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Under pressure to push gas

Race for CO2 is producing dividends, environmental issues

Under pressure to push gas

The towering silhouette of Kinder Morgan’s drilling rig stands out among the rolling hills northeast of Cahone. The company operates about 100 carbon dioxide wells in Dolores and Montezuma counties and plans to drill two more wells this year. The company has two drilling rigs in Southwest Colorado and may soon bring in a third completion rig, said Coy Bryant, the company’s carbon dioxide production manager.
Coy Bryant, carbon dioxide production manager for Kinder Morgan, goes over a maps of the company’s two production units in Southwest Colorado. The McElmo Dome Unit covers about 200,000 acres and the Doe Canyon Unit covers about 50,000 acres.
With demand for carbon dioxide booming, Kinder Morgan is investing $250 million to expand its drilling and processing operations in Dolores County. Coy Bryant walks down to the site of a new facility that will house a booster compressor used to process carbon dioxide flowing in from the Doe Canyon Unit.
Kinder Morgan is also adding another standard compressor to process carbon dioxide from its Doe Canyon Unit. Jeremy Morse, with Saulsbury Industries, works near the new compressor at the company’s facility 25 miles north of Cortez.
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