Carbon Capture and Storage Flagships Program

The Carbon Capture and Storage Flagships Program (CCS Flagships) was established in May 2009.

The program promotes the wider dissemination of CCS technologies by supporting a small number of demonstration projects that capture carbon dioxide emissions from industrial processes, provide transport infrastructure (generally pipelines) and safely store carbon dioxide underground in stable geological formations.

Funding for CCS Flagships will help prove up Australia’s geological storage resources, trial CCS transport and storage technologies, build skills and capacity, and allow for strategic collaboration with promising international projects.  

How to apply

Current program funds are fully committed.

CCS Flagships Projects

South West Hub

The South West Hub project is collecting and analysing data and samples from the Lesueur Sandstone formation to test its feasibility as a carbon dioxide storage reservoir. The project received funding of $32.1 million from the Australian Government, and is managed and co-funded by the Western Australian Government through the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS). The project will be completed in June 2018.

CarbonNet

The CarbonNet project investigates the potential for a large scale CCS network in the Gippsland region of Victoria. The network has the potential to cover multiple sources of carbon dioxide captured from industrial plants or power stations, with the carbon dioxide transported via a shared pipeline and injected offshore in a deep sub-sea storage formation. If proved viable, CarbonNet could enable innovative new industries in the Gippsland region that would secure jobs, boost skills and attract investment while strengthening Victoria’s energy security in a carbon constrained future.

CarbonNet is managed and co-funded by the Australian and Victorian governments. The Australian Government has committed $95.2 million to the current phases of project, designed to confirm the storage resource. The current phase of the project will be completed in June 2020.

Otway Geological Storage and Monitoring Demonstration Project

The Otway Geological Storage and Monitoring Demonstration project in Victoria is Australia’s first demonstration of deep geological storage. It is making an internationally significant contribution to carbon dioxide storage science and engineering while refining and testing technology under Australian conditions. The project includes an internationally renowned monitoring program.

Lessons learned from the project, particularly from the comprehensive monitoring program, will be shared with other carbon storage and capture projects around the world. The Australian Government has committed $25 million to the project, which is scheduled to be completed in June 2020.

Work at the Otway site also feeds into the CarbonNet project.

CCS Research, Development and Demonstration (RD&D) Fund

The CCS RD&D program aims to reduce the technical and commercial barriers to the deployment of large-scale CCS projects. Research priorities for the program are:

  • Subsurface knowledge and mapping
  • Transport infrastructure, technology and methodologies
  • Whole-of-chain integration and cross-cutting issues
  • Development of international collaboration.

The program’s funding of $24.9 million has been fully committed. Funded projects include:

  • CTSCO’s Integrated Surat Basin CCS Project
  • The Northern Australia Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Store
  • Australian subsurface carbon sequestration simulator
  • In situ laboratory to de-risk commercial deployment of carbon storage
  • Emissions study with IHI’s PCC pilot Plant at AGL Loy Yang Power station
  • Improving safety and efficiency of carbon dioxide pipeline
  • UQ Surat Deep Aquifer Appraisal Project.

Australia-China Post Combustion Capture Feasibility Study Project

The Australia-China post combustion capture feasibility study project completed in June 2017 is the centrepiece of the Australia‑China Joint Coordination Group on Clean Coal Technology. The Australian Government contribution of $11.5 million from the Carbon Capture and Storage Flagships Program has helped develop knowledge on low emissions fossil fuel technologies, reducing deployment costs and risks in Australia.

Wandoan Prefeasibility Study

The integrated Wandoan Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC) CCS Project was shortlisted for prefeasibility studies under the CCS Flagships Program in 2010. The project’s primary focus was carbon transportation and storage. In 2010, Stanwell Corporation Limited (Stanwell) and GE Energy LLC (GE), working as the Wandoan Power Consortium, conducted a prefeasibility study to assess the viability of an IGCC power station capturing 90 per cent of CO2 from the fuel stream for transport and storage by CTSCo Pty Ltd (CTSCo). A number of valuable insights were gained from the study and these are outlined in the Wandoan Prefeasibility Study knowledge sharing report.

ZeroGen Prefeasibility Study

The ZeroGen Project prefeasibility study focused on the critical pieces of work required to better assess the viability of storage solutions by 30 June 2010. The Project produced a fit for purpose prefeasibility study reviewed by an independent expert panel. Lessons that emerged from the study are outlined in the Zerogen case study.

Contact

LowEmissions@industry.gov.au

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