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Farnsworth Fact Sheet: Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage Project

Company/Alliance: South West Partnership (SWP), New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, Chapparal Energy, LLC Los Alamos National Laboratory, Oklahoma Geological Survey, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Utah Geological Survey, University of Missouri, University of Utah, Sandia National Laboratories and Schlumberger Carbon Services

Location: Farnsworth Oil Field, Ochiltree, Texas, USA

Start Date: 2013

End Date: 2018 (5 year operating period)

Size: 0.2 Mt/yr injected until 1 Mt in total stored

CO2 Source: Arkalon Ethanol Plant (Liberal Kansas), Agrium Fertilizer Plant (Borger Texas)

Storage: EOR


Total Project Value $78,910,800. DOE/Non-DOE Share $53,017,771 / $25,225,261


The primary objective of the SWP development effort is to demonstrate the successful reservoir characterization, modeling, monitoring, and tracking of at least 1 million metric tons of CO2 used for EOR at a mature and active oil field as part of CCS deployment.

Chaparrel Energy operates the Farnsworth field. The field was discovered in 1955, and started water injection in 1964. Chaparrel initiated CO2-EOR in December 2010.

The Anadarko Basin is approximately 50,000 square miles in size and primarily located in the northern Texas panhandle and western Oklahoma, extending into eastern Colorado and western Kansas. The basin is known to contain significant reserves of oil and gas and has been extensively developed for the recovery of hydrocarbons. The target formation for the CO2 storage study is the oil bearing upper Morrow sandstone at 7'000 ft depth that is part of the rock sequence comprising the Farnsworth Unit.

Of the volume injected, a total of 318,179 metric tons remain in the formation as stored CO2 as of July of 2015.

Project Link: SWP Partnership project web page

Other Sources and Press Releases:
Southwest Regional Partnership Farnsworth Unit EOR Field Project – Development Phase (November 2015)
Farnsworth Unit - Ochiltree Field Project (August 2014)
Phase III – Deployment Phase Farnsworth Unit CCUS Ochiltree, Texas (August 2012)
SWP Presentation Phase 3: Deployment Phase DO2 annual review [PDF] (2011)
SWP presentation slides. RSCP annual meeting Pittsburgh (October 2010)