Recovering Oil Stranded in Wyoming Oil Fields

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The Director of the University of Wyoming Enhanced Oil Recovery Institute says tens of billions of barrels of oil remain stranded in Wyoming's aging oil fields. David Mohrbacher says the University’s Energy Innovation Center can help the state’s small oil operators retrieve 5 to 15 percent of the state’s stranded oil reserves.

Mohrbacher says approximately 14 percent of Wyoming’s oil was produced using carbon dioxide enhanced oil recovery during 2011, and production using this method will increase as several new floods are initiated during the next few years. In 2010, Wyoming ranked eighth in the nation in the production of crude oil.

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