Analysis of the Potential for Negative CO2 Emission Mine Sites through Bacteria-mediated Carbon Mineralisation: Evidence from Australia

Manuel Siegrist, Colette Southam, Gary Bowman, Siobhan A. Wilson, Gordon Southam

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Carbon mineralisation has the potential to sequester and safely store large amounts of carbon dioxide (CO2). However, this technology has not seen the same level of development as geological storage in sedimentary reservoirs. This is primarily because early work on carbonation of minerals focused on high temperature and pressure process routes, which are cost-prohibitive to accelerate the reaction from geological to industrial time scales. Bacteria-mediated carbon mineralisation of mine tailings [1] overcomes this impediment because it occurs at ambient temperature and standard pressure and the rock is already crushed. With abundant mafic and ultramafic rock, a highly developed mining sector, and a warm climate that promotes fast carbonation reactions, Australia presents an optimal region to develop this technology. We assess the mineralisation potential of Australia's existing and future nickel mine tailings and estimate that this carbon sink could sequester up to 2,171 Megatons (Mt) of CO2.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEnergy Procedia
Subtitle of host publication13th International Conference on Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies, GHGT-13, 14-18 November 2016, Lausanne, Switzerland
Place of PublicationAmsterdam Netherlands
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 2017
EventInternational Conference on Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies (GHGT) 2016 - SwissTech Convention Centre, Lausanne, Switzerland
Duration: 14 Nov 201618 Nov 2016
Conference number: 13th (Call For Papers)

Publication series

NameEnergy Procedia
ISSN (Electronic)1876-6102


ConferenceInternational Conference on Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies (GHGT) 2016
Abbreviated titleGHGT 2016
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  • Carbon mineralisation
  • Carbon Sequestration
  • CCS
  • CO Emissions
  • Mining
  • Nickel

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