Ahmad Aladasani1,2, SPE; Baojun Bai 2, SPE; Nygaard Runar 2, SPE;
1. Kuwait Oil Company, 2. Missouri University of Science and Technology.
SPE Western Regional Meeting,
21-23 March 2012,
Bakersfield, California, USA
The use of miscible carbon dioxide (CO2) flooding has increased significantly
in the past decade. What makes CO2 unique is its low miscibility pressure,
which extends the candidacy of CO2 to reservoirs with lower API gravity,
shallower depths and lower fracture pressure gradients compared to reservoirs
in which miscible nitrogen or miscible hydrocarbon flooding might be used.
Furthermore, the financial incentives associated with the removal of a
greenhouse gas offset development costs and operating expenditures. Therefore,
this paper focuses primarily on selection criteria for CO2 Enhanced Oil
Recovery (EOR) and the dispersion modeling of highpressure CO2 release, as
these are critical in offsetting capital investments and managing legal
The available EOR selection criteria, which are based on reported EOR projects
were developed initially by Taber in 1983 and then updated by Taber et al. in
1996 and again by Aladasani & Bai in 2010. Recent publications by Aladasani
& Bai (2011) regarding discussions surrounding EOR selection criteria focus
on dataset distribution to refine EOR candidacy selection. The work presented
in this paper further develops the tools with which to screen miscible CO2 for
EOR applications by offering detailed distributions and correlations of
reservoir properties reported in miscible CO2 projects, as well as a prediction
model for miscible CO2 recovery. The screening tools presented in this paper
are intended as a new detailed and systematic approach to selecting miscible
CO2 flooding and to developing EOR as a whole.
The increase in Carbon Sequestration Projects (CSP) and CO2 EOR projects has
resulted in the expansion of the CO2 pipeline network in the United States
(US). An overview of the CO2 network in the US, the transit pipeline incident
history in North America and Europe, and the scope of pipeline risk studies are
presented. Finally, recent developments in CO2 consequence modeling inform the
dispersion modeling of critical CO2 releases, highlighting the toxicity risk of
H2S in anthropogenic CO2 streams.