China and Australia collaborating on carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology

CCS pilot plant at Shenhua Group coal mining site in Ordos, China. Photo: Wu-Hong.

CCS pilot plant at Shenhua Group coal mining site in Ordos, China. Photo: Wu-Hong.

Collaboration between Australia and China on carbon capture and storage (CCS) is highlighted in a 19 November 2013 article on the Geoscience Australia website, focusing on the China Australia Geological Storage (CAGS) Project.

As this article explains, beginning in 2009 and concluding in mid-2012, CAGS Phase I was developed and supported with an allocation of A$2.86 million by the Australian government in accordance with the Asia Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate. “The project focused on capacity building in the area of geological storage of CO2 in both China and Australia.”

The article notes that many of the materials generated through the CAGS project, “including educational material, are available for download through the CAGS website.”

According to this report, in addition to a variety of research studies and academic activities, CAGS Phase 1 also completed “Three successful research projects within China focusing on storage site characterisation, storage with enhanced oil recovery, and risk management for storage which have produced outputs such as criteria for storage site evaluation and advice regarding the development of a risk assessment and regulatory regime for CO2 storage in China”.

In mid-2012 a second phase of the project (CAGS Phase II) began, via funding approved under the Australia-China Joint Co-ordination Group on Clean Coal Technology. This phase will conclude sometime in 2014 “building on the relationships and work completed in the project’s first phase.”

Altogether, this cooperative project seems an encouraging step toward advancing the development of CCS technology, particularly in China and Australia.