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Wednesday, August 02, 2017

3D Pressure-limited approach to model and estimate CO2 injection and storage capacity: saline Mount Simon Formation

Outside Publication: Greenhouse Gases Science and Technology
To estimate the carbon dioxide (CO2) injection and storage capacity of saline formations, we used Tough2-ECO2N simulation software to develop a pressure-limited (dynamic) simulation approach based on applying three-dimensional (3D)...

Monday, July 17, 2017

USGS Releases Three Approaches for Estimating Recovery Factors in Carbon Dioxide Enhanced Oil Recovery

Technical Announcement  
The U.S. Geological Survey has evaluated three methods for estimating how much oil and gas could be produced by injecting carbon dioxide (CO2) into petroleum reservoirs.

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Cost Implications of Uncertainty in CO2 Storage Resource Estimates: A Review

Outside Publication: Natural Resources Research
Carbon capture from stationary sources and geologic storage of carbon dioxide (CO2) is an important option to include in strategies to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions. However, the potential costs of commercial-scale CO2 storage are not well constrained, stemming from the inherent uncertainty in storage resource estimates coupled with a lack of detailed estimates of the infrastructure needed to...

Monday, August 01, 2016

Risk, liability, and economic issues with long-term CO2 storage—A review

Outside Publication: Natural Resources Research
Given a scarcity of commercial-scale carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects, there is a great deal of uncertainty in the risks, liability, and their cost implications for geologic storage of carbon dioxide (CO2). The probabilities of leakage and the risk of induced seismicity could be remote, but the volume of geologic CO2 storage (GCS) projected to be necessary to...

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Bitumen Prices and Structural Changes in North American Crude Oil Markets

Outside Publication: Natural Resources Research
In an earlier report, changes in bitumen prices at Hardesty, Alberta, Canada, were modeled as the responses to changes in monthly prices of Hardesty light/medium crude oil for the period 2000–2006 with a simple error correction econometric model. This note re-examines that price relationship for the period 2009–2014...

Thursday, March 03, 2016

Play-level distributions of estimates of recovery factors for a miscible carbon dioxide enhanced oil recovery method used in oil reservoirs in the conterminous United States

USGS Publication: Open-File Report 2015-1239
In a U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) study, recovery-factor estimates were calculated by using a publicly available reservoir simulator (CO2 Prophet) to estimate how much oil might be recovered with the application of a miscible carbon dioxide (CO2) enhanced oil recovery (EOR) method to technically screened oil reservoirs located in onshore and State offshore areas in the conterminous United States.

Thursday, November 05, 2015

Profiles of reservoir properties of oil-bearing plays for selected petroleum provinces in the United States

USGS Publication: Open-File Report 2015-1195
Profiles of reservoir properties of oil-bearing plays for selected petroleum provinces in the United States were developed to characterize the database to be used for a potential assessment by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) of oil that would be technically recoverable by the application of enhanced oil recovery methods using injection of carbon dioxide (CO2-EOR).

Friday, February 27, 2015

Evaluation of Development Options for Alaska North Slope Viscous and Heavy Oil

Outside Publication: Natural Resources Research
Current estimates of discovered viscous and heavy oil in Alaska’s North Slope are 12 billion barrels of oil-in-place and 12–18 billion barrels of oil-in-place, respectively (see Appendix 1 for conversion to SI units). Since the early 1990s to the end of 2010, cumulative viscous oil production has amounted to 150 million barrels, and there has been no commercial production of heavy oil...

Friday, July 19, 2013

Commercial Possibilities for Stranded Conventional Gas from Alaska’s North Slope

Journal: Natural Resources Research

Outside Publication
This study defines stranded conventional gas resources as gas in identified (discovered and appraised) conventional oil and gas accumulations which are not currently commercially producible for either physical or economic reasons. The discovered conventional North Slope gas is stranded because there is currently no transportation system to take the gas to a market.





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