University of Newcastle carbon capture start-up Mineral Carbonation international is looking to explore for serpentine rock near the Hunter

A carbon capture start-up, operating out of the University of Newcastle, is looking to explore for materials near Gloucester to use in their demonstration plant.

Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources site in 2013

Mineral Carbonation international (MCi Carbon) - a joint venture between Orica, the University of Newcastle and Canberra-based GreenMag Group - established their pilot plant at the university's Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources (NIER) site in 2013.

Last year, the company received a $14.6 million Federal Government grant to build a mobile demonstration plant at Kooragang.

They are now looking for materials to use as feedstock for the demonstration plant, with an exploration license application (ELA) lodged on August 25.

The ELA covers about six square kilometres of private land at Mt George, north-east of Gloucester.

"MCi Carbon intends to explore the serpentinite rock body located at Mt George," an MCi Carbon spokesperson said.

MCi's technology accelerates a natural process called mineral carbonation. By taking carbon dioxide from sources like industrial emissions and reacting it will a feedstock, the company creates a carbonated product for building materials.

Read the full article in the Newcastle Herald 12th September 2022