New data for carbon capture and storage assessment

07 December 2012


Map showing the location of the acquisition of seismic data and supporting seabed data in the Petrel Sub-basin, beneath the Joseph Bonaparte Gulf offshore from the Northern Territory

Map showing the location of the acquisition
of seismic data and supporting seabed data
in the Petrel Sub-basin, beneath the Joseph
Bonaparte Gulf offshore from the Northern Territory.
© Geoscience Australia


The Minister for Resources and Energy, Martin Ferguson AM MP, today welcomed the release of new pre-competitive data by Geoscience Australia as part of the Australian Government's multi-year program to assess highly prospective offshore basins for their CO2 storage potential.

Minister Ferguson said this work will make a major contribution to Australia's efforts to accelerate the development of Carbon Capture and Storage technology and help to reduce Australia's greenhouse gas emissions.

The new data were collected in the Petrel Sub-basin, beneath the Joseph Bonaparte Gulf, offshore from the Northern Territory. This sub-basin was targeted following its identification as a prospective site for CO2 storage by the Carbon Storage Taskforce in 2009, due to its favourable geology and proximity to major emission sources.

The acquisition of 2D seismic reflection and supporting seabed data, funded through the Australian Government's National Low Emissions Coal Initiative (NLECI), fills a significant information gap about the sub-basin and associated seabed environments that will assist industry and government alike in understanding the prospectivity of the basin for CO2 storage.

Minister Ferguson said the datasets will now be integrated into work currently being undertaken as part of a CO2 storage assessment of the sub-basin by Geoscience Australia. The results of this assessment, including release of the associated geological reports, will be available by mid 2013.

In addition to the Petrel Sub-basin, CO2 storage assessments are also currently being undertaken for the Vlaming Sub-basin (offshore Western Australia), the Browse Basin (offshore Western Australia) and the Gippsland Basin (offshore Victoria).

The data package for the Petrel Sub-basin includes high resolution 2D seismic, sub-bottom profiler and multibeam sonar bathymetry data, as well as geological and ecological seabed data. The data package, including initial data analysis and post-survey reports, is now available through the Geoscience Australia website.

Further details are available in the Minister's media release.

Topic contact: media@ga.gov.au Last updated: October 4, 2013