Integrating Enhanced Oil Recovery and Carbon Capture and Storage: Farnsworth Field

Topics: Carbon capture and storage Enhanced recovery Tight gas/shale gas/coalbed methane
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The Southwest Partnership on Carbon Sequestration (SWP) is one of seven large-scale demonstration projects sponsored by the US Department of Energy. The SWP has a goal of permanently sequestering more than 1 million t of carbon dioxide (CO2) in an active enhanced-oil-recovery (EOR) project in a mature waterflood in the Anadarko Basin. Goals of the project include optimizing the balance between EOR and storage, ensuring storage permanence, and developing best practices for carbon storage using man-made CO2.


The goal of the project is to inject at least 1 million t of CO2 into an active oil field undergoing EOR over a 4- to 5-year period. All CO2 used in the project is anthropogenic and would otherwise be vented to the atmosphere. Much of this injected CO2 will be trapped permanently in the subsurface. A primary objective is to quantify CO2 storage and better understand conditions and characteristics that promote such storage.

Background. The project site is located in the Anadarko Basin, a deep structural basin approximately 70,000 sq miles in size and primarily located in the northern Texas panhandle and western Oklahoma and extending into eastern Colorado and western Kansas. The basin is a mature oil-and-gas-production province but without access to natural CO2 sources. These factors combine to make the Anadarko an excellent region for combined EOR and carbon-storage projects using anthropogenic CO2.

This article, written by JPT Technology Editor Chris Carpenter, contains highlights of paper SPE 180408, “Integrating Enhanced-Oil-Recovery and Carbon-Capture-and-Storage Projects: A Case Study From Farnsworth Field, Texas,” by Robert Balch, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, and Brian McPherson, University of Utah, prepared for the 2016 SPE Western Regional Meeting, Anchorage, 23–26 May. The paper has not been peer reviewed.
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Integrating Enhanced Oil Recovery and Carbon Capture and Storage: Farnsworth Field

01 July 2017

Volume: 69 | Issue: 7