Our future focus
Through funding targeted projects, COAL21 will continue to build community confidence in CCS technology for safe, long-term CO2 storage, demonstrate safe abatement of fugitive emissions from coal mines, and assist in making the case for coal to remain a key part of Australia’s future energy supply.
Specifically, COAL21 plans to:
advance geological storage of CO2, with PCC as the preferred capture option in the short term and oxyfuel a valuable option in the longer term
deliver an industrial-scale CCS demonstration by 2025 through extension of the current CTSCo project. The demonstration would use the geological storage site identified in Queensland’s Surat Basin and a commercial PCC module to capture CO2 at a nearby power station.
conduct high-level estimates of storage capacity in NSW and Queensland basins to complement the demonstration in the Surat Basin
demonstrate the safe abatement of fugitive methane from coal mines by completing existing projects and with funding for a follow-on project if required.