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Exxonmobil Expands Carbon Capture Plant in Wyoming

Source: www.gulfoilandgas.com 12/10/2010, Location: North America

ExxonMobil announced the completion of an expansion to the world’s largest carbon dioxide capture plant. Located near LaBarge, Wyoming, the expanded plant will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions4 and enhance oil production5 in the United States.

“This expansion will result in lower greenhouse gas emissions6 and help maximize the recovery of Wyoming’s oil resources,” said Randy Broiles, vice president, Americas, ExxonMobil Production Company. “ExxonMobil is a leader in the research, development and application of carbon capture technologies7. These technologies could play a significant role in the future management of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide.”

The $86 million expansion includes the installation of compressors to capture 50 percent more carbon dioxide for potential use in enhanced oil recovery and other industrial uses. Enhanced oil recovery involves the injection of carbon dioxide into reservoirs to produce additional oil and gas. The carbon dioxide for this project is captured from the natural gas streams produced from fields in Wyoming. The gas streams contain significant amounts of carbon dioxide and other components that are removed at the LaBarge processing plant.

With the expansion, the plant has the capacity to capture approximately 365 million cubic feet per day of carbon dioxide from the gas streams - equivalent to the amount emitted by more than 1.5 million cars.

The captured carbon dioxide is sold to companies for enhanced oil recovery, helping to extend the productive lives of mature oil fields and producing more energy supplies for America.

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