Carbon capture elusive

PREMIER Anna Bligh hopes to one day sell the intellectual property rights to cleaner coal despite $192 million in research failing to find the answer.

The Bligh Government pumped $102 million of Queensland taxpayer money into State-owned ZeroGen, a joint State- Commonwealth government and industry led-research project into carbon-capture technology for coal-fired power production.

The research was to be the first step in building a $4.3 billion clean-coal power station in central Queensland in 2015 that would be fired-up by 2020.

Ms Bligh said building the carbon-capture facility by 2015, as first proposed, was not commercially viable.

“There is nothing unusual in this,” she said.

“I absolutely reject that this research was a waste of money.”

Opposition Leader John-Paul Langbroek has called for an inquiry into the project.

“This is just another costly bungle by this long-term Labor Government,” he said.

“This Government continues to throw away hundreds of millions of dollars of taxpayer funds.”

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