Life cycle implications of using CO2-based fracturing fluids as a substitute for slickwater

Andres Clarens, Anne Menefee, Buddy Wilkins, Tao Zhiyuan

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1. shale fracturing will create a large volume of pore space enhancing and preserving that pore space by avoiding water would be desirable 2. using CO2 as a fracturing fluid could produce major emissions reductions but learning and optimization will only take place through trial and error 3. shale has a number of favorable characteristics for storage low permeability, high TOC, high pressure 4. the Marcellus shale in PA has significant capacity it could store between 10.4-18.4 Gigatonnes CO2 before 2030 5. technoeconomics of the process for CCS are favorable storage in shales could reduce costs relative to greenfield saline sites by 5-10%.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCarbon Management Technology Conference, CMTC 2017
Subtitle of host publicationGlobal CCUS Innovation Nexus
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9781510848153
StatePublished - 2017
EventCarbon Management Technology Conference: Global CCUS Innovation Nexus, CMTC 2017 - Houston, United States
Duration: Jul 17 2017Jul 20 2017

Publication series

NameCarbon Management Technology Conference, CMTC 2017: Global CCUS Innovation Nexus


ConferenceCarbon Management Technology Conference: Global CCUS Innovation Nexus, CMTC 2017
Country/TerritoryUnited States

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Media Technology
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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