National Low Emissions Coal Initiative

The National Low Emissions Coal Initiative (NLECI) was established in 2008 by the Australian Government to accelerate the development and deployment of technologies to reduce emissions from coal use. As part of the NLECI, the Australian Government is contributing up to A$50 million over eight years for an assessment of the CO2 storage potential of select offshore and onshore sedimentary basins.

Geoscience Australia is undertaking a program of pre-competitive data acquisition and regional geological studies to underpin CO2 storage assessments of the Petrel Sub-basin, offshore Northern Territory, and onshore basins in Western Australia, New South Wales and Queensland. Geoscience Australia is leading the assessment in the Petrel Sub-basin and is working with the State Governments and Australian Coal Association to undertake assessments for the onshore basins. The pre-competitive data acquisition program comprises collection of seismic and marine environmental data and drilling of onshore wells.

The NLECI complements work Geoscience Australia is also undertaking under the National CO2 Infrastructure Plan.

The Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism External site link has more information on the NLECI.