Australian CCS sites open doors to Malaysian researchers

Monday, 15 April 2013

Twelve Malaysian delegates will this week participate in a Global CCS Institute–sponsored study tour of Australian carbon capture and storage (CCS) sites as part of the Institute’s capacity building program for Malaysia and the Malaysia–Australia Free Trade Agreement (FTA).

The tour has been designed to provide participants with a snapshot of key aspects of CCS and Australia’s approach to researching them, including:

  • algae capture at the Tarong Power Plant in Queensland
  • a post-combustion capture research laboratory and storage of carbon dioxide in deep un-minable coal beds at the CSIRO Energy Centre in Newcastle
  • a broad range of capture technologies used by CO2CRC pilot projects at the Hazelwood Power Plant in Victoria
  • storage of carbon dioxide in more ‘traditional’ depleted oil and gas reservoirs and saline aquifers at the CO2CRC’s Otway Project in Victoria.

The tour group will comprise five representatives from the research arm of Malaysia’s main energy provider, Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) Research, four university academics, two officials from the Ministry of Science Technology and Innovation, and an official from the Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water.

“We are pleased to support TNB Research, in particular, as it prepares to meet the challenges involved in the important but ambitious task of developing a CCS pilot project,” Institute CEO Brad Page said today.

“There are clear correlations between the FTA objectives and the Institute’s capacity development program for Malaysia, which aims to help pave the way for CCS by building in-country expertise. We hope our visitors from TNB Research will find visiting some Australian CCS sites a useful exercise.

“Likewise, we are delighted to provide this learning opportunity to our other visitors from Malaysia, who have previously participated with TNB Research colleagues in Institute capacity development activities, including a train-the-trainer workshop aimed at up-skilling university professors to teach a CCS course at their respective universities.”

The main objectives of the FTA cooperation are to:

  • build TNB’s CCS technical capacity, especially in relation to amine-based and micro algae-based capture technologies
  • build relationships between research organisations in Australia and Malaysia that are working on CCS
  • provide TNB Research an appreciation of an existing carbon capture pilot–scale project.

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About the Global CCS Institute

The Global CCS Institute accelerates the adoption of carbon capture and storage (CCS), a key solution in mitigating climate change and providing energy security.

The Institute advocates for CCS as one of the many options required to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, both from power generation and industrial sources. It shares information from its international Membership (of 368), while building capacity to ensure that CCS can become a widely-used technology as quickly as possible.

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