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PDO announces project utilising CO2 for EOR

29 Nov 2023 PDO announces project utilising CO2 for EOR By OUR CORRESPONDENT

Muscat – Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) has launched a pioneering pilot project for enhanced oil recovery (EOR) using CO2 in northern Oman, marking a significant step towards sustainable oil and gas production in alignment with the sultanate’s goal of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

PDO is committed to building a sustainable and low-carbon future, aiming to ensure the company’s long term success by continuing to generate significant oil and gas revenue in a cost-effective and carbon-efficient manner, thereby maximising value for the sultanate, a press release stated.

‘This project marks a key milestone in PDO’s dedication to increasing oil and gas production sustainably, decarbonising its operations, and working towards achieving the net-zero carbon emissions goal by 2050 in alignment with Oman Vision 2040.’

The goal of the pilot project is to de-risk and therefore expedite the full-field EOR development. Over the next three months, continuous injectivity of CO2 into the reservoir will be proven, followed by long-term injection, lasting up to one year, PDO stated.

This strategic approach aims to unlock substantial oil volumes lodged in the subsurface, paving the way for a major sustainable CO2 EOR project within the PDO concession area. Importantly, the project also plays a key role in enhancing a larger PDO EOR portfolio whilst mitigating PDO’s own CO2 emissions.

According to H E Salim al Aufi, Minister of Energy and Minerals, Oman has committed to reaching net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. “The national decarbonisation roadmap includes several technologies in which carbon capture, usage and storage (CCUS) is a key technology enabler. The pilot undertaken by PDO exemplifies both the company’s and the country’s unwavering dedication to simultaneously boosting production and decarbonising operations.”

He added, “This initiative serves as a tangible manifestation of Oman’s commitment to pioneering sustainable solutions in the pursuit of a cleaner, more environmentally conscious future”.

Steve Phimister, Managing Director of PDO, conveyed the company’s pride in announcing the milestone in its journey towards a net-zero CO2 emissions future. “This project is not just a technological achievement but a demonstration of our unwavering commitment to both cost and carbon competitiveness. We are determined to safely, efficiently and sustainably grow our core oil and gas business while minimising emissions from our operations.”

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