CO2 Injection Project

Monday - 8/9/2010, 2:24pm EDT

The Department of Energy and Natural Resources Canada will spend a total of $5.2 million dollars to bring a benchmark carbon dioxide injection project to a successful conclusion next year.

The two governments will renew funding for the a CO2 Monitoring and Storage project.

Under the project, carbon dioxide taken from a Gasification synfuels plant in North Dakota is delivered - via a 200-mile pipeline - to Canadian oil fields where the gas is injected roughly five-thousand feet underground. The gas forces oil into wells where it can be harvested, nearly tripling oil production.

The project reduces greenhouse gas emissions while also demonstrating clean energy innovation.

A projected total of 40 million tons of CO2 will be stored - and over 200 million additional barrels of oil are expected to be recovered - through the project by the year 2035.