Carbon capture and use given go ahead

The federal government has awarded six companies a share in the Government’s $50 million Carbon Capture, Use and Storage (CCUS) Development Fund.

Part of a $1.9 billion new energy technologies package announced in the 2020-21 Budget, the government aims to accelerate the development of the technology in Australia, reducing emissions and supporting new economic opportunities.

The successful applicants are:

  • Santos Limited – up to $15 million towards the low-cost capture and storage of CO2 emitted from Santos’s Moomba LNG operations for permanent storage in the Cooper Basin, South Australia (pictured)
  • Mineral Carbonation International – up to $14.6 million towards the construction of a mobile demonstration plant that captures and uses CO2 to produce manufacturing and construction materials, such as concrete, plasterboard and fire-retardant materials on Kooragang Island, New South Wales
  • Energy Developments Pty Ltd – up to $9 million towards the capture and use of CO2 emitted from the production of biomethane at landfill sites across multiple locations across Australia for use in cement carbonation curing
  • Carbon Transport and Storage Company – up to $5 million to demonstrate the viability of carbon capture and storage from a coal-fired power station in Queensland and support the development of a geological storage basin in the Surat Basin
  • Corporate Carbon Advisory Pty Ltd – up to $4 million towards Australia’s first demonstration of a direct-air-capture (DAC) and storage project to geologically sequester CO2 in an existing injection well in Moomba, SA
  • And Boral Limited – up to $2.4 million towards a pilot scale carbon capture and use project to improve the quality of recycled concrete, masonry and steel slag aggregates at New Berrima, NSW

Together, these projects will create close to 470 direct jobs and deliver $412 million of investment, much of this in regional areas.

Minister for emissions reduction Angus Taylor said: “We received funding applications to support $1.2 billion of investment in carbon capture projects and technologies.

“The projects we have supported through this program include a number of exciting, Australian-first technology demonstrations.”

Analysis by the International Energy Agency shows that half the global reductions required to achieve net zero will come from technologies that are not yet ready for commercial deployment.

Picture: Santos Moomba gas processing plant

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