$48.4m lab launch

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - News -

A $48.4 mil­lion re­search fa­cil­ity was launched in Kens­ing­ton this month as part of ef­forts to mit­i­gate green­house gas emis­sions from large-scale in­dus­try.

The fa­cil­ity, called the Na­tional Geose­ques­tra­tion Lab­o­ra­tory, is de­signed to lead Aus­tralia’s re­search into the de­vel­op­ment of car­bon cap­ture and stor­age.

The de­vel­op­ment of the cen­tre was a joint pro­ject be­tween the CSIRO, the Univer­sity of WA and Curtin Univer­sity.

Fed­eral Min­is­ter for In­dus­try and Science, Ian Macfar­lane and WA Min­is­ter for Mines and Petroleum Bill Marmion were on hand to open the fa­cil­ity.

Both politi­cians spoke to a gath­er­ing of sci­en­tists, busi­ness lead­ers and oth­ers, telling the au­di­ence the cen­tre had the po­ten­tial to sig­nif­i­cantly re­duce green­house gas emis­sions and ex­port the tech­nol­ogy world­wide.

The process of car­bon stor­age in­volves the cap­ture and deep ge­o­log­i­cal stor­age in the ground of car­bon diox­ide from in­dus­trial sources that would oth­er­wise be emit­ted into the at­mos­phere.

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