Lewa: Cooperation in Carbon Capture & Storage (CCS)

Lewa GmbH and Burckhardt Compression AG join forces.

It seems that fossil fuels will continue to be the primary source of energy in the decades to come. However, solutions for the accompanying problems – for example the creation of greenhouse gases –
have to be provided. Lewa and Burckhardt Compression have taken up the challenge of this task. In the future both enterprises are going to jointly manufacture systems that not only

  • increase the production capacity of oil, but
  • simultaneously decrease the emission of ecologically harmful gases.

Since the global oil reserves keep dwindling, methods of enhanced oil recovery (EOR) have been deployed in the extraction of oil for many years. In this process, chemicals or gases like carbon dioxide
are injected into oil fields in order to increase the underground pressure and reduce the crude oil’s viscosity. Thus the oil is virtually pressed upward. Thanks to this method the yield of a reservoir can
be up to 60 %, whereas only 20 % to 40 % can be achieved with primary and secondary recovery.

In the course of the partnership between Lewa and Burckhardt Compression this EOR will be combined with the carbon capture & storage technology (CCS). The seminal CCS technology is arguably
one of the most effective means to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. This is because acid gases, such as hydrogen sulphide (H2S) and carbon dioxide, that occur during oil
production are captured and sequestrated. Afterwards they are stored in underground rock formations.

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