CO2CRC's Otway research facility is Australia's first demonstration of the deep geological storage of carbon dioxide (CO2), the most common greenhouse gas. The project provides technical information on the injection, storage and monitoring of carbon that will influence national policy and industry.
Easternwell's contract involves the drilling of four wells using its drilling rig 103. The 800hp rig has a mast capacity of 180,000lbs and is capable of drilling production and coring wells to depths of 2,400m.
Easternwell general manager, Kyle Koziol said: "We are pleased to support CO2CRC's innovative and world-leading project by drilling wells for carbon capture and storage.
"Our team is excited to play their part in making this project a success and reducing greenhouse gas emissions."
The $100 million Otway project is the world's largest carbon capture and storage demonstration project; with over 80,000t of CO2 injected and stored in a variety of geological formations. It includes an internationally renowned monitoring program that tests advanced technologies and techniques with the aim of reducing cost. The program is the most comprehensive of its type in the world.