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Assessment of the potential for carbon dioxide sequestration with enhanced oil recovery in Nevada



 
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Title: Assessment of the potential for carbon dioxide sequestration with enhanced oil recovery in Nevada

Author: D. D. LaPointe, J. G. Price, and R. H. Hess
Year: 2007
Series: Open-File Report 2007-07
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Format: 24 pages
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This report follows the preliminary assessment of the potential for carbon dioxide sequestration in geological settings in Nevada (Price and others, 2005) by compiling data on the 15 oil fields that have had historical production. Critical factors in assessing the potential for enhanced oil recovery as a means of carbon dioxide sequestration in Nevada include depth, temperature, and cumulative production. Most Nevada oil reservoirs are considerably hotter than ideal conditions for maintaining a dense CO2 phase underground. Furthermore, none of the Nevada oil fields is large enough to accommodate all the CO2 from a large coal-fired power plant. The cumulative volume of oil and associated water production from all Nevada oil fields is about two orders of magnitude less than what would be needed to sequester a significant amount of CO2 from a power plant. Therefore, there is not much potential in Nevada for CO2 sequestration through enhanced oil recovery.

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