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21 October 2019
In this edition
  • Pelican offshore appraisal well drilling update
  • Victoria's Minister for Resources visits the CO2CRC Otway CCS facility
  • Professor Julia King (Baroness Brown) speaks on net zero emissions for the UK
  • CCS news from around the world
  • Upcoming events
Pelican offshore appraisal well update

CarbonNet is expected to commence drilling an offshore appraisal well from late November 2019 at the Pelican site in Bass Strait. Exact timing is dependent on logistics and weather.

The drilling is expected to take between 45 and 60 days. The rig will be located approximately 8km offshore from Gippsland in Commonwealth waters.

An Environment Plan (EP) for the offshore appraisal well was approved by the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA) in April 2019, and an EP Summary is available on the NOPSEMA website.

Along with the data acquired from the marine seismic survey and the recent geophysical and geotechnical investigations, the well will verify the properties of rock layers below the seabed and confirm its suitability to store carbon dioxide.

During the operational phase if stakeholders have any questions or concerns they can contact CarbonNet's Drilling Management Contractor AGR on 1800 312 966.

CarbonNet will hold several drop-in sessions at the Golden Beach Community Hall during the drilling operations. Location, dates and times will be advised in the November newsletter.

Read more about the offshore appraisal well drilling.

Image: The 'Tom Prosser' drilling rig, courtesy Noble Corporation.

The 'Tom Prosser' drilling rig
Resources Minister visits Otway CCS research facility
Victoria's Minister for Resources Jaclyn Symes visiting the CO2CRC's CCS research facility

Victoria's Minister for Resources Jaclyn Symes visited the CO2CRC's CCS research facility in the south-west of the state last week. CO2CRC is working to develop a cost-effective way to monitor stored carbon dioxide (CO2) in real time.

The facility near Port Campbell has been operating since 2008 and is Australia's first demonstration of deep geological storage for CO2 – the most common greenhouse gas. More than 80,000 tonnes of CO2 has been injected underground.

A third stage of works is under way at the facility, with four 1.6-kilometre-deep monitoring wells now drilled and fitted with fibre-optic cables and other technology to reduce the cost of monitoring stored CO2.

The research can be applied to onshore and offshore environments, making it a valuable investment for a range of potential uses - including the CarbonNet Project - which is investigating the potential for a commercial-scale CCS network in Gippsland.

Read more about the Minister's visit.

Image: CO2CRC

Baroness Brown on net zero emissions for the UK

Professor Julia King (Baroness Brown of Cambridge) was recently in Australia to give a series of lectures on the UK's contribution to halting global warming and related topics.

Professor King, who spoke at the Peter Cook Centre for CCS Research at the University of Melbourne in early October, was the UK Parliament's deputy Chair of the Committee on Climate Change that produced the May 2019 report "Net Zero: the UK's contribution to stopping global warming".

Professor King addressed several topics including the UK's net zero emissions target, building a hydrogen energy system, the role of CCS and the required pace of change.

Image: UK Parliament

Professor Julia King (Baroness Brown of Cambridge)
CCS news from around the world

DeepOcean on LinkedIn

10 October 2019 - "DeepOcean (is) installing subsea structure for Equinor's Northern Lights project, which could be the world's first storage facility that can receive CO2 from emission sources on land".

Read the post on LinkedIn (login required).

Image: DeepOcean

This is what you need to know about carbon capture and storage

8 October 2019 - 'Why is there so much talk about storing CO2 underground? Doesn't it cost more than it's worth? Here we provide the research scientists' answers and explanations of why CCS is climate technology that we are completely dependent on'.

Read more about CCS as a climate technology.

Upcoming events
  • 6th Annual International Mining and Resources Conference and Expo (IMARC Melbourne), 29-31 October 2019
  • CarbonNet Community Reference Group, 12 December 2019
Contact us

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CarbonNet is managed by the Victorian Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions, and is funded by the Australian and Victorian governments.