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Transport en opslag van CO2

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Fossil fuels such as gas, coal, and oil are extracted from the earth and, during their burning, CO2 is released into the atmosphere. In the port of Rotterdam, a project is underway that aims to return CO2 to the soil.

Under project Porthos, some 37 million tonne (Mton) of CO2 will be transported from industrial companies in the port of Rotterdam and stored in empty gas fields under the North Sea. This entails about 2.5 Mton of CO2 annually, collected for a period of 15 years from Shell, ExxonMobil, Air Liquide, and Air Products.

Carbon capture and storage (CCS for short) of CO2 will make an important contribution to national climate targets. CCS is a relatively inexpensive way to keep large quantities of CO2 from entering the atmosphere. In the Climate Agreement, CCS was specifically chosen as one of the measures toward CO2 reduction.

Porthos is an initiative of the Port of Rotterdam Authority, EBN, and Gasunie. In the autumn of 2023, they will make the final decision on investing in the construction of Porthos, which would then commence early 2024. Porthos will be put into service in 2026.