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Carbon Capture and Wyoming's Economic Benefit

Wyoming has the opportunity to create thousands of jobs through the deployment of carbon capture at 10 industrial and power facilities while capturing tens of millions of metric tons of carbon dioxide per year.  Wyoming’s fact sheet can be found here.

A new state-level analysis shows that retrofitting Wyoming’s existing facilities with carbon capture and deploying carbon dioxide (CO2) transport infrastructure can deliver jobs and economic benefits while reducing emissions across industries.

The Great Plains Institute recently commissioned Rhodium Group to conduct an independent, state-by-state analysis exploring the economic benefits of carbon capture deployment opportunities in the US. GPI identified the facilities examined in this analysis as carbon capture retrofit projects with near- to medium-term feasibility.

State Carbon Capture Work Group continues Webinar Series

The State Carbon Capture Work Group is hosting two webinars in December, bringing together experts and signatories to review analyses, highlight current CO2 transport infrastructure projects, provide Class VI updates and discuss a strategy for developing recommendations for an action plan.

CO2 transport infrastructure development is a necessary component to meeting U.S. midcentury climate goals and a mechanism for bolstering regional jobs and economies. Seven states – Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Montana, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and Wyoming – have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) showcasing their commitment to the development of CO2 transport infrastructure and the establishment of an action plan which provides state and regional policy recommendations to ensure the deployment of CO2 transport infrastructure.

Energy Rebound Program Doubled

CARES-Act Funding Allocation Doubled to $30 million Due To Demand

Governor Mark Gordon announced that 292 oil and gas projects will be funded through the Energy Rebound Program, providing thousands of energy industry jobs in Wyoming over the next year.

With the number of qualified applications for the program exceeding the original $15 million allocation, Governor Gordon transferred an additional $15 million in funding to the program for a total of $30 million. The additional CARES Act dollars came from programs with leftover funds that could be repurposed.

EORI Research Hyperscratcher Tool

The Hyperscratcher Tool was tested in wells from various basins that had reported paraffin, scale and asphaltene build-ups that were adversely affecting production. 

Initially designed in California in the 1980s, the Hyperscratcher tool was developed to remove wellbore debris to provide a clear path for production.  The tool incorporates multiple cleaning methods including jets for spotting water, acid, or other chemicals and wire brushes for borehole casing cleaning.

Requesting Proposals for the Rocks and Reservoirs Pilot Program

The Rocks and Reservoirs Phase 2 Pilot program request for proposals is open to all Wyoming oil and gas operators doing business in the State of Wyoming producing oil and gas from reservoirs in the state.

The Rocks and Reservoirs Phase 2 program is designed to acquire real world Wyoming reservoir characterization and operating data in partnership with Wyoming Operators. This data will be used by the “Consortium” of Center of Innovation for Flow through Porous Media (COIFPM), the Enhanced Oil Recovery Institute (EORI), the University of Wyoming School of Energy Resources (SER) and the Wyoming Energy Authority (WEA) to further research, engineering and geologic analysis of Wyoming reservoirs and to suggest improved, economic methods for recovering more stranded oil and gas to improve the commercial viability of Wyoming operations, which is at the heart of the Consortium’s mission.

Energy Rebound Program informational webinar

The Governor’s Energy Rebound Program is designed to assist Wyoming’s economic recovery and boost employment in the oil and gas industry.

Webinar to be held Thursday, November 19, 2020 at 8:00 am MST

The Wyoming Business Council will start accepting applications at 10 am Mountain Standard Time on Wednesday, Nov. 18th. Applications will be accepted through 10 am on Monday, Nov. 23rd.

Please visit wyomingbusiness.org/ERP to register for webinars and for more information about the program.

Governor's Energy Rebound Program Launches

Governor Gordon will launch the Energy Rebound Program on Wednesday, November 18, 2020, designed to assist Wyoming’s economic recovery and boost employment in the oil and gas industry.

The Energy Rebound Program will utilize up to $15 million in CARES Act funding to provide business relief targeted towards drilled, but uncompleted oil and gas wells (DUCs), wells that were unable to be recompleted, and plugging and abandonment (P&A) projects which could not be finished due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

CarbonSAFE Project

The School of Energy Resource’s (SER) Center for Economic Geology Research (CEGR) at the University of Wyoming officially launched Phase 3 of the CarbonSAFE project last month.

The Wyoming CarbonSAFE Project (Carbon Storage Assurance Facility Enterprise) is among 13 original carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) project sites in the U.S. Funded by the DOE, the project’s ultimate goal is to ensure carbon storage complexes will be ready for integrated CCUS system deployment.

Phase 3 project objectives are to finalize site characterization; complete Class 6 permitting to construct; integrate Membrane Technology and Research Inc.’s CO2 capture assessment; and conduct National Environmental Policy Act analyses to advance toward the eventual commercialization of a large-scale -- storage of 50 million metric tons of CO2 within a 30-year period -- CCUS project at Dry Fork Station.