Carbon Capture and Storage Flagships Program

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The Carbon Capture and Storage Flagships program is an Australian government program "designed to accelerate the development and demonstration of CCS technologies" by "supporting a small number of demonstration projects". The Department of Energy, Resources and Tourism states that the "program supports the construction of 2 to 4 commercial scale CCS projects with an electricity generating capacity of 1000 mega watts or equivalent size for other industrial processes."[1]

Assessment of nominated projects

The department appointed an "Independent Assessment Panel (IAP) of technical and commercial experts to assist by assessing projects and providing recommendations to the Government". The members of the IAP are:

Shortlisted projects

In December 2009 the federal Minister for Resources, Energy and Tourism Martin Ferguson announced that four projects had been shortlistted.[2] These are:[1]

  • "The Wandoan Power Project located north-west of Brisbane, Queensland, an Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC) coal fired power project.
  • The ZeroGen project located west of Gladstone in Queensland; also an IGCC project.
  • The Collie South West Hub located south of Perth in Western Australia in close proximity to the industrial centres of Kwinana and Collie and based around an integrated multi-user capture, transport and storage infrastructure project.
  • The CarbonNet proposal in Victoria’s La Trobe valley, another integrated multi-user capture, transport and storage infrastructure project, with sources of CO2 from electricity generating plans in that area."

Budget

In May 2010 the Australian government stated that it had committed $2.0 billion in funding to the program.[3]

Program Website

Website: http://www.ret.gov.au/energy/energy%20programs/cei/ccsfp/Pages/default.aspx

Articles and resources

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Carbon Capture and Storage Flagships Program:Introduction", Department of Energy, Resources and Tourism, accessed May 2010.
  2. Martin Ferguson, "CCS Flagship projects short-listed", Media Release, December 8, 2009.
  3. Australian government, "Part 2: Expense Measures (Continued): Resources, Energy and Tourism", Australian government budget papers, May 2010.

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