Abstract

The In Salah project in Algeria is an industrial-scale CO2 storage project that has been in operation since 2004. CO2 from several gas fields, which have a CO2 content of 5–10%, is removed from the production stream to meet the sales gas-export specification of 0.3% CO2. Rather than vent that separated CO2 to the atmosphere (as was normal industry practice for such gas plants), BP and its joint venture (JV) partner, Sonatrach, invested an incremental US$100 million in a project to compress, dehydrate, transport, and inject that CO2 into a deep saline formation downdip of the producing gas horizon. Statoil then joined the JV at production start-up in August 2004.

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