The French company Air Liquide has announced that it will develop Australia’s first commercial carbon capture plant at the Torrens Island Power Station in Adelaide’s north-west.

The multimillion dollar plant is expected capture up to 50,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide a year which would have the same impact as taking 16,000 cars off the road. The carbon dioxide will be used to carbonate drinks and treat waste water.

The Torrens Island Power Station is owned by AGL. It is the largest power station in South Australia and the largest gas-fired power station in Australia. Half the site is to be mothballed in 2017 when four of its older generating units, collectively known as A-station, are taken out of service. The carbon capture is to take place from B-station.

The Torrens Island carbon capture plant is expected it to be running by the second half of 2016.