CO2 infrastructure project in Rotterdam advances

CO2next project progresses towards developing crucial CO2 infrastructure in Rotterdam

CO2next is entering the Front-End Engineering Design (FEED) phase of its project and has awarded the FEED contract to the engineering and technology group Sener.

CO2next aims to build a liquid CO2 terminal at the Maasvlakte in the Port of Rotterdam, that can be used by customers not connected to a CO2 pipeline to ship liquid CO2.

The terminal is expected to be a critical piece of CO2 infrastructure which can be leveraged as part of the Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) chain. The technical feasibility and development of such CCS chain is jointly explored with the Aramis CCS project, to which the terminal will be connected.

During the FEED phase the design, the realisation schedule, and the cost of the proposed CO2next terminal will be further defined, the relevant permits can be received and customers will be contracted in preparation for the Final Investment Decision (FID) currently planned for 2025.  

With the CO2next project, the project partners aim to build an open-access liquid CO2 terminal at the Maasvlakte in Rotterdam with jetties in the Yangtze Canal.

The terminal will be able to receive and deliver liquid CO2 via vessels and will be connected to depleted gas fields in the North Sea via the Aramis trunkline for storage.

Following the FID planned for 2025, subject to permits being granted by relevant authorities, the CO2next terminal is currently foreseen to commence commercial operations in 2028.

Shell and TotalEnergies have joined the development of the CO2next project, which to date was led by Gasunie and Vopak. The CO2next project is subject to customary competition clearance, which the project partners will perform before FID in due course.

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Fulco van Geuns, Project Director CO2next, said: “We are pleased to see the CO2next project firming up.

“Carbon Capture and Storage is recognised as required to enable the decarbonisation of the hard-to-abate industries and we see a clear role for such a liquid CO2 terminal in the European CO2 infrastructure.

“The same infrastructure may also be required to enable a Carbon Utilisation industry in future. We welcome Shell and TotalEnergies to the partnership and are looking forward to jointly deliver this project.”

Just recently, A.P. Moller-Maersk (Maersk) opened a dedicated cross-dock warehouse in Rotterdam at the Maasvlakte II terminal.

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