The Northern Territory (the Territory) Government in Australia is set to give its energy sector a boost with a decarbonisation partnership with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), industry and engineering companies.

To create a sustainable solution to carbon storage, a joint business case between all parties will assess the potential for a carbon capture and utilisation storage (CCUS) hub at Middle Arm, Darwin.

As one of the largest multi-user, multi-access facilities of its kind in the world, the hub is intended to allow the Territory to meet demand for low carbon energy, in addition to turning Middle Arm into a competitive and sustainable energy and manufacturing centre.

As well as working with industry, the hub will involve the participation of CSIRO, an agency which regularly works with international organisations in all areas of scientific research.

Commenting on the partnership, Michael Gunner, Chief Minister, Australian Government, said, “We are working with CSIRO, Australia’s best scientists and industry to ensure the Territory is positioned to capture the opportunities as countries and industries advanced towards Net Zero.”

Gunner calls the CCUS hub a ‘game changer’ in positioning the Middle Arm as a magnet for investment.

He added, “Our message is clear – we are Australia’s comeback capital, and we are open for business.”

In addition to accelerating the creation of low emission advanced manufacturing, the hub will aim to enable the capture and storage of carbon from other industrial sectors.

Eva Lawler, Minister for Environment, Australian Government, said that the signing of the agreement marks an important step forward in achieving 2050 net zero emission goals.