The State’s first onshore Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) project came under scrutiny of the Lesueur Community Consultative Group (LCCG) at its inaugural meeting last Wednesday (August 31).
Mines and Petroleum Minister Norman Moore said the group was established as part of the State Government’s commitment to involve local stakeholders in the development of CCS in the Collie Hub project.
“It is important the community plays a part in the assessment and evaluation of the next phase and they were able to do this at the first meeting,” Mr Moore said.
“The LCCG provides a forum for the community to be involved in open and accurate communication between the Department of Mines and Petroleum and the Collie Hub partners.”
Department of Mines and Petroleum Geological Survey Division’s Alan Millar outlined the next stage of research - an exploratory data drilling well on Riverdale Road, Cookernup.
Committee members used the meeting, which also included presentations by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and the Department of Water, to ask questions about the proposed well drilling program and air other concerns.
The Minister said the 3,000m deep data well would provide information about geological formations, geothermal gradients and water resources within the local area.
“The information gathered from the drilling of the well will help us understand the Lower Lesueur formation and its suitability for carbon capture and storage,” he said.
“Analysis of core samples and other data from the drilling program will help direct further research activities.”
Committee members requested that the Department of Mines and Petroleum outline the drilling process and its management in a document that will be published on the department’s website as soon as possible.
The Collie Hub Project is Western Australia’s first proposed on-shore CCS trial project. It has the potential to reduce South-West CO2 emissions by 30 per cent and nine per cent across the State and was the first project announced as part of the Federal Government Flagship Program earlier this year.
The project involves capturing CO2 emissions, compressing it into liquid and pumping it two to three kilometres below the surface for permanent storage.
Interested members of the community can contact Dominique Van Gent (9791 2040) for more information.
Minister's office - 9422 3000