UK and Australian researchers continue CCS collaboration

May 04 2017


Jon Gibbins, UK Carbon Capture and Storage Research Centre (UKCCSRC) Director, and Tania Constable, Chief Executive Officer, CO2CRC Limited, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that secures continued collaboration between the two organisations.

The signing of the MoU took place in Abu Dhabi, at the mid-year meeting of the Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum, an international climate change initiative focused on the development of cost-effective technologies for CCS.

Both the UKCCSRC, based at the University of Sheffield, and CO2CRC, based in Melbourne, Australia, help to tackle climate change by supporting research into the development of CCS technology, which is a means of removing carbon dioxide from emissions before it gets released into the atmosphere. The MoU formalises a commitment to share knowledge, collaborate on research, bring research communities together through joint events and provide researcher exchange opportunities. 

This new five-year MoU was initiated by the announcement that the UKCCSRC has secured funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) to continue its work to 2022. The new MoU will build upon the successes achieved under the previous MoU held between the two organisations, which expired in March 2017. These included a UKCCSRC funded project into quantifying residual and dissolution trapping at the CO2CRC Otway Research Facility, which saw UK based researchers visit Australia.

“Under the last MoU, the collaborative research proved that CO2 can be safely stored in the subsurface for over 1000 years” said CO2CRC CEO, Tania Constable, “It is a fantastic opportunity for UKCCSRC researchers to come and work at our world Otway Research Facility.” The results of the research were presented at conferences in USA, Edinburgh, London and Vienna, further broadening international collaboration into CCS.

Prof. Jon Gibbins said “The MoU with the CO2CRC is the first to be renewed to span the lifetime of the new EPSRC funding for UKCCSRC, which will now also seek to renew the MoUs held with its other partner organisations in the Netherlands, China, Canada and the USA.”

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