Australia to launch carbon capture project

Australia will officially launch its first demonstration of carbon dioxide capture and geological storage on Wednesday.

The A$40-million (US$37 million) Otway Project plans to simulate the capture of CO2 from a power station by extracting naturally trapped CO2 and transporting it several kilometres by pipeline, before storing the carbon around two kilometres beneath the Earth’s surface in a depleted gas field. The project will eventually store 100,000 tonnes of CO2.

Researchers will monitor the behavior of the injected and stored carbon and measure CO2 levels in the surrounding groundwater, soil and
air. The researchers began baseline monitoring of the storage site in2006.

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