The 2019 CO2 & ROZ Conference Planning is well underway with anticipation of another full house with great speakers and technology-rich material. The Conference will begin on Monday morning, December 9th in the sparkling new Bush Convention Center in downtown Midland. Monday is devoted to the Carbon Management subject and all the new thinking related to CO2 capture and geologic storage. 45Q tax credits are taking center stage with project planning – some even very large 100 million to billion-dollar projects needing to capture their emission streams and find a subsurface storage site for capture streams.
Tuesday will feature an all-day CO2 field trip. Early thinking has targeted the SACROC flood and surface facilities operated by Kinder Morgan CO2 about 90 minutes east of Midland. This is the longest-lived CO2 flood in the world and is still making >28,000 barrels of oil per day (bopd) and storing huge volumes of CO2 while doing so. The recent recognition of a thick zone of residual oil beneath the field that contains as much as 2 billion bo promises to make the project continue another 10 years on top of the 45 years of CO2 injection to date.
The organizers of the Conference are extremely excited to present on Wednesday, Dec 11th, the first-time airing of a short course on the subject of natural and induced transmissive fractures. The evolution of horizontal well drilling technologies has illuminated a 100 fold increase in the ability to both detect and witness the effects of the fractures on well production. High water cuts, altered properties of the oil, and sour oil and gas production are just three of the effects of stimulating into the fractures. The diagnostics used to detect the fractures will be addressed along with 5-7 case histories from the Permian Basin and around the world will be part of the full-day agenda. Vertical natural fractures have generally gone unnoticed in the age of vertical wells so insights as to their occurrence, properties and effects are now available for the first time today.
The Thursday and Friday morning sessions will again provide the ever-popular focus on International and U.S. CO2 EOR case histories, as well as update folks on the 650-well horizontal ROZ, play in the San Andres formation of the Permian Basin. These sessions are unique in that they offer field best practices for the design and execution of new and expanding flood opportunities.
A summary of the events is provided in the graphic below.