C02CRC Otway Project
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The C02CRC Otway Project is a proposed carbon dioxide storage demonstration project which is proposed to inject 100,000 tonnes of compressed CO2 rich gas into a depleted natural gas field 2 km below the surface and about 30 km east of Warrnambool in Victoria’s south-west, within the geological formation known as the Otway Basin. A promotional brochure describes the project as "the world's largest research and geosequestration demonstration project".
The project was announced in April 2008 and welcomed by WWF Australia. "Carbon storage plants like Otway are necessary to determine whether CCS is practical for reducing greenhouse gas emissions; however more demonstration projects are needed," a media release issued in the name of WWF's Paul Toni stated.
Greenpeace spokesman Mark Wakeham told the Stateline program that "I guess you have to be asking the question, why are they trialling this technology in a paddock near Warrnambool instead of at a power station in the Latrobe Valley. If they were fair dinkum about using this technology in the next decade or two, they'd be applying it to an existing coal fired power station."
Articles and Resources
- CO2CRC, "CO2CRC Otway Project", undated, accessed April 2008.
- Australia's CO2CRC Launches First Carbon Storage Project in Southern Hemisphere", Media Release, April 2, 2008.
- "Otway a good start, but industry must boost CCS funding: WWF", Media Release, April 2, 2008.
- Kathy Bowlen, "The Victorian project aimed at testing a controversial climate change solution", Stateline Victoria, ABC TV, March 14, 2008.