Fluxys and Equinor agreed to develop a major infrastructure project to transport captured CO2 from emitters to safe storage sites in the North Sea, connecting Belgium to Norway, Equinor announced in a statement Wednesday.
As carbon capture, transport and storage (CCS) is essential in achieving significant CO2 emission reductions, this joint project offers the northwestern European market a robust and flexible solution for large-scale decarbonization.
The project will facilitate CCS through a 1,000-kilometer long CO2 export trunk line operated by Equinor to transport CO2 for safe and permanent storage under the seabed on the Norwegian continental shelf.
The offshore trunkline will connect in Zeebrugge to an onshore CO2 transmission infrastructure built and operated by Fluxys.
The open-access CO2 transmission system will give emitters in Belgium and surrounding countries the opportunity to connect to safe and reliable CO2 stores in Norway.
It also offers the opportunity for the connection of liquefied CO2 shipped from neighboring hubs to the Zeebrugge facility, further increasing the geographical reach of the project.
'A pipeline branch to the port of Dunkirk is also envisaged and additional connections to other North-West European countries will be assessed as well,' the statement said.
By Gulsen Cagatay