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    JOINT STATEMENT
    Premier of Queensland
    The Honourable Peter Beattie
    Minister for Energy & Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Policy
    The Honourable John Mickel

    MoU WITH JAPANESE AIMS FOR CLEAN-COAL TECHNOLOGY

    JOINT STATEMENT

    Premier of Queensland
    The Honourable Peter Beattie

    Minister for Energy & Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Policy
    The Honourable John Mickel

    Thursday, March 30, 2006

    MoU WITH JAPANESE AIMS FOR CLEAN-COAL TECHNOLOGY

    A memorandum of understanding signed in Brisbane today aims to produce near zero greenhouse gas emissions from coal fired electricity generation.

    Queensland government owned electricity generator, CS Energy, a Japanese consortium led by JCoal and Schlumberger, a world leader in geosequestration technology, will be working together to demonstrate clean coal generation.

    Premier Peter Beattie said: “I have placed great emphasis on developing clean-coal technology since we won government in 1998 and we have made significant investments in research.

    ”So I welcome this additional project and collaboration with Japanese interests, especially as Japan is our biggest coal importer.”

    Deputy Premier and Treasurer Anna Bligh and Queensland Energy Minister John Mickel welcomed the development.

    Mr Mickel said: “This project is a world first and it has the potential to eliminate carbon dioxide emissions from electricity generation.

    “One of my first actions as Energy Minister was to oversee the feasibility agreement between these partners. Our investment in that research is now bearing fruit as the partners prepare to bring a demonstration plant on line,” he said.

    CS Energy Chief Executive Mark Chatfield said the project is part of a portfolio of solutions for future energy requirements.

    “Growing economies consume energy and the world economy is growing. We need to develop a suite of technologies to manage our future energy needs and this is one part of that suite.

    “The beauty of this technology is that it can be retro-fitted to existing power stations,” Mr Chatfield said.

    CS Energy’s Manager Engineering Technology, Dr Chris Spero, explained that the agreement covers a project to convert a conventional coal fired power station to oxy-firing, which sees the coal burned using pure oxygen rather than air.

    “Like most good ideas, this is a simple concept. By burning the coal in oxygen rather than air, we increase the concentration of carbon dioxide in the waste gas, making it easier to capture and store this greenhouse gas,” said Dr Spero.

    The project has applied for funding from the Australian Coal Association, through the $300 million clean coal fund announced on March 17, and will apply to the Federal Government’s Low Emissions Technology Development Fund.

    Mr Beattie said: “We have just created a special SmartState board to ensure Queensland continues to lead in developing clean-coal technology to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

    “And we recently announced that Central Queensland will be the site of an Australian first trial of new clean-coal technology which could help ensure the long-term job security of thousands of people working in the State’s coal industry.

    “The Queensland Government owned Stanwell Corporation Limited will begin a feasibility study and test drilling in the Springsure/Emerald area in May.”

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    Media contact: Ian Gray (07) 3225 1819 or Elouise Campion (07) 3224 7332