Station leads way in clean energy

A CENTRAL Queensland power station is leading the way towards clean energy generation.

The project to turn the old Callide A power plant into a green technology pioneer for carbon capture and storage has been hailed as a milestone by the Queensland Government.

Mines and Energy Minister Stephen Robertson said the station, which was last used in 2001, will be fitted with ground-breaking technology and converted into a 30 megawatt Carbon Capture and Storage demonstration plant.

He said the initiative, named the Callide Oxyfuel Project, was moving Queensland closer to achieving the ambitious target of reducing the carbon footprint by a third by 2020.

“The Bligh Government and the coal industry are together investing $900 million to help develop low emission coal technology and this is another step forward in bringing this clean energy to life,” he said.

Earthworks are now under way at Callide to capture carbon dioxide produced from coal-fired electricity and prepare it for geological storage.

The precise location of the storage has not yet been determined.

Once the earthworks are complete, by the middle of next month, construction will begin on an oxygen plant and, in mid-2010, on the carbon dioxide plant.

The Oxyfuel Project is a joint venture involving Xstrata Coal and a number of technology companies. It has received financial backing from the Australian, Queensland and Japanese governments.



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