Hon Norman Moore BA DipEd JP MLC

Hon Norman Moore BA DipEd JP MLC

Former Minister for Mines and Petroleum; Fisheries; Electoral Affairs

    Funding for world-class research facility

    27/09/2012 12:00 AM
     
    • National Geosequestration Laboratory (NGL) receives $48million funding
    • Western Australian Government provides $400,000 co-funding over two years
    • World-class facility to advance carbon storage (CCS) technologies
    The development of the National Geosequestration Laboratory (NGL) - a new world-class facility to advance carbon storage (CCS) technologies - has been welcomed by Mines and Petroleum Minister Norman Moore.

    “I welcome the Federal Government’s $48million funding announcement for the facility, which is co-sponsored by the Department of Mines and Petroleum (DMP),” Mr Moore said.

    “The department will provide $400,000 operating expenditure over two years to enable close co-operation between CCS projects and the researchers undertaking studies on their behalf.”

    The facility will operate as a ‘hub and spoke’ model and be centred at the Australian Resources Research Centre at Technology Park, Kensington, with nodes at other Australian sites forming part of the overall facility.

    The first NGL research node will be built at The University of Western Australia and house a CCS geophysics and geochemistry research facility.

    “DMP played an active role in establishing this project and, together with the Western Australian Energy Research Alliance (WA:ERA) and partners, led a delegation to Canberra in 2010 to discuss funding,” the Minister said.
     
    The facility will provide critical research and support Australia’s first CCS Flagship, the South West Hub Project, and other national and international CCS projects.

    “This will be an important facility for the South West Hub Project and gives the State unequalled research capability and capacity by offering direct and immediate access to state-of-the-art research facilities within WA,” Mr Moore said.

    The first major role of the facility will be a detailed analysis of the core and electronic data from the recently completed Harvey 1 Well.
     
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