CO2 Conference Week


“It’s where the field and office come together to make things happen” 

The 14th Annual (2016) EOR Carbon Management Workshop
– Midland, Texas

The 2016 CO2/ROZ Conference planning committee is well underway with the planning and preparations for the entire CO2 Conference week – both the 14th annual EOR Carbon Management Workshop and the 22nd Annual CO2 Flooding Conference.

Since 1994, the conference has continued to expose both new ideas and field-tested practices to the CO2 business community and provide endowments for teaching and scholarship funding to help the industry staff for the future. You will recall that, over the years, the agenda has emphasized practical topics and case histories and to possess both a carbon capture and storage (CCS) focus as well as our traditional CO2 enhanced oil recovery mission.  The second part of the week is still our regular fare and most popular set of events with our flooding case histories.  The countless contributions to the advancement of the industry over the last two decades are impressive.

This year’s EOR Carbon Management Workshop will convene on Tuesday, Dec 6th.  This event will flesh out the CCUS progress and identify the remaining obstacles to the realization of CO2 capture and storage goals.  The Flooding conference portion will be held on December 7th and 8th at Midland’s Horseshoe facility located on the south side of Midland just west of the Petroleum Museum on I-20.  Early plans call for another in our long line of seminars/short courses on Wednesday morning that would theme the progress in producing commercial oil from residual oil zones; i.e., EOR and reservoir depressuring and perhaps start the thinking about combining the two into a long term commercial strategy.  That afternoon we will depart for our annual CO2 flood and facilities field trip (to a location to be announced later).  Both of those events will be held on the 7th. Then we will follow with the popular case history theme sessions on December 8th. Those Thursday sessions will open with presentations that feature CO2 supply and operational issues of CO2 floods, while the Thursday afternoon session will provide the reservoir case histories.  Speakers are always encouraged to present new ideas and best practices, but we also welcome discussion of business aspects of flooding during the talks.  A reception sponsored by the Permian Basin Section of the SPE is planned for Wednesday evening at the Permian Basin Petroleum Museum which has just completed the construction in the wing telling the latest oil and gas industry story.

Attachment 1 presents a summary of the Conference activities and also shows the complementary but separate “sister” EOR Carbon Management Workshop plans earlier in the week.

The conference planning committee consists of representative from the sponsors which, once again, looks like the Who’s Who of CO2 EOR including Kinder Morgan CO2 Company, Oxy Permian, Denbury Resources, Praxair, Exxon Gas & Power Marketing, Premier Oil Recovery, Reagan Power, Tabula Rasa, XTO, BP, Hess, Trinity CO2, GE Oil & Gas, the Petroleum Technology Transfer Council, Research Patrnership to Secure Energy for America, Russell K. Hall and Associates, Apache, Chaparral Energy, Chevron, the Enhanced Oil Recovery Institute, Advanced Resources International, the Applied Petroleum Technology Academy, and The Permian Basin Section of the SPE. The University of Texas of the Permian Basin and Midland College are the hosting organizations.

As mentioned before, the conference week’s activities have included a “sister” workshop dedicated to an audience that might be characterized as the “CO2 capture, utilization and storage” audience.  This workshop provides practical hands‑on exposure to CO2 separation, transportation and injection that continues be part of their repertoire.

The net proceeds of the Conference go to the SPE Section for scholarships and to UTPB to endow a Petroleum Engineering professorship.  Over the years, the sponsors and our attendees have allowed a contribution of over $500,000 to the SPE scholarship funds and have now contributed $175,000 to the endowment in the five years of contributing.

We feel that no other conference expressly caters to the companies busy with CO2 flooding. We hope to see you there in December.



Stephen Melzer

                                                                        CO2 Flooding Conference Director


“It’s where the field and office come together to make things happen”



The 14th Annual (2016) EOR Carbon Management Workshop – Midland, Texas

On-site desk opens at 7:30 am at the Education Room of the Horseshoe Facility in South Midland.

Tuesday, Dec 6th, 2016

The CO2 week’s activities open with the 14th Annual EOR Carbon Management Workshop at 8:00 am on Tuesday, Dec 6th at the Education Room of Midland’s Horseshoe Facility (HF) in southern Midland with registration beginning at 7:30.  A continental breakfast is available.

Technical Session I on Tuesday Dec 6th, 2016 from 8:00 to 12:00 (at the HF) followed by the Keynote Luncheon Talk.

Technical Session II on Tuesday Dec 6th from 1:00 pm to 5:30 pm (at the HF)

The Tuesday Evening Welcoming Reception will be at the HF from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm 

Wednesday, Dec 7th, 2016

The exciting studies defining the science and distribution of residual oil zones is just beginning but is already making an enormous difference.  In addition to implementation of CO2 EOR projects within the ROZs, the exploitation has spread to horizontal drilling with very economic results.  A half-day shortcourse on the subject of ROZs will be held from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm.  A sandwich lunch will be provided at the close of the course.

A field trip is planned to an EOR project and CO2 Recycle Facility near to the Midland area (Location TBD).  Registration will be limited to first 70 persons.  Buses will leave at 12:15 PM and box lunches will be provided on the bus.  Buses will return to the Midland Center at 5:30 pm.

Workshop Ends:  7:30 pm, Dec 7th

 Evening Reception (5:30-7:30) sponsored by the Permian Basin Section of the Society of Petroleum Engineers at the Permian Basin Petroleum Museum, 1500 Interstate Highway 20, Midland, TX 79701.


Learn about actual Case Histories of CO2 Flooding

The 22nd Annual CO2 Flooding Conference, Midland, Texas**


Wednesday, Dec 7th, 2016

The CO2 Flooding and ROZ Conference activity will share sponsorship of the events on Wednesday with the Carbon Management Workshop including the ROZ shortcourse, the ½ day field trip, and the Wednesday evening reception.

Thursday, Dec 8th, 2016

CO2 Policy & Flood Ops Technical Session 1 on Thurs, Dec 8th from 8:00 – 11:30 am (at the HF)

Luncheon and Keynote Speech (Speaker: TBA) on Thurs, Dec 8th from 11:45 – 1:00 pm (at the HF)

CO2 Flooding and ROZ Technical Session 2 on Thursday, Dec 8th featuring operations and reservoir case histories – from 1:15 – 4:45 pm (at the HF)

Conference Week ends 5:00 Thursday, Dec 8th




“The CO2 ROZ Conference Week is the only place you can immerse yourself in all of the exciting aspects of ROZs and CO2: from the latest developments and practices in of CO2 enhanced oil recovery in the main payzones and now the residual oil zones emphasizing actual case histories to carbon capture, utilization and storage; all the while networking with the professionals working within the World’s premier field laboratory for enhanced oil recovery and residual oil zones



Airlines serving Midland are Continental (IAH, Houston’s Bush Intercontinental and from Denver’s Intn’l Airport) and Southwest Airlines (from Hobby in south Houston, from Dallas’ Love field, and from Phoenix and Las Vegas).  American Eagle serves Midand from the Dallas Regional Airport (DFW).  Continental flights are either the Brazilian Embraer jets or United turboprops, the Southwest flights are Boeing 737 jet service, and the Eagle flights can be either regional jets or turboprops.

Attendees should be aware that several room blocks in addition to the Doubletree one (see conference website) have been established and early reservations are recommended.  The largest room block has been set up at the Midland Doubletree (by Hilton) across the street from the Midland Center in Downtown Midland (  Several other room blocks can be found on the Conference website (  Early registration is recommended.

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