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UW EORI’s Acting Director Contributes to US CO2 Survey

November 4, 2021

The acting director of the University of Wyoming’s Enhanced Oil Recovery Institute (EORI), Lon Whitman, is a contributor to an important and anticipated publication on carbon dioxide enhanced oil recovery projects in the nation.

Advanced Resources International has published the U.S. CO2 Enhanced Oil Recovery Survey for end-of-year 2020.

The purpose of this updated survey is to provide a comprehensive status report of the 142 active CO2-EOR projects in the U.S., including enhanced production totals, reservoir characteristics and other project parameters.

Throughout a challenging year, incremental oil production from CO2-EOR declined about 8 percent to 273,000 barrels per day. This total is on par with the overall decline in U.S. crude oil production in 2020.

Despite a significant decrease in the volumes of CO2 available for injection and storage, the CO2-EOR industry has maintained production by recycling CO2 rather than having to shut in wells. This strategy shows the resiliency of CO2-EOR during challenging economic conditions and further supports the viability of this method as a means of storing CO2 and producing lower-carbon-intensity oil in the U.S., EORI says.

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