• Abu Dhabi National Oil Company to expand use of carbon capture and storage

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      Patrick Lavery

      Combustion Industry News Editor

The Abu Dhabi National Oil Company has announced it plans a six-fold increase in the use carbon dioxide for enhanced oil recovery over the next ten years. The gas will be sourced by adding carbon capture to its own gas processing operations, decreasing the carbon footprint of its business while extending the life of its reservoirs. The company aims to achieve up to a 70% ultimate oil recovery rate from its reservoirs, twice the global average, a measure of the ambitiousness of the move. ADNOC already uses CO2 captured from the steel mills of Emirates Steel Industries at two reservoirs, and so has operational experience with enhanced oil recovery. The added capture and increased use of CO2 is to begin in 2021, and by 2027 the company aims to be using 250 million standard cubic feet (or 12,970 tonnes) per day. A company spokesman said of the plan that “Replacing rich gas with CO2 injection into ADNOC’s maturing fields will allow the more productive use of valuable clean-burning natural gas, whether for power generation, desalination or as petrochemicals’ feedstock. This is a prime example of how clean technology can be integrated with traditional energy to optimize resources and reduce the environmental footprint.”