Blue Source is capturing vent stack CO2 flowing from the Apple Tree natural gas processing plant in La Veta, Colorado, to an oil recovery site which the company says is preventing millions of cubic feet of CO2 from entering the atmosphere every day.
Prior to the start of the project, approximately 20 million cubic feet per day of CO2 was vented to the atmosphere. The gases are now captured from the vent-stack and travel through pipelines to be sequestered in oil recovery projects. Blue Source has an agreement to sell all of the Verified Emission Reductions that will be produced from the project.
The Apple Tree natural gas processing plant required a capital investment of approximately $8 million to connect the vent stack carbon dioxide source into a CO2 transportation pipeline. The CO2 now travels 16 miles to join the Sheep Mountain CO2 Pipeline.
The Blue Lake CO2 Pipeline project began construction in 2005 and is now creating 400,000 tonnes of CO2 emission reductions each year through carbon capture and storage. The company expects the captured volume will rise to over 500,000 tonnes per year.