Santos’ plans to expand the Moomba carbon capture and storage (CCS) project and transform the Cooper Basin into a decarbonisation and low-carbon fuels hub have gained further momentum through the agreement.
Santos, JX and ENEOS agreement
The signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between Santos, JX Nippon Oil & Gas Exploration Corporation (JX) and ENEOS Corporation (ENEOS) paves the way for a joint feasibility study that will evaluate the potential to capture, transport and sequester emissions from Japan, supporting expansion of the Moomba CCS project.
The aggregation and management of carbon at Moomba would also support Santos’ Energy Solutions low-carbon fuels ambitions and complements current studies with Tokyo Gas and Osaka Gas for potential low-carbon e-methane production in the Cooper Basin. This would facilitate the export of e-methane, made by combining green hydrogen with CO2 obtained from industrial emissions or direct air capture in a circular economy.
The MOU seeks to jointly identify and define commercial and investment opportunities covering the potential importation of up to 5Mtpa of CO2 by 2030, 10Mtpa by 2035 and 20Mtpa by 2040 from Japan to the Moomba CCS project, via either Port Bonython in South Australia or Gladstone in Queensland.
This would potentially provide a large-scale source of CO2 to support Phase 2 of the Moomba CCS project and provide feedstock for future e-methane production. At the same time, this would put South Australia and Santos front and centre in helping Japan to decarbonise its economy.
Statement: Kevin Gallagher, Santos
Santos Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director Kevin Gallagher said the targets set for the study with JX and ENEOS demonstrate the enormous potential of Moomba as a decarbonisation and lowcarbon fuels hub, and as an exciting new industry for South Australia.
“If we progress to the next stage, this collaboration could potentially extend the life of the Cooper Basin for another 55 years, keeping it at the centre of a modern Australian energy industry and supporting hundreds of well-paying, skilled and secure jobs for another three generations and beyond.