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Santos canvasses Cooper hydrogen plans

Santos has engaged GHD to assist with a concept study on the production of blue hydrogen at its Moomba facility.

The company is already proposing implementing a carbon capture and storage (CCS) program at the Moomba plant in South Australia, which would capture 1.7 million t of CO2 generated by natural gas production and reinject it into geological formations that have previously held oil and gas.

Santos Managing Director and CEO Kevin Gallagher said this CCS project, which is on track for a final investment decision later this year, could allow the company to produce zero-emissions hydrogen in the Cooper Basin from natural gas.

“CCS is the fastest and most efficient route to a hydrogen economy, using less water, de-carbonising natural gas at its source and eliminating Scope 3 emissions,” he said.

“CCS enables the capture of carbon dioxide from the production of blue hydrogen, making it a ‘zero-emissions’ fuel.

“With over 65 years of experience in the safe production of natural gas, Santos has the operational knowledge, capability and infrastructure to be a leader in the creation of a hydrogen industry right here in Australia.

“A CCS and hydrogen future proves that emissions reduction and job-creating resource development can work hand-in-hand.”

GHD CEO Ashley Wright said the company had the energy knowledge to complete this project.

“We believe hydrogen could play a significant role in decarbonising industries and this project is a potential game-changer for the gas sector,” he said.

“We are proud to partner with Santos on this project, which draws on our hydrogen experience across Australia and globally.”

The concept study is targeted for completion by the end of 2020.

For more information visit the Santos website.

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