[ASC-media] Media release: major step to control CO2

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Mon Oct 30 02:36:15 CET 2006

CCSD Media Release 

Embargo: 12 noon AEST, 30 October 2006


The CRC for Coal in Sustainable Development (CCSD) has welcomed today's announcement by the Australian Government of support for the low emissions Callide oxyfuel power generation demonstration project. 

The Callide Oxyfuel Project led by Queensland power generator CS Energy brings together an international team to demonstrate that capture and storage of CO2 from coal-fired power stations is a viable option for the reduction of emissions from coal fired power generation.

Chairman of CCSD Mr Russell Higgins said 'Securing support from the Commonwealth Government's Low Emission Technology Demonstration Fund (LETDF) is a crucial step that will ensure options for reducing Australia's greenhouse gas emissions continue to be explored across a range of promising technologies.' 

The $180 million, 30 MW Oxyfuel and CO2 sequestration demonstration project is a key outcome of a feasibility study that included high quality research and development undertaken by CCSD, the CRC for Greenhouse Gas Technologies and a Japanese consortium led by IHI.

CEO of CCSD Mr Frank van Schagen said 'This project captures the spirit of co-operative science by bringing about collaboration between Industry and Research providers in the Centre to pursue commercial innovation. It is the fulfilment of building national and international relationships developed over several years of collaborative research' 

Callide Oxyfuel Project Manager from CS Energy, Dr. Chris Spero, said 'Through this technology we can really do something about the existing greenhouse footprint from the Australian electricity supply sector.  In addition to significant reductions in carbon dioxide emissions, large cuts from other pollutants can also be achieved.  This demonstration will provide a basis for the design of new oxyfuel power plants - an option of particular relevance for rapidly developing economies in Asia.' He applauded the level of collaboration and buy in between the Australian coal industry, researchers and international technology and service providers in bringing the project together.  

CCSD CEO van Schagen said 'As a global issue, the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions will require a diverse portfolio of technologies.  Through focussed and well resourced research, Australia is positioning itself to take advantage of the best of those options to secure our economic, environmental and social future'. 

More information:
Mr Frank van Schagen, CEO, CCSD, 07 3871 4400
Frank.vanSchagen at ccsd.biz     website: http://www.ccsd.biz
Dr Chris Spero, CS Energy, 07 3222 9303
cspero at csenergy.com.au

More information on Clean Coal Technologies may be found at:
Oxy-Fuel Trial Tackles Greenhouse 

Images of the trial, the Callide A power station and the oxyfuel system are available from: www.csenergy.com.au 

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