(QldGovSpin) QLD trail blazes with Australian first greenhouse ingenuity

Submitted by Editor on Thu, 09/09/2004 - 23:46

Minister for Energy John Mickel today officiated the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding which could potentially eliminate greenhouse gas emissions from electricity generation.

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Energy, John Mickel
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In a major win for the environment and what could possibly be a world first, Queensland's CS Energy and its collaborative partners, which include COAL 21, the University of New Castle, Clean Coal Utilisation Japan and IHI Engineering will share resources and cooperate in the joint venture.

Mr Mickel said the clean coal technology, known as 'oxy-fuel technologies', had the potential to eradicate greenhouse gas emissions from conventional fuel coal electricity generation.

"As part of this technology, pure oxygen is used to improve the combustion process to produce a near pure stream of carbon dioxide that can be captured and stored underground - a process called 'geosequestration'" Mr Mickel said.

"This is great news for Queenslanders and it's great news for the Queensland environment, which will not only benefit Australia but potentially, the rest of the world.

"This exciting, Smart State-first technology shows that the Queensland Government is totally committed to tackling the environmental challenges of coal fired electricity as we recognise this is an area that is a major contributor to the State's greenhouse gas emissions.

"Coal makes up about 88 per cent of Queensland's electricity generation and is therefore an important commodity for the State, but we need to do everything possible to preserve and protect our great Queensland environment and lifestyle now and for the future.

"That's why I applaud CS Energy, a Government Owned Corporation, for its efforts in leading the development of this Oxy-Fuel initiative and for its Callide A power station which will be used in the demonstration plant."

The Chief Executive of CS Energy Mark Chatfield said the agreement marks an exciting development for the energy industry.

"This project is the first step towards creating a clean coal future. This technology has been long talked about, and now the Queensland energy industry is at the forefront of testing its potential," Mr Chatfield said.

"If it proves feasible, this process would provide a greenhouse solution not only for new coal based generation but for retrofitting into existing plants to eliminate their release of greenhouse gases."

Mr Mickel said the potential capabilities of oxy-fuel technologies was significant as they can be fitted to existing power stations, and incorporated into new power stations.

"This joint venture is only just the beginning - oxy fuel technologies have averypromisingfuturewhichcouldleadtomoreenergyefficientdevelopments,andmaymeanpotentialjobscreationandskillsgrowth,MrMickelsaid.

"The ink has barely dried on this MOU and already we're seeing another exciting zero emissions technology project being led by Stanwell.

"The Stanwell project involves a new type of coal electricity generation technology called Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC), which could potentially use the same geosequestration infrastructure as the oxy-fuel project, while providing another environmentally sustainable option for Queensland.

"It's great to see Queensland taking the lead again when it comes to cutting edge energy innovations and in doing so, putting our environment first."

Media contact:
Elouise Campion (07) 3225 1819

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