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The NGL will play a crucial role in achieving a low-emission economy for Australia

National Geosequestration Laboratory (NGL)

The NGL is a world-class research and development facility established to advance carbon storage technologies that play a crucial role in achieving a low-emission economy for Australia.

  • 26 September 2012

Visit the official NGL website [external link] to learn all about the National Geosequestration Laboratory.

The facility

The National Geosequestration Laboratory (NGL) provides critical research to develop innovative solutions that will minimise risk and uncertainty regarding the long-term underground storage of carbon dioxide.

"We believe we can provide the R&D needed to help enable commercial scale carbon storage in Australia"

Dr Linda Stalker, NGL Science Director 

It will be equipped to develop and deploy highly specialised, targeted research and testing aimed at realising safe and secure carbon storage projects in Australia and around the world. 

The NGL operates as a ‘hub and spoke’ model and is centred at the Australian Resources Research Centre (ARRC), in Kensington, Perth, with nodes at other Australian sites forming part of the overall facility. The first NGL research node will be built on The University of Western Australia campus to house a carbon capture and storage (CCS) geophysics and geochemistry research facility.

The facility will provide important research to underpin the Australian Government's first CCS Flagship, the South West Hub in Western Australia – to demonstrate the feasibility and safety of large-scale geosequestration.

Through the NGL, CSIRO will be able to apply its world-leading expertise to help Australia achieve a carbon-reduced resources and energy economy.

Read more about CSIRO’s capability in geosequestration.

Partners

The world-class, national facility is a collaboration between CSIRO, The University of Western Australia [external link] and Curtin University [external link], and builds on the successes of the Western Australian Energy Research Alliance (WA:ERA) with the support of the WA department of Mines and Petroleum.

The Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education (DIISR&T) [external link] provided A$48.4million through the Government’s Education Investment Fund to build the infrastructure and procure laboratory equipment to support Australia’s first CCS Flagship, the South West Hub and other national and international CCS projects.

The NGL’s research and education infrastructure will be used to:

  • provide innovative scientific and technological solutions for issues of carbon transport, injectivity and storage that are currently inhibiting broad deployment of commercial-scale CCS
  • design, test, and implement technologies for effective and efficient monitoring of carbon storage and verification of containment security to provide holistic risk management of CCS
  • develop and test strategies for public outreach, communication, and risk analysis to build public support and provide university research and training programs to enhance Australia’s capacity in carbon storage science and engineering.

The establishment of the NGL will be a significant drawcard for attracting international research talent and cooperation and will provide opportunities for large scale collaboration on a local, national and international scale between government, industry and the community.

CSIRO is currently looking for partners and investments to fund operational activities and research projects to be conducted at the facility.