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Woodside Energy’s Angel CCS Joint Venture firm plans to research carbon capture at Yara Pilbara operations

Woodside Energy’s Angel CCS Joint Venture plans to study the feasibility of using carbon capture and storage to decarbonize the operations of Yara Pilbara Fertilisers Pty Ltd (Yara Pilbara)

The Angel CCS Joint Venture and Yara Pilbara Fertilisers Pty Ltd (Yara Pilbara) will work together to assess the possibility of using carbon capture and storage to reduce the carbon footprint of Yara Pilbara’s current operations near Karratha in Western Australia.

The Woodside Energy-operated Angel CCS Joint Venture aims to create a large-scale, multi-user CCS hub that could aid Australian and international industries in decarbonization.

Yara Pilbara has agreed to explore the potential use of CCS to decarbonize their current operations in the Burrup Strategic Industrial Area by signing a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Angel CCS Joint Venture.

According to Woodside Vice President Carbon Solutions Jayne Baird, the non-binding MOU illustrates the role CCS could have in decarbonizing both existing and new industries across the Pilbara.

Situated near Karratha, a multi-user CCS hub could effectively gather emissions from various existing industrial sources across the Pilbara, offering users access to a local, cost-effective and large-scale emissions reduction solution – a competitive advantage as jurisdictions worldwide implement emissions reduction targets.

Aside from reducing the carbon footprint of existing industries, a CCS hub could also support the development of new, less carbon-intensive industries like hydrogen, ammonia, and green steel, contributing to the diversification of the Western Australia economy.

The proposed size of the CCS facility is contingent on additional technical, regulatory, and commercial studies. However, it could potentially process up to 5 million tonnes of carbon dioxide per year, making it one of the largest CCS hubs in the Asia-Pacific region.

In addition to domestic applications, the Angel CCS Joint Venture is exploring the possibility of the CCS hub serving international customers, which could help reduce the emissions of Australia’s key trading partners and present a new export opportunity for the country.

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