Off-shore gas storage permits

THE state government has announced permits are on offer for offshore greenhouse gas storage exploration.

Carbon dioxide captured post-combustion can be treated and injected into porous rocks deep underground or offshore, given the right conditions.

This process means less carbon dioxide is released into the atmosphere.

The permits are strictly for exploration, allowing companies to research the underwater landscape in a 400 square metre area between The Honeysuckles and Loch Sport.

Previously, the federal government allowed a similar exploration program to take place further offshore in Commonwealth waters, however this latest tender is for state waters, within three nautical miles from the shore.

Energy Minister Lily D’Ambrosio said the permits were for non-invasive techniques such as ocean floor mapping.

“This permit is for exploration only.

“If the offshore location is found suitable for storing greenhouse gas emissions, then the permit holder must submit a separate licence application for assessment,” she said.

Numerous trials of carbon capture at Latrobe Valley power stations have yet to deliver an economically viable technique to capture carbon dioxide..