Following the announcement that a Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) project for Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) in the UK has been awarded ~$300M in EU government funding, it is encouraging to see more press in the US highlighting ways to advance CCS+EOR projects. As I noted in my previous post on pros and cons of EOR for CCS development, CCS+EOR can provide a critical step in paving the way for CDR projects that use Direct Air Capture (DAC) technology or biomass energy with CCS (BECCS) to remove and sequester CO2 from the atmosphere.
The National EOR Institute (NEORI) released a report in 2012 outlining potential policy pathways to support CCS+EOR projects, and the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) has written on the subject as well. Neither of these reports explicitly highlights the role that CCS+EOR can play in the commercialization of CDR techniques — doing so could help decrease resistance to CCS+EOR projects from environmental groups. But regardless of explicit mention to CDR, this type of advocacy for CCS is important to help generate affordable, wide-spread CDR projects in the future.
hat tip: aaron