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Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Peak oil: Oil field production doubled, pumping CO2.

Interesting bit of peak oil news from Wired.
Five million tons of CO2 has been successfully pumped underground into the Weyburn oil field in a pilot project in Saskatchewan, Canada.
The CO2 is piped from the Great Plains Synfuels Plant, a giant "gasification" plant near Beulah, North Dakota.

Not only does the project dispose of the nasty CO2, the pressure from the gas helps to extract more oil. The field's oil-recovery rate has been doubled, and its life extended for another 20 years, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
In Western Canada alone, pumping CO2 into oil fields could yield billions of barrels of additional oil while reducing CO2 emissions to the tune of pulling more than 200 million cars off the road for a year, said U.S. Secretary of Energy Samuel Bodman in a statement.
It is hard to know when the peak will come when new technology keeps extending the date another 20 years.

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