An innovative, world-leading project is underway in south-western Victoria demonstrating that carbon capture and storage is a technically and environmentally safe way to make deep cuts into global greenhouse gas emissions.
CO2CRC’s Otway research facility is Australia’s first demonstration of the deep geological storage of carbon dioxide (CO2), the most common greenhouse gas. The project provides technical information on the injection, storage and monitoring of carbon that will influence national policy and industry while providing assurance to the community.
The $100m project is of global significance because:
Lessons learned from the project, are shared with our partners globally.
The Otway research facility
The facility demonstrates that carbon capture and storage is safe, cost-effective and meets the expectations of government and the community. We:
Location and site selection
Our geologists have been researching the geological structures of the CO2CRC Otway project site since 2003. They have found that the geology of the site is well suited to the geological storage of CO2.
The geology comprises a series of thick layers of porous sandstones that are suitable for the storage of carbon dioxide. It is overlain by caprock of mudstone that prevents the leakage of the carbon dioxide to the layer above it.
The CO2CRC Otway Project is located off the Great Ocean Road, around 40km from the town of Warrnambool in south-western Victoria, Australia.
Why this site?