Australian oil and gas company Woodside is planning to build a pilot carbon capture and utilisation plant in Western Australia. The Eastern Metropolitan Regional Council (EMRC) and Woodside are collaborating on a carbon-to-products pilot project that proposes to recycle greenhouse gases into useful products.
The pair have agreed a term sheet setting out the terms of a proposed option to lease land. The option to lease land will provide for Woodside’s use of EMRC’s Red Hill Waste Management Eco Park for a proposed pilot carbon capture and utilisation (CCU) facility, and for the supply of landfill gas by ERMC to Woodside.
The proposed CCU facility would convert greenhouse gases, such as methane and carbon dioxide from a landfill site, into value-added ethanol, using technologies developed by US-based companies ReCarbon and LanzaTech, Perth-based Woodside said in a statement Thursday. The pilot aims to demonstrate that the integration of these technologies has the potential to contribute to decarbonisation and a circular carbon economy.
Following execution of the option to lease, exercise of the option to lease and construction of the CCU facility is subject to a final investment decision (FID) by Woodside targeted in the second half of 2022, with a targeted completion and commissioning date in the second half of 2024.
Founded in 1983, the Eastern Metropolitan Regional Council (EMRC) is a progressive and innovative regional local government working on behalf of five member Councils located in Perth’s Eastern Region: Town of Bassendean, City of Bayswater, City of Kalamunda, Shire of Mundaring and City of Swan. The Region covers a third of Perth’s metropolitan area and is home to 338,000 people.
The EMRC provides a broad range of services across the region including waste management and education, resource recovery, natural and urban environmental management, and regional development.