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Abstract

Storing carbon dioxide (CO2 ) in oil reservoirs as part of CO2 -based enhanced oil recovery (CO2 -EOR) can be a cost-effective solution to reduce emissions into the atmosphere. In this paper, we analyze the economics of this option in order to estimate the amount of CO2 that could be profitably stored in different regions of the world. We consider situations in which the CO2 -EOR operator either purchases the CO2 supplied or is paid for its storage. Building upon extensive data sets concerning the characteristics and location of oil reservoirs and emission sources, the paper focuses on opportunities outside North America. Using net present value (NPV) as an indicator for profitability, we conduct a break-even analysis to relate CO2 supply prices (positive or negative) to economically viable storage potential.

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Colin Ward

Research Fellow Colin is a Fellow in the Markets and Industrial Development program, focusing on oil markets. He has worked in many… Colin is a Fellow in the Markets and Industrial Development program, focusing on oil markets. He has worked in many capacities across the energy industry including seismic field work, upstream field development, refinery design, cost estimation, and consulting for major international and national oil companies worldwide. He is currently involved in several major projects, most notably the KAPSARC Oil Market Outlook (KOMO), digital carbon tracking, and in supporting the energy ecosystem.

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Wolfgang Heidug

Wolfgang Heidug

Senior Research Fellow Wolfgang is an expert on low-carbon energy technology policy with in-depth knowledge of the science and technology of CO2 capture… Wolfgang is an expert on low-carbon energy technology policy with in-depth knowledge of the science and technology of CO2 capture and storage, Prior to joining KAPSARC he was a senior adviser at the International Energy Agency in Paris. Wolfgang also has over 20 years of experience working with Shell International.

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