The project

The Callide Oxyfuel Project confirmed that carbon capture technology could be applied to a coal-fired power station to generate electricity with almost no emissions. By capturing CO2, the project demonstrated that deep cuts could be made to power station emissions to help slow the process of climate change while maintaining the use of fossil fuels as a major energy source. Watch this video to learn more about the project.

As one of only a handful of coal-fired, low-emission projects in the world to move beyond concept to construction, the project represented several firsts for Australia and the world.

  • world’s first industrial-scale demonstration of oxyfuel combustion and carbon capture technology
  • world’s first power station to be retrofitted with oxyfuel carbon capture technology
  • first injection underground of CO2 from an Australian power station
  • world’s first injection of CO2 from an oxyfuel power station.

Project timeline

The project was conceived in 2003 as an initiative of the Australian Coal Association COAL21, and culminated in a three-year demonstration phase which achieved 10,200 hours of oxyfuel combustion and 5,600 hours of carbon capture. View the project timeline

Global partners

As an international joint venture comprising seven partners, the success of the Callide Oxyfuel Project relied on both the individual strengths of its partners, supporters and participants, as well as the group’s ability to collaborate effectively to achieve an innovative solution.

The project was a joint venture partnership between CS Energy, ACA Low Emissions Technologies (ACALET), Glencore, Schlumberger Carbon Services, and Japanese participants J-Power, Mitsui & Co., Ltd and IHI Corporation. The project was awarded $63 million from the Commonwealth Government under the Low Emissions Technology Demonstration Fund and received additional financial support from ACALET and the Japanese and Queensland governments, and technical support from JCOAL.