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Belgian chemical and life sciences sector federation essenscia stresses the urgent need for an underground route for additional pipelines between Antwerp port, the Dutch Chemelot industrial park and from there further to the German Ruhr area. Such a route would be indispensable to help realise the energy and climate transition and further make the chemical industry in Flanders more sustainable and economically anchored.
Editorial office / Antwerp

This additional route has been under discussion for many years and a strip of land has already been reserved. However, the Flemish government recently halted the project. Flemish Environment Minister Zuhal Demir (N-VA) says it is still too unclear exactly what that pipeline will be used for. There are also quite a few protests among residents living near the pipeline route. They fear it will be used for additional fossil oil transports towards Germany.

Key role

According to essenscia, pipelines play a key role in the industrial transition currently under way. They are needed for the transport of sustainable energy carriers such as hydrogen, but also for bio-based, recycled and green molecules. They also enable the large-scale disposal of CO2 captured at companies for storage (CCS) or industrial reuse (CCU), a crucial technology to meet climate targets.

Pipelines are the most environmentally friendly, safe and efficient means of transporting bulk chemicals, with by far the lowest CO2 emissions and a unique transport profile that allows very large volumes to be transported without visual, noise or odour pollution and without impacting other traffic flows.

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