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Sun May 12, 2019, 07:43 AM

European CCS Program Plans To Bury .0027% Of 2018's Total Of Human CO2 Output Over 10 Years

Three of the largest ports in Europe Rotterdam, Antwerp and Ghent are to be used to capture and bury 10m tonnes of CO2 emissions under the North Sea in what will be the biggest project of its kind in the world.

The ports, which account for one-third of the total greenhouse gas emissions from the Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg region, are to be used to pipe the gas into a porous reservoir of sandstone about two miles (3km) below the seabed.

It is hoped the project could be completed by 2030 but the scale of the storage, in two empty gas fields, is unprecedented and raises questions about how the CO2 will affect the deep subsurface, according to the Dutch government.

An application for EU project of common interest status for the development has been made, which would open the door to subsidies for building the network. The goal is to construct the CO2 network in the port of Rotterdam by 2026, with work then to be completed in the following four years on a cross-border pipeline to Antwerp and the North Sea port by Ghent.



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