource assessment unveils a strong dependence on CO2 capture technology, as the equivalent of 60 - 90 GW of coal-fired plants with 90% capture will be needed to supply EOR floods.
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