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The Energy Resources Division of the Department for Energy and Mining (DEM-ERD) acknowledge there is significant potential for Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) in the South Australian Cooper and Eromanga basins. EOR using carbon dioxide (CO2) is of particular interest due to the added environmental benefit of sequestering CO2 underground. The descriptions and outputs provided below relate to the CO2 EOR initiatives DEM-ERD are progressing.

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DEM-ERD chairs the Standards Australia National Mirror Committee to contribute on the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Technical Committee 265 for Carbon Capture Utilisation and Storage. The scope of ISO Technical Committee 265 is for the standardisation of design, construction, operation, environmental planning and management, risk management, quantification, monitoring and verification, and related activities in the field of carbon dioxide capture, transportation, EOR and geological storage. The following presentation by DEM-ERD is an update on CO2 utililisation in Australia.

Carbon Dioxide Utilisation in Australia – International CO2 Utilisation Symposium (July 2018)

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DEM-ERD represents Australia as a member country of the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) Technology Collaboration Program (TCP) for EOR – an independent, international group of experts that enable governments and industries from around the world to share knowledge regarding EOR technology including CO2 flooding. The following presentation by DEM-ERD is an update on EOR in Australia, given at the last IEA TCP Workshop and Symposium for EOR.

Enhanced Oil Recovery, Status and Potential in Australia - International Energy Agency Technology Collaboration Programme for Enhanced Oil Recovery Workshop and Symposium (September 2018)

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DEM-ERD have undertaken a research project regarding the potential for CO2 EOR in South Australia, including application in residual oil zones (ROZ). The research also involved screening of fields in the Cooper and Eromanga basins to determine where CO2 is more likely to achieve miscibility with oil.  The final report follows with data and results provided as appendices.

Potential for Carbon Dioxide EOR in the Cooper and Eromanga Basins, Department for Energy and Mining - Energy Resources Division (October 2018)

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