The Otway Project in Victoria has demonstrated CO2 can be stored safely underground in Australia The Callide Oxyfuel Project in Queensland is the largest demonstration of oxyfuel technology in the world to date The IEA says CCS is a critical component in the portfolio of low-carbon technologies combating climate change The IEA expects CCS to contribute 14% of global emissions reduction by 2050 The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says without CCS, the cost of reducing emissions to 2100 increases 138% Canada’s Boundary Dam – the first large scale CCS project in the power sector – began operation in October 2014 Since 1986, the Sleipner Project has been storing a million tonnes of CO2 per year in the North Sea

Other Australian activities

There are various other activities underway in Australia. These include:

  • Gorgon – the Chevron operated Gorgon Joint Venture’s investment in the world's largest commercial-scale CO2 injection facility is currently under construction in Western Australia. The project will commence injection in 2016 of between 3.4 and 4.1 million tonnes of CO2 a year.
  • CarbonNet – currently in Feasibility and Commercial Definition Stage, which is investigating the potential for establishing a world class, large scale, multi-user carbon capture and storage network. The network could integrate multiple carbon dioxide capture projects in Victoria's Gippsland region, transporting the CO2 via a common-use pipeline and injecting it into deep offshore underground storage. The current phase of the project is focused on extensive research, engineering and commercial studies being undertaken, including modelling of potential CO2 storage sites.
  • CSIRO mobile post-combustion capture facility at Loy Yang Power – this is capturing around 1000 tonnes of CO2 each year. The facility is investigating a range of solvent technologies for CO2 capture.
  • South West Hub – is Western Australia’s first on-shore Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) trial project. The current phase involves pre-competitive data acquisition and analysis to test the suitability and capacity of the location’s geology.

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