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To: alloysteel
This is old technology. In 1979 in my first year as an engineer for Texas Electric at the Morgan Creek Power plant in Colorado City TX, an oil company approached us about a project for separating CO2 from the stack gasses on unit 6 there. Due to the high price for CO2, they wanted to build the separating equipment and pump it to a local oil field for tertiary recovery projects.

I did the preliminary work for my first big project. By 1980 we had finalized plans and we were getting ready to let out a proposal bid. Right before we did that, another oil company hit a huge natural gas strike either in Oklahoma or the had that had a very high percentage of CO2. They were going to separate the CO2 anyway before they shipped out the gas, and made an offer to the oil company that was much less than the cost of what we could supply.

Needless to say, the projrct died.

6 posted on 02/17/2010 7:14:57 AM PST by nuke rocketeer (File CONGRESS.SYS corrupted: Re-boot Washington D.C (Y/N)?)
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To: nuke rocketeer
There is a new edge to using this process, and that is the actual formation of NEW petroleum, using CO2 compressed to supercritical pressures (it becomes a liquid), then reacting with the water already in the rock formations, and in the presence of extreme heat (at which point the water present is also supercritical liquid), a sort of Fischer-Tropsch reaction takes place, as the carbon dioxide becomes carbon monoxide, at the very high temperatures encountered.

This is abiotic formation, and apparently goes on all the time at the Mohorovičić discontinuity, usually referred to as the Moho, which is the boundary between the Earth's crust and the mantle.

And all this time you thought petroleum was dinosaur soup.

8 posted on 02/17/2010 7:26:34 AM PST by alloysteel (....the Kennedys can be regarded as dysfunctional. Even in death.)
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