The Australian federal government has announced grants totalling AUS$23.7 million to seven applicants under the Carbon Capture and Storage Research Development and Demonstration (CCS RD&D) Fund.
The CCS RD&D Fund provides funding for CCS projects with a particular focus on transport and storage. It supports the Australian government commitment to reducing the technical and commercial barriers to the deployment of large-scale CCS projects.
Announcing the grants, the Minister for Resources and Northern Australia Matt Canavan acknowledged the role that fossil fuels will continue to play in future and the vital role CCS would play to Australia’s emission reduction goal.
“Both Australia and international energy forecasts show that fossil fuels will have a significant share of the energy mix over the next few decades,” said Canavan. “I expect CCS will make an important contribution to the government’s emission reduction goals.”
A number of coal-related projects were including in the grants, including Glencore Carbon Transport and Storage Co.’s (CTSCo) integrated Surat Basin CCS project, which received the largest grant of AUS$8.775 million.
CTSCo’s project incorporates the design and construction of injection facilities at Glencore’s Glenhaven property for the injection and monitoring or carbon dioxide source from a post-combustion plant at a Queensland power station. The project is also supports by the coal industry’s ACALET fund.
“This is an important development for the project and demonstrates the continuing contribution by Glencore and the coal industry to R&D of low-emission technology solutions for fossil fuels that can be scaled up safely and commercially around the world,” said Mick Buffier, a Group Executive at Glencore’s global coal business.
Also receiving funding is a project at AGL Loy Yang lignite-fired power plant, which will see a post-combustion CO2 capture plant operated in two 5000 hr experimental campaigns. Japanese company, IHI, will supply the carbon capture plant.
The project is also supported through Brown Coal Innovation Australia, a not-for-profit company that promotes innovation and emissions reduction technologies in the lignite sector.
Edited by Jonathan Rowland.
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