Scope for converting an existing natural gas enhanced oil recovery project to carbon dioxide injection

Hannah Chalmers*, Jon Gibbins

*Corresponding author for this work

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This chapter examines the potential to generate electric power with natural gas used for an enhanced oil recovery (EOR) scheme. Generating electricity using natural gas currently injected for EOR in the Magnus field, and injecting the resulting CO2 instead, could possibly give low emission power at comparable costs to other new technologies, even under realistic economic conditions. This would still not be commercially viable due to the lack of support for CO2 capture and storage (CCS) schemes, but may indicate this option should be considered, as an alternative to natural gas EOR, elsewhere or in the future. The Magnus scheme would also be likely to have significant additional benefits, including helping to provide grid connections for large scale renewable generation (onshore or offshore) in Shetland and Orkney, making a contribution of 0.2% reduction in UK CO2 emissions and providing a flagship CCS+EOR project for Scotland and the UK. Hopefully future opportunities will emerge, as in the scheme proposed, to combine both cost-effective low emission generations through CCS and EOR and also long term infrastructure development for a wider range of complementary energy developments around the North Sea.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGreenhouse Gas Control Technologies
PublisherElsevier Ltd
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)9780080447049
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2005


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