Joffre Viking CO2 Injection Project
This project is concerned with the quantification of emission reductions for only the Joffre Viking Tertiary Oil Unit. In 2001, Penn West acquired the Joffre project - the only commercial CO2 miscible flood in Alberta, and the first in Canada. With secondary production completely shut-in during the 1970s, Joffre's response to CO2 miscible flooding has been very positive, with production climbing from zero in 1983 to 900 barrels per day in 2000. A dormant field with essentially zero value became a growth play with the application of tertiary recovery technology. The incentive for the project was to expand the CO2 miscible flood into phase 3 for enhanced oil recovery (EOR), due to a significant volume of unrecovered oil that was contained in the Joffre Viking Pool.
The CO2 rich stream from the NOVA Chemicals Ethylene Plant, which was historically emitted to the atmosphere, was captured and sold as a product to Penn West for EOR activities. This offset project has been quantified using the approved Quantification Protocol for Enhanced Oil Recovery, October 2007 ("the Protocol"). The opportunity for generating carbon offsets with this protocol arises from the direct and indirect reductions of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions resulting from the geological storage of waste gas streams containing greenhouse gases as part of enhanced oil recovery activities.
Enhanced Oil Recovery
Joffre Viking Pool, Near Joffre, Alberta
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