Hon Bill Marmion BE MBA MLA

Hon Bill Marmion BE MBA MLA

Former Minister for State Development; Transport; Innovation

    Perth hosts world-class carbon research centre

    22/07/2015 2:35 PM
    • $48.4 million National Geosequestration Laboratory opens in Perth
    • Major milestone for carbon capture science

    Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Marmion today welcomed the opening of the $48.4 million National Geosequestration Laboratory (NGL) in Perth.


    "This world-class research and development facility reflects Western Australia's diversifying economy and focus on science and technology," Mr Marmion said.


    "The $48.4 million laboratory is a major milestone in our drive to become a global centre for energy and resources research.


    "It has the potential to play a significant role in helping reduce greenhouse gas emissions and in developing technology that could be exported worldwide."


    The NGL is a collaboration between CSIRO, Curtin University and The University of Western Australia, bringing together world-leading technology and equipment to research, assess and develop sites for the long-term storage of carbon.


    The State Government has been a strong supporter of the Western Australian Energy Research Alliance, which backed the development of this new facility in Perth.


    "Locating this laboratory in WA is appropriate, given the pivotal research role being played by the Department of Mines and Petroleum's South West Hub project," the Minister said.


    "Research in this leading edge facility will bolster and complement work on the South West Hub project, which is investigating the Lesueur Sandstone formation near Harvey, for industrial-scale carbon dioxide storage.


    "WA's global role in this sector is also reflected in the Gorgon CO2 Injection Project on Barrow Island, which is set to be the largest in the world."


    Since 2003, CSIRO, Curtin University and The University of Western Australia have forged a strong track record of collaboration through the energy research alliance.


    "The new laboratory will build on this leadership in carbon storage research and environmental best practice," Mr Marmion said.


    Fact File

    • Development of the NGL was supported through a $48 million contribution from the Australian Government's Education Investment Fund
    • The South West Hub project completed seismic surveys of the Leseur Sandstone formation in 2014 and has just finished a three-well drilling program
    • Information on the South West Hub is at http://www.dmp.wa.gov.au/19385.aspx  

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