GHD is carrying out a concept study for Santos on the potential to de-carbonise natural gas at the source to make “zero-emissions” or “blue” hydrogen.
The aim would be for the carbon dioxide produced as a result to be safely captured and stored in the same reservoirs that the gas came from.
Santos managing director and chief executive officer Kevin Gallagher said the Cooper Basin hydrogen concept study built on the company’s progress towards a 1.7 million-tonne carbon capture and storage project.
Santos is targeting a final investment decision later this year on the Cooper Basin Carbon Capture and Storage Project, subject to a CCS methodology being approved for the Emissions Reduction Fund.
“Carbon capture and storage (CCS) is the fastest and most efficient route to a hydrogen economy, using less water, de-carbonising natural gas at its source and eliminating Scope 3 emissions,” Mr Gallagher said.
“CCS enables the capture of carbon dioxide from the production of blue hydrogen, making it a ‘zero-emissions’ fuel.
“With over 65 years of experience in the safe production of natural gas, Santos has the operational knowledge, capability and infrastructure to be a leader in the creation of a hydrogen industry right here in Australia.”
Santos and GHD aim to complete the concept study by the end of 2020.