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The CarbonNet Project

The CarbonNet Project Brochure cover photo
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The CarbonNet Project (CarbonNet) is investigating the potential for establishing a commercial-scale carbon capture and storage (CCS) network. The network would bring together multiple carbon dioxide (CO2) capture projects in Victoria's Latrobe Valley, transporting CO2 via a shared pipeline and injecting it into deep underground, offshore storage sites in Gippsland.

CCS is being investigated as part of a suite of solutions with the potential to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions and help address climate change. It involves capturing CO2 released by industrial processes, compressing it and then transporting it to an injection site to be sequestered deep underground for safe, long term storage in suitable geological formations – similar to the way oil and gas has been stored underground for millions of years.

CarbonNet is investigating the potential for CCS in Gippsland as the region is widely recognised as a world-class location offering significant potential for CCS. The offshore Gippsland Basin has been found to have the highest technical ranking of 25 major basins across Australia and the largest storage potential of any east coast basin (2009 National Carbon Task Force).

The project is exploring the potential to capture and store up to 5 million tonnes of CO2 per year. Successful implementation of this project could be the starting point for an expanding commercial scale carbon transportation and storage system, enabling new industries and a significant reduction in carbon emissions in Victoria.

CarbonNet has completed extensive feasibility studies which have been subject to independent review and certification, including detailed modelling of potential CO2 storage sites.

CarbonNet is currently in the Project Development and Commercial Establishment stage. Approvals are being sought to conduct a marine seismic survey in 2017-18 to obtain additional geological information, and to drill an appraisal well in 2018-19 to retrieve rock samples. These rock samples will allow scientists to verify data and accurately assess the properties of the rock which will form the 'cap rock' and hold the stored CO2 in place.

Investigation into suitable potential carbon capture plants and technology continues, along with evaluation of transport pipeline routes to the selected injection site. Defining the commercial structure and underlying principles to attract private sector investment is also a focus during this stage of the project.

CarbonNet is managed by the Victorian Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources, and is funded by the Australian and Victorian governments.

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null CarbonNet 3D Pelican 3D Marine Seismic Survey
  The CarbonNet project assessment permit
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Airborne gravity survey

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Soil hydrocarbon survey