Kinder Morgan briefed the Arizona Oil & Gas Conservation Commission on Friday about their plans to complete evaluation of the St. Johns carbon dioxide and helium field in eastern Arizona, and develop it as a major supplier to the oil fields of New Mexico and Texas. [Right, proposed pipeline routes. Credit, Kinder Morgan]
The company will drill new wells in 2012 and do more extensive testing of those than the previous operator did, to better see if they can improve performance and establish commercial production rates. Construction would begin in 2013 and the field would go into production in 2015.
If successful, Kinder Morgan foresees eventually drilling 250 wells in the field and building a 400 mile long, 20” diameter pipeline to the town of Denver City, on the Texas-New Mexico border to carry 450 million cubic feet per day (MMCFD) of carbon dioxide.
If the field production turns out to be less, the company would look at a 10” diameter to the northeast to connect with the CO2 pipeline from McElmo Dome.