CCUS Western States

New Mexico – CUSP Lead

Map of New Mexico showing CO2 sources, sedimentary basins and saline storage regions.


In this map of New Mexico, the dots represent CO2 sources, the green areas identify sedimentary basins, and the gray areas identify saline storage regions. Map courtesy of DOE’s National Carbon Atlas.

New Mexico is well-situated for CCUS, having abundant CO2 emissions sources in proximity to excellent storage reservoirs as well as having existing CO2 transport infrastructure connecting Colorado, New Mexico, and west Texas. There is already a well-established history of CO2 use for enhanced oil recovery, so New Mexicans in many of the candidate areas are generally familiar with operations associated with CO2 transport and injection and can provide an experienced workforce.

The Petroleum Recovery Research Center (PRRC) at New Mexico Tech is the lead organization for CUSP. We have been actively involved in CO2 research almost from our earliest days, first as a means of enhanced oil recovery, and now putting that knowledge to use in advancing CO2 capture and storage. PRRC is the lead organization for one of CUSP’S predecessors, the Southwest Regional Partnership on Carbon Sequestration, and has several active research projects examining CCUS opportunities in the region including CUSP, CarbonSAFE in the San Juan Basin, the SWP’s Phase III project in the Texas panhandle, and a second project at that site focused on particular scientific aspects of the work there.

Robert Balch, State Lead
New Mexico Tech – PRRC
Phone: 575-835-5305
Mobile: 505-716-5414
Martha Cather
New Mexico Tech – PRRC
Phone: 575-835-5685
Jean-Lucien Fonquergne
New Mexico Tech – PRRC
Phone: 505-361-0231
Dana Ulmer-Scholle
New Mexico Tech
NM Bureau of Geology
& Mineral Resources

Petroleum Recovery and Research Center