BHP launches carbon capture collaboration with universities

BHP has launched a global collaboration with top international universities to accelerate a deeper understanding of carbon capture and storage (CCS) in a range of subsurface locations.

Working with the University of Melbourne, University of Cambridge and Stanford University, BHP will contribute around $US3 million towards research to improve global understanding of CO2 storage and support the development of large-scale carbon capture and storage projects in the future.

BHP vice president of sustainability and climate change Fiona Wild said the partnership would progress understanding of how processes securely trap carbon dioxide within porous rock.

“There is growing acknowledgement from industry, governments and society that to meet emissions reductions targets, and the world’s commitments to limit warming to below 2oC, we are going to need to accelerate the use of CCS,” Dr Wild said.

“We simply can’t do it quickly enough without CCS across both power generation and industry.

“CCS technology works and is proven. Our focus at BHP is how we can help make sure the world has access to the information required to make it work at scale in a cost effective and timely way.

“To do this we have established a number of collaborations to share learnings globally and BHP is excited to announce the latest such arrangement with some of the world’s best academic institutions.”

University of Melbourne deputy vice-chancellor (Research) professor Jim McCluskey said the partnership was an opportunity to develop CO2 reducing technologies in collaboration with one of the world’s largest resource companies.

“The University of Melbourne is committed to working with key industry partners, like BHP, to tackle pressing societal issues,” McCluskey said.

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