06 May 2021

Alongside partners including Air Liquide, BASF, Borealis, ExxonMobil, INEOS, Fluxys, Total & VLAO, the Port of Antwerp is investigating the technical and economic feasibility of building CCUS (Carbon Capture Utilisation & Storage) infrastructure. The partners are currently carrying out a feasibility study with the support of the Flemish Agency for Innovation & Enterprise to study the possibility of building a central "backbone" in the form of a pipeline along the industrial zones on both the Right and Left banks of the Scheldt, along with various shared processing units, a shared CO2 liquefaction unit, interim storage facilities and cross-border transport of CO2, both by ship and by pipeline. Since Belgium does not have suitable geological strata, international collaboration will be necessary to transport the CO2 across borders and store it permanently in areas such as depleted offshore gas fields. For this purpose, Antwerp@C is examining the possibilities of transporting CO2 to Rotterdam by pipeline or by ship to Norway. The port is keen to take advantage of its position as the largest integrated energy and chemicals cluster in Europe and sees CCS and CCU as important routes in the transition to a carbon-neutral port.

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