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    Mitsui eyes CCS project in Western Australia

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Mitsui will produce ammonia from hydrogen generated from natural gas, with the potential for the associated CO2 to be stored in depleted gas fields in Perth basin.

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Mitsui eyes CCS project in Western Australia

Japan's Mitsui & Co. and Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corp (Jogmec) have agreed to conduct a feasibility study on carbon capture and storage (CCS) in Western Australia, the companies said in separate statements published on October 4.

Mitsui has also agreed with Australia's Wesfarmers Chemicals, Energy & Fertilisers (WesCEF) to jointly study the commercial and technical viability of building a low carbon ammonia production plant, which will include CCS solutions. The Japanese firm is developing the Waitsia gas field in the Mid-West region of Western Australia as the operator, with a 50% working interest. It also holds a 100% working interest in nearby depleted gas fields in Perth basin.

Specifically, Mitsui will investigate the production and export of low carbon ammonia made from hydrogen generated from Mid-West natural gas, with the potential for the associated CO2 to be stored in depleted gas fields in Perth basin. The joint study with Jogmec and WesCEF will research the potential for carbon storage in depleted gas fields, and also consider alternate sites in Western Australia.