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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:

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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

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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.

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conduct high-level estimates of storage capacity in NSW and Queensland basins to complement the demonstration in the Surat Basin

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demonstrate the safe abatement of fugitive methane from coal mines by completing existing projects and with funding for a follow-on project if required.