Netherlands' First Major CO2 Transport & Storage System Set for 2026 Launch

Wednesday, October 18, 2023

The final investment decision has been reached for Porthos, a major carbon transportation and storage project in the Netherlands.

Porthos is a joint venture of EBN, Gasunie, and the Port of Rotterdam Authority. Porthos will provide transport and storage services to several companies in the port of Rotterdam, including Air Liquide, Air Products, ExxonMobil, and Shell. These companies will invest in their own capture installations to supply CO2 to Porthos. Porthos will transport the CO2 through the port of Rotterdam to depleted gas fields in the North Sea, approximately 20 km off the coast, where it will be permanently stored at a depth of 3 to 4 km under the seabed.

Reaching the FID now allows for the construction of the first major CO2 transport and storage system in the Netherlands to start in 2024. The Porthos infrastructure involves an investment amount of €1.3 billion. Now that the final investment decision has been taken, Porthos will award the final contracts to the contractors who will realize the project. The Porthos system is expected to be operational in 2026, Gasunie said.

"Porthos will store about 2.5 Mtonnes of CO2 per year for 15 years, to a total of about 37 Mtonnes. With that, Porthos is sold out. The onshore transport system that is being constructed does provide space for future CO2 storage projects," Gasunie said.

Hans Meeuwsen, director of Porthos: "CO2 storage is crucial if we want to achieve the climate goals in the Netherlands. This investment decision is an important starting point for future developments in CO2 storage in the Netherlands."

According to Hans Coenen, a member of Gasunie's Executive Board, this is an important moment for Gasunie and the first major investment in CO2 transport. "The transport of CO2 forms for us—alongside the transport of hydrogen, heat, and green gas - an important link in the further development of energy infrastructure necessary for the energy transition."

To realize the project, Porthos partners with TAQA Energy, the present operator of the P18 gas fields, and specialized contractors and suppliers such as Denys N.V., Allseas, LMR Drilling GmbH, Mannesmann Grossrohr GmbH, Corinth Pipeworks, Equans, Ensco Offshore, Van der Ven, and Bonatti. Together, under Porthos’s direction, they will deliver the required infrastructure.

"Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) is a cost-effective way to keep large amounts of CO2 emissions out of the atmosphere in the short term. It is therefore an important pillar of the Dutch government's climate policy. Thanks to Porthos, the Rotterdam port industry will soon emit about 10% less CO2. At the same time, the industry is working on the transition to processes based on renewable energy and raw materials," Gasunie said.

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