The Integrated Surat Basin Carbon Capture and Storage Project is located in Queensland, 15km from Wandoan. Wandoan is approximately 400 km north-west of Brisbane and is a local agricultural centre.
The resource industry, including oil and gas, has been present in the area for around 50 years. It's estimated that more than 1600 conventional oil and gas wells have been drilled in the Surat Basin during this period.
In recent years, large-scale resource companies including QGC, Santos, Origin Energy have drilled in excess of 7,000 CSG wells within the region, most of which are now producing gas.
The Wandoan community and resource companies have a long history of working together. The community have developed a good understanding of resource development and operation activity. CTSCo is committed to working with the local community to ensure the benefits of the project and its potential operations are clearly demonstrated.
Why the Surat Basin and Wandoan?
The Surat Basin was chosen to host this demonstration project for a number of reasons:
The 2009 National Carbon Storage Taskforce report and the Queensland Government Greenhouse Gas Storage Atlas identified the Surat Basin as a key geostorage area.
The Geology of the Area
Almost 3 billion tonnes of CO2 theoretical storage potential is available in the area. Precipice Sandstone (aquifer) accounts for 1.3 billion tonnes of theoretical storage potential.
Close to Power Stations
There are a significant number of coal-fired power stations nearby in the Surat Basin, meaning the source of the CO2 and the storage are co-located, reducing transportation costs.