Santos has commenced a concept study on a hydrogen future for the Cooper Basin.
The concept study has been awarded to GHD.
The NT Government last week outlined its push for a hydrogen industry here.
The Cooper Basin stretches across the northeast corner of South Australia, across the corner of the Northern Territory and into southwestern Queensland.
Santos managing director and chief executive Officer Kevin Gallagher said natural gas can be de-carbonised at its source to make "zero-emissions" or "blue" hydrogen.
The carbon dioxide produced as a result can then be safely and permanently captured and stored in the same reservoirs that the gas came from.
"The Cooper Basin hydrogen concept study builds on our progress towards the 1.7 million tonne Cooper Basin Carbon Capture and Storage Project for which Santos is targeting a final investment decision later this year, subject to a CCS methodology being approved for the Emissions Reduction Fund," Mr Gallagher said.
"Carbon capture and storage is the fastest and most efficient route to a hydrogen economy, using less water, de-carbonising natural gas at its source and eliminating Scope 3 emissions."
"CCS enables the capture of carbon dioxide from the production of blue hydrogen, making it a 'zero-emissions' fuel."
Mr Gallagher said the development of blue hydrogen from natural gas in combination with CCS will be critical in our transition to a low-carbon future.
Santos' proposed Moomba CCS Project in South Australia would capture the 1.7 million tonnes of carbon dioxide currently separated from natural gas each year at the Moomba Gas Plant and reinject it into the same geological formations where it was extracted from.
"With the Cooper Basin's reinjection capacity assessed at up to 20 million tonnes of carbon dioxide per year for 50 years, it has the potential to de-carbonise energy at its source," Mr Gallagher said.
Santos and GHD aim to complete the concept study by the end of 2020.