Australia Starts Capturing and Storing CO2

World | April 2, 2008, Wednesday // 00:00| Views: | Comments: 0
Australia Starts Capturing and Storing CO2 Australia starts capturing and storing CO2 underground, which is said to turn the country into a world leader in lowering carbon emissions. Photo by Nadya Kotseva (Sofia Photo Agency)

Australia's first underground carbon storage facility, which opened in the southern state of Victoria, is said to turn the country into a world leader in lowering carbon emissions.

The geo-sequestration plant is designed to capture CO2 from a power station and store it 2 kilometres below the surface, BBC reported.

The gas is liquefied before pumping it underground and researchers believe the technology will help Australia heavily reduce greenhouse emissions.

According to scientists, the site in southern Australia will absorb 100,000 tonnes of greenhouse gases.

Environmental groups have voiced concerns that the geo-sequestration has too many unknowns and it would be better to spend the money on proven technologies.

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