French firm TotalEnergies is planning to permanently store almost one million tonnes of CO₂ each year at the planned Papua liquefied natural gas (LNG) project in Papua New Guinea, reported Reuters.

The carbon capture and storage operation is planned to be commissioned from the first day of gas production at the TotalEnergies-operated Papua LNG project scheduled for late 2027.

The Papua LNG project will have two LNG trains, with a combined capacity of 5.6 million tonnes per year of LNG.

The trains will receive gas from the Elk and Antelope discoveries via onshore/offshore pipelines to a site in Caution Bay, where the Papua LNG project is planned to be developed.

TotalEnergies plans to pump the CO₂ in the gas reservoir at the Elk field, in southern Papua New Guinea, back into the ground during production.

Once depleted, the Elk gas field is planned to be used for CO₂ storage from the nearby Antelope reservoir.

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The first phase of engineering and design work for the Papua LNG project commenced in July 2022 while the project’s final investment decision is scheduled for the end of next year.

TotalEnergies Australia and Papua New Guinea country delegate Jean-Francois Hery was cited by the news agency as saying that the company plans to sell most of the project’s gas allocation prior to making its final investment decision.

Earlier this year, Technip Energies, in a consortium with Clough, secured a front-end engineering design (FEED) contract for the upstream production facilities of the Papua LNG project.