Storing carbon dioxide deep underground
Continuing to provide the world with increasing amounts of energy in an emissions-constrained global environment is a continuing challenge for the petroleum industry. Carbon dioxide storage, one of a number of technology options that could potentially reduce greenhouse gas emissions, carries strong synergies with oil and gas technologies, processes, environments and capabilities. The existing relationships between WA:ERA and the petroleum industry provide a significant springboard for the extension of carbon storage research in support of emissions reduction.
WA:ERA scientists have participated in major commercial Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) projects internationally, including Sleipner, Weyburn, Gorgon, and In Salah, and are active in the global network of CCS research. They have already demonstrated significant expertise in optimising the potential for CO2 underground storage through applied research under the auspices of the Cooperative Research Centre for Greenhouse Gas Technologies (CO2CRC) Otway Project, Australia’s largest CO2 storage project, and continue to play an important role in the project.
Further information can be found at National Geosequestration Laboratory (NGL).