Joint Venture Led By Woodside Energy To Explore CO2 Capture With Yara Pilbara

Joint Venture By Woodside Energy To Explore CO2 Capture With Yara Pilbara - Carbon Herald

Woodside Energy has announced that its Joint Venture firm Angel CCS has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Yara to explore the potential for utilizing carbon capture and storage technology to reduce emissions from Yara’s Pilbara Fertilizers plant in Western Australia. 

With the capacity to process up to 5 million tonnes of CO2 per year, the proposed facility is set to be one of the largest CCS hubs in the Asia-Pacific region. 

The starting size of the plant will depend on the completion of more technical, regulatory, and commercial studies. 

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The Joint Venture consists of Woodside Energy Ltd, BP Developments Australia Pty Ltd, Japan Australia LNG (MIMI) Pty Ltd, Shell Australia Pty Ltd, and Chevron Australia Pty Ltd, with MIMI being jointly owned by Mitsubishi Corporation and Mitsui & Co., Ltd.  

Together, the companies have a collaborative project in the Northern Carnarvon Basin off the north-western coast of Western Australia, where the depleted Angel Gas Field is situated.

Along with serving domestic needs with this shared project with Yara, the Joint Venture, operated by Woodside Energy, is also looking into providing CCS services to international clients. This could help decrease emissions for Australia’s key trading partners and open up a new export opportunity. 

The collaboration is planned to take place in the Burrup Strategic Industrial Area, located near Karratha.

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Jayne Baird, Vice President of Carbon Solutions at Woodside, stated that a multi-user CCS hub near Karratha would be in an ideal position to gather emissions from various industrial sources in the Pilbara region. 

According to her, this would give users a competitive advantage by providing them with a cost-effective and efficient solution for reducing emissions, which is important as more regions worldwide are setting emissions reduction goals.

She goes on to add: “In addition to decarbonizing existing industry, a CCS hub would also have the potential to facilitate the development of new lower-carbon industries, such as the production of hydrogen, ammonia, and green steel, supporting the diversification of the Western Australia economy.” 

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