Federal government approves two new offshore greenhouse gas storage areas off WA and NT

The federal government has approved two new offshore greenhouse gas storage areas, off the coast of Western Australia and the Northern Territory.

The first permit was issued to Woodside Energy in the Browse Basin off the Kimberley coast of northern WA.

A second was issued to a joint venture between INPEX, Woodside Energy and TotalEnergies in the Bonaparte Basin, off the coast of the Northern Territory.

Three more permits will be issued at a later date for locations that have not yet been finalized.

Resources Minister Madeleine King said the permits were a first step for the companies involved.

“They are very positive about it, and they think it will work, and this allows them to investigate further,” he told ABC Radio Perth.

Ms King said these companies were well placed to explore the potential of carbon capture and storage (CCS) in Australia because they were at the forefront of handling gas transportation.

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