WA to lead the field in carbon capture

A new carbon capture research facility opened on Wednesday will make WA a world leader in the field of geosequestration.

The $48.4 million National Geosequestration Laboratory (NGL) in Perth was enabled by a collaboration of the CSIRO, Curtin University and the University of WA.

Mines and Petroleum minister Bill Marmion said the government aimed to make the WA centre not only a national, but a global leader in carbon sequestration.

"What we'd be aiming for it to become a world leader, so that the technology that might be developed and the practical application of geosequestration can be basically exported around the world," he said.

Marmion also announced the new UNCOVER roadmap, an industry sponsored initiative which emphasises the need to focus on greenfields and deep exploration and generate new projects.

UNCOVER will see participation by exploration and mining companies, mining equipment and service providers, lobby groups and government geological survey organisations.

"They've actually targeted 16 key areas at the moment to actually, over the next 10 years, come up with better information to target where we are more likely to actually find specific, non-ferrous metals, in Australia,” Marmion said.

Talking to the ABC, Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC) chief executive Simon Bennison said the renewed emphasis on greenfields exploration through national strategy would hopefully result in new mines.

"Look I hope so, it's a sign of confidence for a number of the industry partners and government and research collaborators who have obviously seen the light in the context of trying to arrest this declining discovery situation in Australia," he said.

"I'd like to think it's going to instil a lot more confidence in the retail investment side of it and see capital start to feed back into exploration companies, so that they can get out on the ground and translate the road map initiatives into real discoveries."

Image: Kalgoorlie Miner

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