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The first major CO2 transport and storage (CCS) project in the Netherlands can proceed, now that the Council of State has ruled positively on the ecological assessment of project Porthos.
Editorial office / Rotterdam

The Dutch Council of State concluded that the ecological study demonstrated that the deposition of nitrogen compounds due to the construction of Porthos has no significant effects on nearby conservation areas. The final investment decision is now being prepared by Porthos. The aim is to start construction in early 2024, allowing the system to be operational in 2026.

Porthos (in full Port of Rotterdam CO2 Transport Hub and Offshore Storage) aims to transport 2.5 million tons of CO2 per year from industry in the Port of Rotterdam and store it in empty gas fields under the North Sea. At the same time, the industry is working to transition to processes based on renewable energy and raw materials to further reduce CO2 emissions.

With these combined measures, the Dutch climate goals will become more attainable: as early as 2030, greenhouse gas emissions must be reduced by at least 55% compared to 1990. By 2050, the Netherlands must be totally climate neutral.

Image: Porthos CO2 Transport and Storage C.V.