The Bell Creek Integrated EOR and CO2 Storage Project
||This project will produce ~35 million barrels of incremental oil at Bell Creek using CO2 enhanced oil recovery (EOR) and put millions of tons of CO2 in permanent storage.
Project Location: The Bell Creek Oil Field
|An Integrated EOR and CO2 Storage Project
|Denbury’s Commercial CO2 EOR Project
||Bell Creek CO2 Storage Demonstration Project
|Denbury Onshore LLC (Denbury) is implementing a commercial project that will inject at least 1 million tons (0.9 million tonnes) of CO2 per year into its Bell Creek oil
field to rejuvenate oil production and permanently store anthropogenic CO2 deep underground. Learn More >>
||The PCOR Partnership is adding value to Denbury’s project through additional characterization, monitoring, and modeling. This collaborative effort will result
in a new standard for safe and practical long-term geologic storage of anthropogenic CO2. Learn More >>
Since its 1967 discovery in the Powder River Basin of southeastern Montana, the Bell Creek oil field has produced approximately 133 million barrels (MMbbl) of oil. Most of
that oil was produced by injecting water into the oil-bearing zone to push oil to production wells. By 2010, about 38% of the oil was produced and production was dwindling.
In 2010, Denbury acquired the Bell Creek Field with the intention of rejuvenating the once robust field by switching from water injection to CO2
injection. Bell Creek is an optimal
site for CO2
EOR because experience has shown successful primary and secondary oil recovery using water. Even more oil recovery is expected using CO2
, yielding an additional 35 million
barrels of incremental oil. The rock layers in the field are also ideally suited for carbon storage following the oil recovery process.
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