HOUSTON, Sept. 3 /CNW/ - Enhanced Oil Resources Inc. (TSX-V: EOR) today
announces a joint venture agreement with GreenFire Energy (GreenFire) to
evaluate the potential for CO(2)-based geothermal power production
(CO(2)G(TM)) from the St Johns Dome area, located in Apache County, Arizona
and Catron County, New Mexico. The agreement calls for the construction of a
demonstration plant that will utilize supercritical carbon dioxide from the
dome to drive a demonstration geothermal power facility to be located nearby.
The demonstration project is expected to commence in 2010 with the drilling of
up to four deep wells to access high heat crystalline rock underlying the
dome. The construction of the demonstration plant will commence during 2011
and will initially be sized for 2 megawatts and will require up to 5 million
cubic feet per day of CO(2) at a purity of 95% for a period of at least 2
years. If the demonstration project is successful, modular commercial-scale
plants, each with a generating capacity of approximately 50 megawatts may be
built nearby. At maximum potential build-out using natural CO(2) from the St.
Johns Dome, the joint venture may have a generating capacity of 800 megawatts
and may require up to 500 million cubic feet of CO(2) per day for up to 25
The region in which the St. Johns Dome is located contains six major
coal-fired power plants that collectively emit about 90 million tons of CO(2)
per year. If a carbon tax is enacted, then the most economic way for these
power plants to sequester their carbon may be through CO(2)-based geothermal
energy production at the dome. As the CO(2) is cycled through the rock, a
portion of it is sequestered into the surrounding geologic materials. The
power generated by the geothermal plant can then drive the carbon capture
technology, which is energy intensive, at the coal-fired power plants.
Potentially, over 3,000 megawatts may be generated at the dome using
The St. Johns Dome area is considered to be in an optimal location at
which to develop CO(2)-based geothermal energy. This is due to its combination
of a large volume of low cost natural CO(2), the likely presence of a thermal
reservoir underlying the region and a local connection into the power grid. As
power plants around the world begin implementing carbon capture and
sequestration, many additional sites for CO(2)-based geothermal energy
projects may become available.
The joint venture intends to apply for funding from the Department of
Energy through the federal stimulus plan. In 2009, the DOE allocated $350MM
for geothermal energy projects. It has, however, allocated more than $3B for
carbon capture and sequestration projects. Similar federal funding
opportunities will likely exist in 2010 and beyond, with considerably more in
the proposed climate bill. The joint venture considers the St Johns project to
be eligible for funding through carbon capture and sequestration programs.
The agreement between EOR Inc and GreenFire provides each party an option
to participate for a 50% interest in the demonstration plant and any future
commercial plant. GreenFire will act as the Operator of the geothermal project
and EOR will act as Operator of the St. Johns field development.
Mr. Barry Lasker reports, "The agreement with GreenFire opens up an
additional exciting opportunity for the Company to monetize the resource at
the St. Johns dome. Our business plan to bring CO(2) to the Permian Basin
remains firmly in place; however, in today's carbon constrained world the
potential to extract our Helium resource, sequester our CO(2) and generate
renewable energy for the Country all within the confines of the St. Johns area
represents an intriguing opportunity for the Company. We are excited to work
with the team at GreenFire and we will provide additional details when they
come to hand."
CO(2)-based Geothermal Energy (CO(2)G(TM))
CO(2)-based geothermal energy systems have a wide range of potential
- The lowest combined capital and operational costs of any scalable
power generation system
- Virtually no air emissions
- Generates renewable energy
- Sequesters carbon
About GreenFire Partners LLC.
GreenFire Partners, LLC is a Delaware-based company doing business as
GreenFire Energy. The Company, currently headquartered in Salt Lake City, UT,
focuses on economic solutions to creating renewable energy. For more
information, please contact Mr. Randy Balik, VP of Business Development for
GreenFire Energy at (310) 341-5004 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Enhanced Oil Resources Inc.
Enhanced Oil Resources Inc. is an early-stage company, with two principal
business segments of
(i) Crude oil and natural gas production through enhanced oil recovery
("EOR") projects it is initiating in the Permian Basin on oil fields
acquired by the Company in 2007 and 2008 for that purpose.
(ii) Helium and CO(2) resource exploration and production through
property interests it controls in approximately 251,000 gross acres
of land within the St Johns Helium/CO(2) field in Arizona and New
Mexico, and where the Company is developing what is thought to be
the largest undeveloped helium and carbon dioxide field in North
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Barry D Lasker, CEO
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