A COLLABORATION between the successful collaboration between the CO2 Cooperative Research Centre’s (CO2CRC) Otway project in Victoria and the Callide Oxyfuel project in central Queensland has concluded.

A research collaboration between the two projects involved carbon dioxide being captured during Callide Oxyfuel trials and transported to the CO2CRC site, where it was subjected to a number of geochemical experiments.

The experiments were conducted to strengthen the knowledge of long-term permanent storage and were the first time in Australia that emissions from an operating power station were captured and stored, the organisation said.

CO2CRC’s newly appointed chairman Martin Ferguson said the Callide Oxyfuel project helped create a pathway for the design and construction of larger scale oxy-combustion plants with carbon capture.

“The importance of that contribution should not be underestimated,” he said.

“Queensland’s Callide Oxyfuel project was a world first demonstration in industrial scale carbon capture technology and CO2CRC’s Otway project is Australia’s first carbon dioxide geological storage demonstration site – together these projects have made a significant contribution to the progression of carbon capture and storage,” he said.

“CO2CRC is evaluating the results from the Callide project, and will continue to work with industry to develop CCS as a key technology for large scale emissions reduction,” Mr Ferguson added.

The Cooperative Research Centre said the Otway project site was ideal for CO2CRC to work with industry as it is representative of conditions likely to be found in real operations.

Other research projects being undertaken at CO2CRC’s Otway project site include a high resolution monitoring program which will test and validate existing research and models on the movement of CO2 stored 1,400 metres underground.

CO2CRC is also undertaking the design and installation of an adsorption and membrane field facility to test and evaluate CO2CRC’s technologies for separation of CO2 during natural gas processing.

In a statement in late February, the organisation said the Otway project site was looking active above ground with a drilling rig onsite and a monitoring system being installed.

The next phase of monitoring is part of CO2CRC’s new program of research undertaken as part of funding received last year from the Australian and Victorian governments, the Australian coal industry’s COAL21 fund and CO2CRC members, the organisation said.