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Geologic carbon dioxide sequestration from the Mexican oil industry : an action plan

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dc.contributor.advisor Lawrence Susskind. en_US Lacy, Rodolfo en_US
dc.contributor.other Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Urban Studies and Planning. en_US
dc.coverage.spatial n-mx--- en_US 2006-06-19T17:37:07Z 2006-06-19T17:37:07Z 2005 en_US 2005 en_US
dc.description Thesis (S.M.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Urban Studies and Planning, 2005. en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (p. 83-86). en_US
dc.description.abstract Climate change has become an important focus of international environmental negotiations. In response, global energy corporations have been looking for practical ways of reducing their industrial carbon dioxide (CO₂) emissions. Capturing massive quantities of CO₂ from flue gases (at large stationary sources) and storing them in geologic formations is a technically feasible and ecologically convenient way to close the "fossil fuel life cycle." CO₂ can be injected into mature oil reservoirs to enhance their productivity at the same time as it is being stored. Indeed, carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies - combined with enhanced oil recovery operations (EOR) - offer a very attractive strategy for mitigating the adverse global impacts of energy production. The potential of this strategy may be crucial to the future development of the oil and electricity industries in signatory countries to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). These signatories and their major corporations have research initiatives underway to deploy and test CCS-EOR. If these projects are successful, they will make it easier to achieve compliance with Kyoto Protocol emissions target and provide an impetus for the Clean Development Mechanism (part of the Kyoto Protocol) to support CCS. Mexico, one of the leading oil producers and consumers in the developing world, is not yet participating fully in these initiatives, despite the commercial, economic, and environmental advantages they appear to offer. en_US
dc.description.abstract (cont.) The main purpose of this thesis is to describe the industrial limitations, financial constraints, and institutional barriers, at both the national and international levels, that appear to inhibit Mexico's participation in CCS initiatives and to suggest ways of overcoming them. I look particularly at one of Mexico's most productive but rapidly depleting oil reservoirs: Cantarell. My analysis of this case suggests that it would be quite desirable to include CCS- EOR as part of' Mexico's efforts to meet its Kyoto Protocol objectives while at the same time enhancing the profitability of the Mexican energy sector. en_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibility by Rodolfo Lacy Tamayo. en_US
dc.format.extent 86 p. en_US
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dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Massachusetts Institute of Technology en_US
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dc.subject Urban Studies and Planning. en_US
dc.title Geologic carbon dioxide sequestration from the Mexican oil industry : an action plan en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US S.M. en_US
dc.contributor.department Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Urban Studies and Planning. en_US
dc.identifier.oclc 62139532 en_US

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