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Energy: Enhanced Oil and Gas Recovery

Volume 702: debated on Tuesday 24 June 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What action they are taking to encourage or facilitate market-driven increases in the use of carbon dioxide for enhanced oil recovery and enhanced gas recovery in the United Kingdom. [HL4253]

The use of CO2 to enhance oil recovery is an established technique in onshore oil and gas. The Minister for Energy recently visited an established scheme in Mississippi. Application of EOR techniques is a key part of the Government's stewardship initiative which is designed to ensure that existing fields are produced to their full economic potential and the topic is on the agenda of the next PILOT meeting, the joint industry Government oil and gas forum, in order to identify any barriers to implementation.

In addition, the Energy Bill introduces a carbon capture and storage regime that will reduce regulatory uncertainty by providing a seamless transition between CO2 injection for enhanced oil production and injection for storage within the same geological structure.