Wintershall Dea, Fluxys Mull CO2 Pipeline Network Between Germany, Belgium

Wintershall Dea, Fluxys Mull CO2 Pipeline Network Between Germany, Belgium

Wintershall Dea has paired up with Fluxys to look into the option of developing a CO2 pipeline network between Germany and Belgium. The plan would enable the delivery of CO2 from industrial clusters in southern Germany to offshore CCS storage locations in the North Sea, via Belgium’s Zeebrugge port. Wintershall Dea would develop the planned pipeline network in Germany with Fluxys doing the same in Belgium.

Fluxys, a transmission system operator headquartered in Belgium, is constructing a CO2 hub in Zeebrugge as a collection point for the onward transport of industrial emissions to secure storage sites under the seabed of the North Sea. Wintershall Dea is also planning a CO2 hub – called CO2nnectNow – in Wilhelmshaven on the German North Sea coast, a Wintershall statement reads.

As part of their cooperation, the two companies are also assessing to jointly develop an offshore transport system, starting from Zeebrugge and Wilhelmshaven, to CO2 storage sites in the North Sea, the statement said.

“With Fluxys, we have a strong partner to advance the expansion of the CO2 transport network and thereby create the necessary infrastructure for the capture and storage of CO2 emissions from industry,” says Hugo Dijkgraaf, Wintershall Dea’s Chief Technology Officer and Member of its Executive Board. “In northern Germany, we are already well positioned through our foreseen CO2 hub in Wilhelmshaven. Through our cooperation with Fluxys, we now also want to offer opportunities for the decarbonization of industrial sites in southern Germany.”

“We are delighted to cooperate with Wintershall Dea to accelerate the decarbonization of industry in Southern Germany and beyond. The initiative dovetails perfectly with Fluxys’ strategy to be the essential partner for speeding up the energy transition” says Pascal De Buck, CEO of Fluxys Belgium. “One of our key focus areas is to develop open access CO2 infrastructure to accommodate the carbon capture and storage chain. The CCS chain is essential for industry to decarbonize while maintaining economic activity and employment. Our ambition is to provide the market the capacity required to transport 30 million tonnes of CO2 by 2030.” 

Wintershall Dea noted that currently there are legal hurdles to transporting CO2 to storage sites outside Germany. However, the company also stated that German policymakers have now come to recognize the potential of CCS. 

Wintershall Dea said it is already pushing ahead with CCS projects in Northern Europe. In Denmark, CO2 will be stored underground for the first time ever in March as part of the Project Greensand. In addition to Denmark, Wintershall Dea is also pursuing CCS-related projects in Norway, through its Luna CCS project, where the focus is also on establishing cross-border CCS value chains, the company said.

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