This project is being led by Victoria’s state government. No stakeholders have yet been identified.
To create a transport and storage hub for capturing CO2 emissions from large-scale emitters in the Latrobe Valley
The state of Victoria is planning a transport-and-storage hub for capturing CO2 emissions from industries in the Latrobe Valley, including coal-fired power stations. The project aims to capture between 4 and 10 million tonnes per annum of CO2, which would then be transported, via an infrastructure open to multiple industry users, to suitable on and offshore geological storage sites. This shared network would be developed in stages over a ten-year period or longer. The CarbonNet project is managed by the Victorian Department of Primary Industries (DPI) in partnership with industry and organisations such as CSIRO, CO2CRC and Australian National Low Emissions Coal Research & Development.
Trials have already shown that Victoria has good potential for sequestration, in particular at Nirranda in the south-west of the state, where 60,000 tonnes of CO2 have already been stored. Victoria CarbonNet has emerged from Victoria’s $110 million Energy Technology Innovation Strategy (ETIS).
Latrobe Valley already hosts a CCS research hub – led by CO2CRC – which is exploring commercially-viable methods for reducing CO2 emissions at brown coal-fired power plants. Seven linked research projects have secured funding from ETIS.
In November 2011, Australia's national research agency CSIRO published a literature review as part of the management of basin resources, and of direct relevance to the Collie Hub, CarbonNet and Wandoan CCS projects. This review contains information on identified resources, geological assessments and an analysis of data still required by the three key projects.
In February 2012, the Australian government’s CCS Flagships Program awarded Victorian CarbonNet $70 million, and the Victorian state government pledged $30m, towards feasibility studies. The previous month, the project was awarded funding of A$230,000 by the Global CCS Institute towards conducting a measuring, monitoring, and verification study of stored emissions modelling as well as testing of potential CO2 storage sites (see ZERO article link below).
Start-up is planned for between 2015 and 2019, and work is currently focusing on feasibility studies (which will be completed early 2015, according the schedule) and the assessment of CO2 storage reservoirs. This will be followed by data appraisal well drilling. Investigation into viable and cost-effective capture plants and technologies is under way along with an assessment of regulatory requirements, the development of a business model to attract investment and ongoing stakeholder engagement. Transport pipeline routes are also being considered.
More information and press releases
Richard Brookie, project director, at the Department of Primary Industries, +61 3 96584206, or email Richard.Brookie@dpi.vic.gov.au
Contact CCS Flagship Program by emailing CCSFlagships@ret.gov.au, or call Victorian State Government on +61-3 9603 8806