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Chementator: This CO2 -Recovery Process Set to Enhance EOR      

By Edited by Gerald Ondrey |

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI; Tokyo, Japan; edlinks.chemengonline.com/7368-533) is marketing a new process that captures carbon dioxide from flue gas (FG) for enhanced oil recovery (EOR). The KM-CDR process uses a proprietary amine-based solvent (KS-1) in a packed column to absorb and regenerate CO2 with less energy than conventional CO2 -recovery processes and with "far less" solvent loss, thereby reducing the operating costs and increasing the efficiency of CO2 capture, says MHI. The KM-CDR process was developed in cooperation with Kansai Electric Power Co. (Osaka, Japan; CE, January 2004. p.13), and MHI has since delivered several commercial plants to a variety of chemical companies throughout the world. In 2005, MHI also established a strategic alliance with Shell EP International Ltd. (Rijswijk, Netherlands) to cooperate in the promotion of CO2 recovery from industrial sources for EOR projects at oil fields in the Middle East. By injecting pressurized CO2 into a reservoir, a supercritical phase, which is miscible with oil, is formed. This decreases the viscosity, and thus increases the flowability of the oil. MHI estimates that 10% more of the original oil in place (OOIP) can be recovered oil by EOR with CO2…
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