Current activities and key milestones

2014/2015

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Field activities (majority of activity on the Glenhaven property near Wandoan, owned by Glencore)

Soil surveys were undertaken by experts to inform the ongoing surface component of the environmental monitoring program and provide baseline data.

Field acquisition of a 3D seismic survey was undertaken on the Glenhaven property and data analysis is currently underway (approximately 9 months to complete assessment). This data will help us better understand the viability of the site geology for potential deep subsurface storage of carbon dioxide.

Community activity

We have completed an independent community baseline survey (with more than 60% response rate) to help us identify the important issues for the local community. This included understanding current attitudes towards industry activity within the region, attitudes towards low emissions energy options and climate change. The feedback from the community research has helped inform the local engagement program. A 14 page participants' report with the research results was provided to all respondents in January 2016.

2015/2016

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Field activities (majority of activity on the Glenhaven property near Wandoan, owned by Glencore)

The Project technical team is in the process of conducting environmental baseline monitoring for the project site (air, surface water and soil). This has also included installing equipment in the new Wandoan town bore to measure the baseline levels of CO2 and other components in the town water supply.

We have learnt the importance of establishing a multi-year baseline of natural variations in the environment. 

Community activity

Our  local engagement program includes working with local representatives. This collaborative engagement approach will shape communication activity that is appropriate and relevant to the Wandoan community about the project and the technical aspects of carbon storage.

2017

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Field activities (majority of activity on the Glenhaven property near Wandoan, owned by Glencore)

The Project technical team is currently implementing the baseline near surface environmental monitoring program for the project site. Data is currently being collected on air, shallow groundwater and soil vapour.  One key component of the baseline work is deploying systems to enable “Process Based Monitoring” on soil gas. This was developed by an international expert from the University of Texas, Dr Katherine Romanak. 

Dr Katherine Romanak

The University of Texas

Baseline work and data collection to support the water modelling continues to be a priority for the project team. Early baseline data on the town water supply from Wandoan town bore #3 is currently being collected.

The importance of establishing a multi-year baseline of natural variations in the environment has been acknowledged by independent experts. 

Community activity

Engaging with the local community continues to be a priority. We continue to work with local community leaders which has helped shape our communication activity that is appropriate for the Wandoan community. Under an open book approach, we also have engaged with regional and State based non-government organisations, local council and relevant state departments on the social and technical aspects of carbon storage.

Possible future activities

In the long term, if feasibility studies are positive, and an investment decision is made to proceed, activities could progress to inject small quantities of carbon dioxide deep underground around 2020. This will be confined to the Glenhaven property (owned by Glencore).

Engaging with our communities

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Achieving a social license to operate for our community, and maintaining this, will be critical for the project.

We are committed to working closely with local communities to fully investigate the potential economic, environmental, social and cultural implications of the proposed project. Like any major infrastructure project there are a number of steps and assessments that need to be successfully completed prior to the project commencing construction and operation into the test phase.

This project will be subject to a range of assessments and approvals including environmental, social and technical components under Local, State and Federal Government regulations.

Our Stakeholder Engagement Strategy builds on the foundations of key learnings from a number of CCS projects within Australia and overseas. We have applied these learnings to help shape an engagement program that is appropriate and relevant to both the local community and project stakeholders.

We have developed our community engagement program based on the AA1000 Stakeholder Engagement and the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) principles of stakeholder engagement.

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CTSCo’s stakeholder and community governance structure

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Geotechnical Reference Group:

This group comprises internal and external technical experts and scientists in geology, geophysics, storage and water. Key members of this group include:

Dr Clinton Foster 
Ex Geoscience Australia Chief Scientist - Geology

Professor Jim Underschultz
University of Queensland, Chair of Petroleum Hydrodynamics - ANLEC Storage Science Leader

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CTSCo Community and Stakeholder Engagement Reference Group:

The group comprises of communication leaders in the resource, academic and research sectors. Members of this group include:

Lucy Roberts

General Manager, Sustainable Development, Glencore Coal

Peta Ashworth

Research Consultant Climate and Energy Technology and Professor in Sustainable Energy Futures at the University of Queensland

Jonathan Hawkes

Director of Public Affairs for MCA. ACALET Representative

Fiona Nicholls

Independent contractor (Executive Director, F.N. Sustainability Pty Ltd)

Madeleine Verdich

Principal Advisor Human Rights and Policy at Rio Tinto. ACALAT Representative

Helen D'Arcy

Project Manager, Wandoan Coal Project at Glencore

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Wandoan Coal Project Community Reference Group (CRG):

Established in 2007, the CRG represents an important interface with the Wandoan Community for this stage of the project. Updates on the progress of the Integrated Surat Basin CCS Project and the activities being undertaken by CTSCo have been presented at regular meetings. Representatives of this local CRG include members of the Wandoan community, retired local councillors, business and community leaders including local landowners.

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Local engagement program:

A community baseline survey was conducted in the second half of 2015. As part of this survey, respondents were asked to identify local community members that they believe to be trusted and well-respected representatives of the Wandoan community. The CTSCo Stakeholder engagement team is engaging with these local representatives to help shape and implement a local community engagement program that is appropriate and relevant to the Wandoan community.