Onshore CO2 Storage Project


The Onshore Carbon Storage Section has been established through the Australian Government's Clean Energy Initiative to evaluate and establish suitable sites to store CO2 captured from power stations and other large emitters. The section comprises a series of collaborative programs between Commonwealth and State Governments and industry to analyse the sub-surface suitability for carbon storage in different regions using a variety of geological techniques throughout Australia. Outcomes from this work will contribute to the growth of clean energy generation by reducing CO2 emissions to the atmosphere. This will be achieved by helping to accelerate the development and deployment of carbon capture and geological storage (CCS) technology.


Ongoing Collaborative agreements have been established and programs are currently progressing towards their objectives. Logistical and technical arrangements for the programs are being co-ordinated in advance of future work.

Achievements to Date

The Onshore CO2 Storage Section has contributed to the acquisition of a 2D seismic reflection survey and a stratigraphic well in the southern Perth Basin. The project was managed by the Geological Survey of Western Australia (GSWA) and was designed to investigate the carbon dioxide storage potential in the region. The 2D Lower Lesueur seismic reflection survey was acquired during February and March 2011 and the Harvey 1 stratigraphic well was spudded in February 2012 and completed in March 2012 to a depth of 2945m.