A new carbon capture industry in Western Australia will provide the state’s mining industry with further opportunities to decarbonise operations.
A total of $4 million will be invested to establish the Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage (CCUS) industry. The news comes after a study revealed WA’s potential to be a hub for carbon storage.
“WA is a world leader in mining and natural gas, and that means we are perfectly placed to become a world leader in CCUS,” WA Premier Roger Cook said.
“We can leverage our skilled workforce, existing infrastructure and unique geology to attract global CCUS investment – helping to create local jobs and strengthen our state’s economy.”
The new CCUS industry will involve capturing and storing carbon dioxide to reduce emissions from industrial-scale processes and projects.
“Carbon capture, utilisation and storage will provide WA’s industrial and mining industries with access to opportunities to decarbonise,” WA Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Johnston said.
“Understanding the benefits of developing one or more CCUS hubs, and developing legislation to facilitate greenhouse gas transportation and storage, is important for our state’s future.”
The WA Government will invest $4.3 million in a CCUS action plan to accelerate the deployment of CCUS technologies, support new research and attract investments.
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