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28 November 2019
In this edition
  • Pelican offshore appraisal well drilling update and Golden Beach drop-in sessions
  • Watch CarbonNet's new film
  • Ten new large-scale CCS projects worldwide
  • University of Edinburgh free online CCS course
  • CCS news from around the world
  • Upcoming events
Pelican offshore appraisal well update

The Noble Tom Prosser drilling rig recently arrived in Victorian waters and CarbonNet is expecting to commence drilling its offshore appraisal well in early December 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 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.

Golden Beach drop-in sessions

During November, December and January several drop-in sessions will be held at Golden Beach. CarbonNet staff will be available to answer questions and provide information about the project.


November 29th
December 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th
January 3rd


11:30am to 1:00pm


Golden Beach Community Centre
1 Surf Edge Drive
Golden Beach VIC 3851

Come along and learn about the CarbonNet Project.

Read more about the offshore appraisal well drilling.

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

The 'Tom Prosser' drilling rig
Watch our new film!

CarbonNet recently released a film that provides an insight into carbon capture and storage worldwide and explains our project.

Watch our film.

Global CCS: ten large-scale projects announced

The Global CCS Institute has added 10 new large-scale projects to its database.

“There are now 51 CCS facilities globally – 19 in operation, four under construction, and 28 in various stages of development with an estimated combined capture capacity of 96 million tonnes of CO2 per annum”, said Brad Page, CEO, Global CCS Institute.

The new CCS projects cover a range of applications including ethanol production, direct air capture, power, ammonia production and integrated commercial storage hubs.

CCS is gaining momentum worldwide. The Institute noted the US Government’s sustained support for CCS deployment including the 45Q tax credit and the eligibility of CCS to receive credits under California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard.

Recently the US Department of Energy announced $110 million in federal funding for CCS, “including support for Front-End Engineering Design (FEED) Studies for nine CCS projects”, the Institute noted.

The Institute's 'Global Status of CCS 2019 Report' will be released on 9 December at the UN COP25 summit in Spain.

Read the Global CCS Institute Media Release.

Image: co2re global CCS facility database

University of Edinburgh free online CCS course

The University of Edinburgh is offering a free, five-week online course from 25 November - 'Climate Change: Carbon Capture and Storage'. The course involves 2-3 hours per week of class time including interactive exercises on the drivers of climate, CCS across the whole economy, capturing carbon, geological carbon storage and future prospects.

The course is taught by a team of leading academics at the University of Edinburgh with decades of experience in this field. It aims to bridge the gap between the latest developments in science, engineering, geology, policy and economics.

Watch Edinburgh University's introductory course video.

CCS news from around the world

Addressing barriers to transboundary carbon capture and storage
(International Maritime Organisation)

14 October 2019 - 'Transboundary export of carbon dioxide (CO2) for the purpose of carbon capture and storage (or "sequestration") can now be provisionally allowed under certain circumstances, Parties to the London Protocol have agreed.

The London Protocol provides the basis in international environmental law for Governments to allow carbon capture and storage (CCS) under the seabed - which is recognized as one tool in climate change mitigation, whilst ensuring protection of the marine environment'.

Read more about transboundary carbon capture and storage.

Net Zero Teesside: The UK's first decarbonised industrial cluster
(Net Zero Teesside)

'Net Zero Teesside is a Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage (CCUS) project, based in Teesside in the North East of aims to decarbonise a cluster of carbon-intensive businesses by as early as 2030. Each year the Project plans to capture up to 6 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions equivalent to the annual energy use of up to 2 million homes in the UK'.

Read more about Net Zero Teesside.

Negative-emission fuel agreement

10 October 2019 - 'Oxy Low Carbon Ventures, a wholly owned subsidiary of Occidental, will take, transport and store CO2 captured from the Bayou Fuels facility, when it is completed, enabling the production of transportation fuels that have a net negative carbon intensity, making it the first facility of its kind in the world'.

Read more about the production of negative-emission fuels.

Upcoming events
  • CarbonNet Community Reference Group, 12 December 2019
Contact us

For further information about the CarbonNet Project:

Phone: 136 186




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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.