CTSCo is funded to deliver the Feasibility Study/Front End Engineering Design (FEED) Study Stage of the Integrated Surat Basin Carbon Capture and Storage Project. The completion of future stages will be dependent on further regulatory permits and industry funding approvals. If these are provided, it is anticipated the first storage of CO2 for this demonstration project will likely occur by about 2020/21.
2009 – 2014
As a preliminary step, CTSCo obtained a Greenhouse Gas Exploration Permit (EPQ7) in 2012, after an assessment by the Queensland Government’s Department of Natural Resources and Mines.
CTSCo was granted an Environmental Authority to drill wells, acquire seismic survey data, and construct access roads and other facilities, under the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Storage Act of 2009.
We successfully completed the pre-feasibility study stage with extensive analysis of existing Surat Basin data, the drilling of an exploration well, and the acquisition of new well data.
Feasibility Study / Front End Engineering Design (FEED) Study Stage
2014 – 2018
This study stage of the project, which is expected to run until late 2017, aims to further verify that the Glencore-owned site is suitable for Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS). It will also provide environmental baselines and further rock properties modeling to support the permitting process for a demonstration-scale CO2 test injection. No CO2 collection or storage will take place during this study stage.
The Feasibility Study/FEED Study Stage will specifically examine geological and environmental factors to provide a baseline for ongoing monitoring and comparison. Once these studies have been completed and potential storage and impacts assessed in detail, we would then seek appropriate permits and approvals to move to the next stage.
During this study stage, the project team will continue to engage the Wandoan community and address any questions, concerns or issues they may have.
Once further data and studies on the layers and types of rock deep underground have been completed, the CO2 storage potential and impacts of the site can be assessed in detail. CTSCo would then seek appropriate permits and approvals to go to the next stage.
Potential Future Stages
Financial Investment Decision (FID) / Construction and Commissioning Stage 2018/19 - 2020/21*
Subject to financial and environmental approvals, approval will be sought to move into construction of a demonstration post-combustion capture (PCC) plant, linked to an existing power station within the Surat Basin and the installation of field equipment for storing CO2.
This post-combustion capture technology and associated in-field injection equipment will be constructed during this stage, to prepare for the completion of the following stage - test injection of CO2. PCC technology is well developed and in place on several projects around the world.
The post-combustion capture technology will separate CO2 from any coal or gas-fired power station’s combustion exhaust gases. Once CO2 has been captured from a nearby existing coal-fired power station, it will then be compressed into a liquid suitable for storage and transported for test injection deep underground.
*Estimated project timeline
Demonstration-scale Test Injection Stage
2020/21 - 2023/24*
Once construction is completed, it is intended that demonstration of carbon storage will commence on the Glencore owned land from about 2020/21.
A single injection well will carry CO2 deep into rock formations approximately 1.1km below the surface, where it will be permanently and safely stored within the subsurface below and within the boundary of Glenhaven (Glencore owned land).
Storage of CO2 will be closely monitored, during and after injection, on an ongoing basis, including decommissioning as required.
*Estimated project timeline