據彭博社5月19日報道，澳大利亞正通過鼓勵雪佛龍公司（Chevron Corp.）和伍德賽德石油有限公司（Woodside Petroleum Ltd.）等石油公司投資碳減排
，此舉受到行業游說團體澳大利亞石油生產與勘探協會(Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association)的歡迎。桑托斯公司(Santos Ltd.)也對這一技術表示歡迎，該公司正在南澳大利亞開發一個由西方石油公司（OccidentalPetroleumCorp.）和英國石油公司（BP）支持的CCS項目。與此同時，雪佛龍(Chevron)已向其高更液化天然氣(Gorgon LNG)工廠的一個碳封存項目投資數十億美元，該項目在拖延數年后于8月投產。
洪偉立 摘譯自 彭博社
Australia Looks to Big Oil in Latest Plan to Curb Emissions
Australia is seeking to cut emissions in one of the world’s biggest per-capita polluters by encouraging oil firms including Chevron Corp. and Woodside Petroleum Ltd. to invest in carbon-reduction projects.
The nation on Tuesday said it would revamp a multibillion-dollar climate fund to support the development of technologies such as carbon capture and storage to improve efficiency and reduce greenhouse gases. The move was welcomed by the oil and gas industry and blasted by climate groups, which said it undermines renewable energy projects.
Under Taylor’s proposal, carbon capture and storage projects would be eligible for carbon credits, in a move welcomed by the Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association, an industry lobby group. It was also hailed by Santos Ltd., which is developing a CCS program in South Australia backed by Occidental Petroleum Corp. and BP Plc. Meanwhile, Chevron has ploughed billions of dollars into a carbon sequestration project at its Gorgon LNG plant, which started operation in August after several years of delay.
“Australia needs low-cost, large-scale abatement to maintain our position as a leading energy exporter and manufacturer of energy-intensive materials such as steel and cement, as well as to enable new industries such as hydrogen,” Santos Chief Executive Officer Kevin Gallagher said in a statement. “CCS can facilitate the fastest route to a hydrogen fueled economy.”