Role of enhanced oil recovery in accelerating the deployment of carbon capture and sequestration
23rd July 2010
Topic(s): CO2 utilisation
On July 23, 2010, the MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI) and the Bureau of Economic Geology at the University of Texas (UT-BEG) co-hosted a symposium on the Role of Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) in Accelerating the Deployment of Carbon Capture and Sequestration (CCS). The motivation for the symposium lies with the convergence of two national energy priorities: enhancement of domestic oil production through increased tertiary recovery; establishment of large-scale CCS as an enabler for continued coal use in a future carbon-constrained world. These security and environmental goals can both be advanced by utilizing the carbon dioxide (CO2) captured from coal (and natural gas) combustion for EOR, but many questions remain about the efficacy and implementation of such a program at large scale. The symposium aimed to lay out the issues and to explore what might be an appropriate government role.
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