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Tarong PCC Project

Brief description:


Main developer: CSIRO

Country: Australia

Project type: Capture

Scale: Small

One of two pilots to test post-combustion CO2 capture for coal-fired power plants as part of APP

Status: Completed

Capital cost: A$5 million

Year of operation 2010
Industry: Coal Power Plant

Capture method: Post-combustion

Capture technology: Amine
New or retrofit: Retrofit
Transport of CO2 by: none

Type of storage: Not decided

Volume: 1500 tonnes/CO2


Diagram of Tarong's post-combustion capture

The Tarong PCC pilot project was a partnership between Stanwell Corporation and CSIRO to design, build and operate a pilot plant at the coal-fired Tarong Power Station in Queensland. The A$5 million post-combustion capture plant tested the use of amine-based solvents on flue gases at the coal-fired facility, and aimed to capture at the rate of 1000 tonnes of CO2 per annum. The pilot was concluded in 2011.

Tarong PCC was one of two Australian pilots being run by CSIRO as part of the Asia Pacific Partnership (APP) on Clean Development and Climate’s project CFE-06-06, to test post-combustion CO2 capture for coal-fired power plants. The second pilot was Munmorah PCC. results from both pilots can be found in the June 2012 APP project report - download here.

In April 2012, CSIRO reported good results from the PCC capture trials at Tarong, as well as Loy Yang in New South Wales (also under CSIRO's research remit). The agency said results meant the technology was now "technically available to the industry", although commentators said commercial-scale use was still some way off.


CSIRO and Stanwell Corp each contributed A$2.5 million to the project. The Australian government provided a total of A$12 million towards the overall APP project.


Design of the pilot plant was carried out in 2009, with construction and start-up in 2010. The pilot concluded in 2011.

More information and press releases

CSIRO press release, 2 December 2010

CSIRO press release on 9 Sept 2008 announcing project

APP project roster with links to project update

Contact info

Main developer: CSIRO

Companies involved
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