Australian LNG player Santos and its Bayu-Undan joint venture partners have signed a memorandum of understanding with Timor-Leste’s national oil company Timor GAP to explore partnership opportunities for the proposed Bayu-Undan carbon capture and storage project offshore Timor-Leste.
The memorandum follows four non-binding MOUs for CO2 supply to Bayu-Undan CCS that indicate demand for CO2 storage at Bayu-Undan CCS could be more than 10 million tonnes per annum, according to a Santos statement.
Santo said the MoU with Timor GAP includes sharing information about Bayu-Undan CCS and exploring potential partnership opportunities, including equity participation for Timor GAP in the CCS project.
Santos managing director and CEO, Kevin Gallagher, said Bayu-Undan CCS is “well positioned” to provide future carbon management services to the Asia Pacific region.
“This could be an exciting new industry for Timor-Leste, putting it at the leading edge of the global energy evolution and generating revenue, local jobs and business opportunities for the nation,” Gallagher said.
“Santos and our joint venture partners are delighted to be working with Timor GAP on partnership opportunities to advance Bayu-Undan CCS as a carbon storage hub for customers in Australia, Japan, Korea, and across Asia as those countries seek to decarbonize their economies,” he said.
“We look forward to working with Timor GAP and the Timor-Leste and Australian governments to progress the necessary commercial, fiscal and legislative arrangements to support the development of the Bayu-Undan CCS project,” Gallagher said.
Reducing emissions of gas and LNG projects
Bayu-Undan CCS ex-Darwin will provide a cost-competitive carbon solution because of its large scale and ability to utilize existing pipelines and other infrastructure, Santos claims.
In addition, the storage reservoirs are well understood, have previously held gas and condensate in place for tens of millions of years, and will provide safe and permanent CO2 storage, the firm said.
The project has the potential to reduce the absolute emissions and emissions intensity of Australian and Timor-Leste gas and LNG projects, as well as other hard to abate industries in the region, it said.
Santos added it also means that Australian and Timor-Leste gas and LNG projects will have a competitive advantage in a low-carbon world, with the potential to offer abated gas as a premium product for customers.
The Bayu-Undan CCS project is part of Santos’ three-hub CCS strategy that includes the Moomba CCS project, now 70 percent complete and on track to store up to 1.7 million tonnes of CO2 per year starting in 2024.
Santos has a 43.4 percent operated interest in Bayu-Undan. The remaining interest is held by SK E&S (25 percent), Inpex (11.4 percent), Eni (11 percent) and Tokyo Timor Sea Resources (9.2 percent).